Ben Affleck appeared alongside his Justice League co-stars at San Diego Comic-Con today where he seemingly shut down rumors that he would no longer be playing Batman after an article from The Hollywood Reporter suggested that Warner Bros. was developing a plan that would usher him out of the DC Extended Universe.
Rather than transcribing what Affleck said during the Hall H panel, we figured it would be best to embed the video of him speaking about the matter, courtesy of our good friends over at JoBlo, which is too good not to share. Take a look for yourself below:
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And below is the original report we brought to you yesterday.
Original story: It’s no secret that there is a lot of back and forth with Ben Affleck’s involvement in the DC Extended Universe. Around the end of last year and into the current one, Affleck happily confirmed that he would be directing The Batman after previously stating in an interview that “it was not a set thing” and that “there’s no script.” However, weeks later, he changed courses and officially stepped down from his position as a director on the high-profile project.
Fast forward to the present day, and it appears Affleck’s involvement in the DCEU is in limbo once again as The Hollywood Reporter suggests that Warner Bros. is working on a plan that would help “usher out Affleck’s Batman gracefully” and that they would address the change “in some shape or form in one of the upcoming DC films.”
With Affleck heading to San Diego Comic-Con this weekend to help promote Justice League on the studio’s Hall H panel on Saturday, a request for comment from Warner Bros. on THR’s report didn’t lead us to anything new, but rather previously released statement from Toby Emmerich, the studio’s president and chief content officer. Take a look below:
“Ben is our Batman. We love him as Batman. We want to keep him in the cowl as long as we can.”
For Affleck, though, the situation at hand could be much greater than simply just not wanting to play the role, one that is very near and dear to his heart, anymore. Back in March, the actor revealed that he had “completed treatment for alcohol addiction” and that it was “something I’ve dealt with in the past and will continue to confront.” Among all the speculation, perhaps Affleck just simply needs to take some time to focus on himself and his family, which is something that I think we can all relate to in one way or another.
Until a decision has been made, you can certainly expect to see Affleck in Justice League this November, while his involvement with Matt Reeves’ The Batman, which is currently undergoing a major change in screenplays, is still on the table until production begins in 2018.
Elizabeth Debicki and Robert Pattinson have joined the cast of Christopher Nolan’s next film
Just one day after it was revealed that John David Washington had been cast as the lead in Christopher Nolan’s mysterious next film, Variety is back again with some more very exciting casting news regarding this project.
According to the trade, Elizabeth Debicki and Robert Pattinson have also joined the cast of the yet-to-titled film, which is set to be released on July 17, 2020, so mark your calendars accordingly, folks.
While not much is known about the project since it still in the early stages at this point, one insider told Variety that the film is “a massive, innovative action blockbuster” and, like many of Nolan’s previous films, will once again be shown in big, beautiful IMAX.
Debicki absolutely stole the show in Steve McQueen’s star-studded female heist thriller Widows last November and Pattinson has been taking on so many incredibly interesting, complex roles in recent years with films like Safdie brothers’ Good Time and, more recently, Claire Denis’ High Life.
With those two now on board a project that already has the likes of Christopher Nolan and John David Washington involved, I’m already 100% sold on this movie even though I literally no idea what the hell it’s about or what it’s even called. When do tickets go on sale?
‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ teaser trailer reveals Tarantino’s star-studded ninth film
Yes, the first trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is finally here. Yes, it’s fucking incredible and everything I was hoping it would be. Yes, I take back everything I said about that god-awful poster Sony released a few days ago. No, I will not stop clicking the replay button.
It’s the summer of 1969 in good ol’ Los Angeles, California where Western TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) are struggling to navigate their way through a Hollywood that they hardly recognize anymore. But Rick has a very famous next-door neighbor: actress Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie).
While we don’t get to see much of Robbie in this trailer, we do get a hell of a lot of DiCaprio and Pitt, who appear to be having a blast in their respective roles, especially the latter, who we see getting a Kung Fu lesson from Bruce Lee (Mike Moh) at one point—that line about manslaughter damn near killed me!
With a cast that also includes the likes of Al Pacino, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, Nicholas Hammond, Luke Perry, Clifton Collins, Keith Jefferson, and Emile Hirsch, it’s tough not to be excited for Tarantino’s latest, which may have just skyrocketed to the top of my most anticipated for the rest of the year list thanks to this trailer.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will hit theaters on July 26. You can check out the newly released trailer below.
John David Washington has landed the lead role in Christopher Nolan’s untitled 2020 event film
Let the hype begin: Variety is reporting that Oscar-nominated BlacKkKlansman star John David Washington has been tapped to star in Christopher Nolan’s secretive new film, with production on the project expected to get underway in the coming months.
According to the story, “Nolan recently finished the script for the movie and Warner Bros. quickly dated it for July 17, 2020,” but, as you can imagine, with this being a Nolan film and all, plot details are being kept very tightly under wraps at the moment.
What we do know is that the film is being described “as a massive, innovative action blockbuster,” which puts to rest those rumors we heard in recent weeks about it being some romantic thriller of sorts. Oh, and did we mention this thing is going to be shown in IMAX? Because this thing is going to be shown in IMAX.
As for Washington’s role, well, we don’t really know much about that either, but Variety does mention that “the gig has become one of the more highly coveted in town,” which makes me so very happy for John David Washington. The dude absolutely killed it in BlacKkKlansman and deserves this opportunity 100%.
That’s all we have for you right now regarding Nolan’s latest, but be sure to stay tuned for any future developments that might come across our desk. You definitely don’t want to be in the dark when it comes to this one.