After close to a month of speculation, Variety reports that Ben Affleck has chosen to not serve as the director for The Batman, but will remain on board the project in the lead role and as a producer. The decision to step down was made by Affleck jointly with Warner Bros. in a move they think will be best for the movie as a whole.
According to a statement made by Affleck, “Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give. It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require. Together with the studio, I have decided to find a partner in a director who will collaborate with me on this massive film. I am still in this, and we are making it, but we are currently looking for a director. I remain extremely committed to this project, and look forward to bringing this to life for fans around the world.”
There is no official word yet as to who may replace Affleck, but one can expect to start seeing possible names soon. The movie, which has already cast Joe Manganiello as its antagonist Deathstroke, is scheduled to go into pre-production this summer based on a script penned by Affleck and Geoff Johns.
The news, coming immediately after the announcement of The Flash receiving a page one re-write, does not instill confidence in the current status of DC films. Yet, the possibility remains that the decision was made as stated and will allow Affleck to focus on the character of The Batman without having to deal with the full rigors of its production.
By Bryan Martin
After already losing multiple directors, it seems that there is more trouble ahead for DC’s upcoming solo outing for The Flash. Variety reports that the project will be undergoing a complete page-one rewrite to be conducted by Joby Harold. Harold's credits include Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, and not much else, making this a monumental task for the fairly untested screenwriter.
,At first glance, this could be heartbreaking news for Flash fans. But, taking a step back, this could be the best thing that has happened to the movie. After all, Suicide Squad was reported to be a rushed production, and there were definite times where it felt like the script needed more time to develop before the movie had been made. With director Rick Famuyiwa having left The Flash already and no new director in place, there is no connective tissue holding this movie together. Sometimes, the best thing to do when a project falls apart is to simply start over. This could also allow this movie to move away from the tone of the previous DC movies, which are having a hard time connecting with fans.
Hopefully, this is a sign DC is willing to take its time with The Flash in order to really get it right. Time will only tell, but I would not be surprised if the next bit of news we get about this movie is a change in its current July 27, 2018 release date.
The upcoming Flash/Supergirl crossover has turned into a Glee class reunion. TV Line is reporting that the musical crossover of the hit CW shows has found its villain with former Glee alum, Darren Criss. Criss joins the casts as the Music Meister, a role many fans wished would be going to Neil Patrick Harris, and will face off against his former Glee castmates, Melissa Benoist and Grant Gustin.
The episodes are set to air mid-March, starting with Supergirl on the 20th and ending with The Flash on the 21st. The Flash is currently loaded with musical talent, with the likes of Jesse Martin, Victor Garber, and Carlos Valdes lending their vocal talents along with the leads. The crossover is also reported to include performances by John Barrowman and Jeremy Jordan.
With a music inspired villain who forces our heroes to break out into song and dance, one can’t help but be reminded of the classic Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode, “Once More with Feeling”. That episode was as ambitious as it was entertaining, earning status as one of the more popular episodes of the series. That cult classic set a high bar for musical episodes, but with the number of classically trained cast members on both Supergirl and The Flash, there is little doubt that it can reach the same critical acclaim as its predecessors.
By Bryan Martin
After posting on his Instagram page about a successful meeting with DC Entertainment last week, it seems that Dwayne Johnson is now poised to make an even bigger impact in the DCEU than originally expected. Hollywood Reporter has revealed that New Line and DC Entertainment have decided to develop not only a Shazam film, but also a solo Black Adam film with Johnson as the lead.
Johnson has shown himself to be a hot commodity in Hollywood and has earned a reputation for revitalizing franchises such as The Fast and the Furious. He’s even demonstrated his more humorous side with films like Central Intelligence and this summer’s Baywatch. Though the quality of that movie is still to be seen, there is no doubt that Johnson brings a physicality and charm to his roles that the DCEU is in desperate need of. And with an anti-hero the likes of Black Adam, these qualities are required for success.
The Black Adam film is still in its earliest of stages with no writer or director attached yet, but after his meeting with DC last week, Johnson promised, “Hope, optimism, & FUN”. This announcement delivers on all three of those promises.
What are your thoughts on a Black Adam movie? Do you think The Rock can breathe new life into the DCEU?
