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‘The Batman’ director Matt Reeves will not be using Ben Affleck’s script, will start from scratch

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With War for the Planet of the Apes in the bag, Matt Reeves can now shift his focus over to The Batman, which he signed on to direct and produce on the upcoming standalone action adventure centering on the beloved DC Comics superhero earlier this year, following the departure of Ben Affleck.

However, during a recent interview on MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast with host Josh Horowitz, Reeves revealed that he would not be using an earlier draft of the script that was penned by Affleck along with Argo scribe Chris Terrio and DC’s Geoff Johns. Here’s what he had to say:

“No, it’s a new story. It’s just starting again. I’m excited about it. I think it’s going to be really cool.”

What does this mean for The Batman? Well, for starters, this could mean that Joe Manganiello, who was cast as the villain Deathstroke, could no longer have a role in the film if Reeves decides he wants a completely different new set of characters in the story. In previous interviews, the director has described how he wants to do an “almost noir driven, detective version of Batman,” which, in all honesty, should sound quite appealing to any fan of the franchise.

As expected, the news of Reeves scrapping Affleck’s earlier draft came with plenty of speculation from movie and comic book fans alike on social media, many of them discussing whether or not it was even “good” to begin with. But, in this particular case, it doesn’t seem as though Reeves dropped the screenplay because he didn’t find it satisfactory. Anyone who is familiar with Reeves’ work knows that he is a director who enjoys creative freedom, and, much like Affleck, resonates with the character of Batman very deeply. Perhaps this not-so-shocking decision is one that will assure his vision comes to life once production begins more than anything else.

A release date for The Batman has not been announced.

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Elizabeth Debicki and Robert Pattinson have joined the cast of Christopher Nolan’s next film

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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?

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‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ teaser trailer reveals Tarantino’s star-studded ninth film

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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.

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John David Washington has landed the lead role in Christopher Nolan’s untitled 2020 event film

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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.

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