Ever since the end of last month, it seems as if new rumors surrounding The Batman have become available on various blogs, trade sites, and social media. While Ben Affleck’s involvement with the Caped Crusader’s upcoming solo movie has been the center of much speculation, with some people suggesting that the reason he is no longer directing is due to the recent draft of the script that was turned in by Argo scribe Chris Terrio, Collider’s John Campea is now suggesting that Affleck wants to get out of the role completely.
During yesterday’s episode of Collider Movie Talk, the panel began discussing Matt Reeves’ negotiations to direct The Batman when the conversation suddenly segued into the topic of Affleck’s disinterest in playing the Dark Knight. “Ben Affleck, make no mistake, he wants out. He doesn’t want to be Batman anymore,” Campea said. However, please keep in mind that this is just pure speculation at the moment, with Campea himself even saying to take this rumor with “a grain of salt.”
Campea went on to add that Affleck is now in active negotiations with Warner Bros. to get out of his contract that includes multiple Batman appearances, including The Batman, which is scheduled to begin production by the end of the year. With active discussions ongoing at the studio, it appears that this could be Affleck’s last appearance as the superhero character if a deal cannot be reached by a particular point in time.
While it’s a tad disappointing to see that Affleck may not be as committed as he was a week or two ago when he issued a statement saying that he will “remain extremely committed to this project, and look forward to bringing this to life for fans around the world,” while assisting the studio in their search for a new director, this project should be given to an actor who is fully invested in the role rather than someone who is just in it due to contractual obligations that may not have been able to get out of. In a separate statement, Warner Bros. mentioned that they fully support Affleck’s decision and remain “committed to working with him to bring a standalone Batman picture to life.”
The Batman was originally expected to hit theaters in 2018 but with the recent turn of events, Warner Bros. will be pushing the film back to 2019 as they continue to get development and pre-production issues under control.
Woody Allen just self-released the trailer for ‘A Rainy Day in New York’ on his Facebook page
It was once thought that Woody Allen’s A Rainy Day in New York, the film at the center of the director’s $68 million lawsuit against Amazon, would never see the light of day given the rise of the #MeToo movement and renewed attention towards the sexual abuse accusations made against Allen by his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow.
However, that no longer seems to be the case as a trailer for A Rainy Day in New York popped up on yesterday Allen’s official Facebook page, revealing our first look at the film starring Timothée Chalamet and Elle Fanning as a young couple who arrive in New York City to spend a weekend together.
It wasn’t up until January of last year, though, that literally almost everybody involved with this project slowly began to distance themselves from it, with many of the film’s stars donating their salaries to charity and Amazon Studios shelving the movie indefinitely.
This, of course, did not bode well with Allen, prompting him to take Amazon to New York federal court, where he’s asking for a $68 million payday in a case that is still pending.
Now, on one hand, I applaud Amazon for taking such great lengths to distance themselves from an accused child molester and all-around creep like Woody Allen. On the other hand, though, I say fuck them for even getting into business with an accused child molester and all-around creep like Woody Allen in the first place.
Amazon could’ve avoided this whole situation had they not signed a multi-million dollar five-picture deal with Allen to begin with, especially after he made that god-awful Crisis in Six Scenes miniseries for them a few years ago.
Case in point: don’t work with Woody Allen under any circumstances, folks.
Anyway, a couple of overseas distributors have said that they’re willing to release Allen’s movie despite his questionable past and the sexual abuse allegations against him, hence this new trailer for A Rainy Day in New York, which you can check out below:
Oh god, the cast of Mel Gibson’s very unnecessary remake of ‘The Wild Bunch’ is actually pretty good
As if I wasn’t already Mad Online™ enough today, Deadline has broken the news that Michael Fassbender, Jamie Foxx, and Peter Dinklage are all in talks to join the cast of Mel Gibson‘s remake of Sam Peckinpah’s 1969 Western classic The Wild Bunch.
Gibson is co-writing the movie along with Bryan Bagby, who has not had a credit on any film since 2000’s L.I.N.X. (whatever the fuck that is), in addition to executive producing. It’s his first directing effort since 2016’s Hacksaw Ridge.
Now, don’t get me wrong—Fassbender, Foxx, and Dinklage are all incredible actors in their own right. The problem here, though, isn’t them. It’s the fact that I don’t think a movie like The Wild Bunch needs to be remade in any capacity whatsoever, especially not by the likes of Mel Gibson.
As we’ve pointed out on this site several times before and will continue to do so every time Gibson’s name comes up, the dude has a troubling history that includes domestic abuse, homophobia, and racist and anti-Semitic tirades. If you need to be reminded of all of the terrible shit he’s said over the years, check out this list compiled by Gawker.
The fact that Gibson is able to just disappear from the spotlight for a few years, come back, and suddenly be able to find all of the work that he’s finding is absolutely astonishing. Warner Bros. really couldn’t get another, less problematic director to helm this project? Like, literally anybody other than Mel Gibson?
Anyway, no word yet on when The Wild Bunch is set to be released, but production on the projection is expected to get underway this fall, so it seems likely we’ll be seeing this thing by sometime next year at the earliest.
Nicolas Cage is going to star in a ‘hardcore cop thriller’ written by the dude who wrote ‘Green Book’
You all remember Nick Vallelonga, the Oscar-winning Green Book screenwriter and producer who deleted his Twitter account last year after old tweets of his resurfaced in which he pushed Donald Trump’s debunked claim that Muslims could be seen cheering in New Jersey on 9/11, right?
Well, in a bit of rather unfortunate news, IndieWire is reporting that Vallelonga is partnering with none other than Nicolas Cage on his next project, 10 Double Zero, which is described as a “hardcore cop thriller that mixes the grittiness of old school Michael Mann with the cutting-edge style of Sicario.” Yeah, let that sink in for a minute.
Per the film’s official synopsis: “Set in the stifling heat of Louisiana, two police officers take on a personal vendetta to hunt down cop killers, but as they get closer to solving the crime, they find themselves targets of a conspiracy in the ranks of the police force as the investigation leads right back to them.”
Heh, a conspiracy, you say? Vallelonga seems to know a thing or two about those.
Anyway, on a serious note, is this the punishment the world gets for sleeping on the hypnotic masterpiece that was Mandy last year, which features what is arguably the best performance we’ve ever seen from Nicolas Cage? Is this what we get for giving a dude who pushes racist bullshit on social media a bunch of Oscars earlier this year?
I mean, come on. Anything other than this shit.