By Bryan Martin
Yesterday, NBC released the final full-length trailer for its freshman comedy, Powerless, scheduled to premiere on Thursday, February 2nd, at 8:30/7:30c. According to the official description from NBC, the show will center around Emily Locke, portrayed by Vanessa Hudgens, as the Director of Research and Development for Wayne Security.
As seen in the trailer, the show will focus on the aftermath of the epic superhero showdowns we’re all so fond of and the means in which a company is trying to protect the average citizen as they incorporate that chaos into their every day life.
The cast is rounded out with Community veteran Danny Pudi, and the man who stole everyone’s hearts this winter as Rogue One’s K-2SO, Alan Tudyk. Tudyk will be playing the head of Wayne Security and cousin of Bruce Wayne, who also gets a cameo of sorts in the trailer via a text message. This is an interesting, if not a familiar way to keep the heavy hitters of the DC universe connected to the show without over-shadowing it.
A similar technique was used in season one of Supergirl by having Superman appear via chat only. After his appearance in Season 2 of that show, one can only wonder if we will see Bruce Wayne in a cameo appearance on Powerless. Odds are that DC will want to keep the big names off the small screen for the time being, but that does not rule out a possible appearance by other Batman characters such as Lucius Fox or Alfred Pennyworth.
DC has been absolutely fantastic on the TV front in recent years. With hit shows already on the CW and FOX networks, it is quite possible they may have another winner on their hands. What are your thoughts on the trailer? Do you plan on watching the premiere?
By Bryan Martin
Though there has still been no confirmation as to whether or not we’ll see the Emerald Crusader in this year’s upcoming Justice League, a report from Deadline states that DC and Warner Bros. are moving forward with the Green Lantern Corps movie with a script to be written by David Goyer and Justin Rhodes.
Most remember Goyer due to his previous work on the Blade trilogy, Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, and more recently as the major contributor to DC’s Extended Universe with Man of Steel and Batman v. Superman. Justin Rhodes, on the other hand, has only a few credits to his name. His most notable work is 2008’s Contract Killers, which he also directed, and has an incredibly low 13% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Goyer will also take on producing duties for the project with Geoff Johns and Jon Berg serving as executive producers.
The script is being described as Lethal Weapon in space and will include both Hal Jordan and Jon Stewart as members of the Green Lantern Corps. By taking advantage of the buddy-cop approach, DC could be aiming to drop the dark tones of its previous entries in favor of a more light-hearted yet action packed romp. Also, DC may be trying to move away from its Earth based heroes and explore its intergalactic history, a move that worked well for Marvel with Guardians of the Galaxy and, with the right director, could do the same for them.
This storyline brings back memories of the animated film, Green Lantern: First Flight, which also took place off Earth and explored the origins of Hal Jordan and his early days training under Sinestro. By focusing the story on the Corps itself, the film would allow viewers to see more of Sinestro’s oversight as a leading member of the Green Lantern Corps and his slow but steady disillusionment with the organization as a whole that eventually leads to him becoming their greatest enemy. This could be the first groundwork for the strong, consistent villain in the DC Extended Universe.
Right now there is too little to report on where the story will take our intergalactic peacekeepers, but Deadpool put it best when he merely asked that the super suit “not be animated”.
By Scott Murray
The holidays are over, and school is back in session. So, starting today, Marvel 101 students can continue their comic book character eductation with a lesson plan focused on monsters. Monsters have been a big part of the Marvel Comics history. So, in the second season of the informative series, viewers will learn about a new creature or beast every week.
You can check out a new educational video each week! If you missed a "class" or two, you can also catch up on prior episodes.
On December 21st, the Assembly of Geeks podcast wrapped up its three year run with an episode that included an in-depth Rogue One discussion and the defeat of the show's nemesis - The Troll. It was a perfect ending to the part story/part geek talk show that infused a unique format into the geek podcast space. However, it wasn't the end of the talk, nor the end of the creativity.
The name, "Assembly of Geeks", simply became the title of a geek content hub, and a new show featuring virtual host GANNIN, and human hosts Scott Murray, Jeff McGee & Emily Kelley was already in the works. It's called The Geek Directive, and it debuts on Tuesday.
Instead of meeting at The Fantastic Fortress, the show describes the hosts entering the realm of GANNIN. While there, he gives them geek directives that come in the form of what to talk about and how to talk about it. One minute he might instruct them to discuss a topic or comment on a news story, another minute, he might test their geek cred with a challenge or game.
Assembly of Geeks Creative Director, Scott Murray, who developed the show, says recording the first episode is very exciting and a little scary.
"It's a thrill to launch this new addition to Assembly of Geeks," he said, "but it's also a little nerve-racking since we're giving GANNIN all this power."
Murray isn't worried about having to discuss topics, but instead wonders how he'll fare in the challenge segments. He may have to come up with a random line of dialogue based on a singular word. He and the other hosts might have to continue telling on odd story featuring a character from a specific fandom. He might even have to guess what year a comic book came out. While those challenges will keep the human hosts on their toes, Murray feels better when he thinks about the other geek assembly members - the listeners.
"When the Assembly of Geeks podcast was running, listeners told me they found themselves talking to their radios or podcast players," he said. "Now they get to play these games along with us."
Meanwhile, GANNIN is ready to take on his new role. While he definitely will be interested to see what stumps his human counterparts, he said they shouldn't feel intimidated.
"I understand my role," he said. "It's to make the show fun for everyone, and that includes my colleagues. Nobody should be concerned about me trying to embarass them...unless their name is Jeff."
The Geek Directive will be a weekly podcast that posts on Tuesdays. Comic Book Noob and The Gamer's Dominion will rotate Thursdays.
By Scott Murray
Duncan Jones is finally getting to show us the sci-fi thriller that he's wanted to produce for a long time. Later this year, audiences will get to see the story about a bartender who has lost the ability to speak, but must find his missing girlfirend in the underbelly of a futuristic city in the movie Mute.
Alexander Skarsgård plays Leo, who lost his ability to speak as a child, but has to travel to the shady depths of 2052 Berlin to find her. The key to his success may come from two "wise-cracking" American surgeons, played by Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux.
Sci-Fi and classic movie fans will be excited to learn that the futuristic setting of this darker side of Berlin was inspired by movies like Casablanca and Blade Runner. While it's not set on the Moon, Jones has alluded to the idea that Mute is somehow connected to his film, Moon.
He teamed up with Michael Robert Johnson of Sherlock Homes to write the film, which will stream on Netflix sometime in 2017.
Set in the near-future, Leo (Alexander Skarsgård) is a bartender living in the pulsing city of Berlin. Because of a childhood accident, Leo lost the ability to speak and the only good thing in his life is his beautiful girlfriend Naadirah (Seyneb Saleh). When she vanishes without a trace, Leo's search for her takes him deep into the city's seedy underbelly. A pair of wise-cracking American surgeons (Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux) are the only recurring clue and Leo is forced to take on this teeming underworld in order to find his love.
The Netflix original film is directed by Duncan Jones and written by Jones and Michael Robert Johnson. Stuart Fenegan serves as producer and Charles J.D. Schissel and Trevor Beattie serve as executive producers. The film will launch in all territories where Netflix is available in 2017.
By Scott Murray
The Goldbergs, the 1980s themed hit show on ABC, has featured several popular geek culture themes of the time period. Last year's fall run included nods to Howard the Duck, The Star Wars Holiday Special and Knight Rider. Now they're ready to shine the bat-signal and dedicate an upcoming episode to Tim Burton's 1989 Batman movie. They've also picked Batman fanatic Kevin Smith to direct it.
According to IGN, the episode will begin shooting next week and will be titled The Dynamic Duo (even though we didn't see Robin in the '89 film). Smith, of course, was a fan that remembers all of the hype and excitement that surrounded the Michael Keaton/Jack Nicholson film.
"I grew up watching the Adam West Batman and I was in a sold out movie theater for Tim Burton's Batman on opening day, June 23rd, 1989, so I can't wait to recreate those early eras of Bat-mania in the Goldbergs Universe, " he said.
As always, not everyone was sold on the idea of Micheal Keaton as Batman when it was announced. However, today you can find plenty of fans who think he was the best film version of the iconic hero.
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