Batman directed by Ben Affleck Confirmed
At industry convention CinemaCon Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara announced plans for a stand alone Batman film. More specifically a Batman film that will be written, driected and starring Ben Affleck. This will film will join the slate of 10 DC Comics based movies set to be released over the next five years. Now this development isn’t all that surprising. There have been rumors of this since last summer and Affleck seems to be the perfect fit behind the scenes. Over the past decade Affleck has made quite the name for himself as film maker with movies like Gone Baby Gone, The Town and Argo. There’s only one problem, Ben Affleck.
More specifically Ben Affleck cast as Batman. I have mentioned before I dug Affleck in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and I stand by that. As the grizzled, unsympathetic veteran he is perfect. The key word there being veteran. In Batman v. Superman he has been Batman for 20 years. To put this in perspective the average MMA career lasts 12 years with their peaking lasting somewhere between 6 and 8 years. Needless to say Batman is on borrowed time. Regardless this is still early in the DC Movie universe and Batman is already nearing retirement. At 43 years old Affleck has 2 or 3 movies before he, and technically Batman, hit 50.
I’m sure you could do some prequel movies and that would be great. Considering the drastic shift in character in Batman v. Superman there are tons of potential stories to be told. But when it comes to something in the “present day,” there are very few options. It’s a unique situation and I’m interested to see how they handle this in the future.
R-Rated Batman v Superman Theatrical Release
In other Bat-related news it seems like Warner Brothers is looking for anything to recoup their losses on Batman v. Superman. Despite it’s massive opening weekend it quickly fell off a cliff with a more than a 60% drop off at the box office. Their solution? Re-release it in the R-rated version as “a gift to the fans.”
I can’t imagine what the benefit of an R-rated version is though. The biggest gripe against BvS was that it’s tone was too dark. So the solution is to release a darker version of that movie? The only other reasoning I can see is someone at Warner Brothers looked at the Deadpool numbers and said “Hey, all we had to do is release it in the R-rated cut and it would have made zillions” without getting why the movie was successful in the least. Even sadder, I can totally seeing that being the reasoning.
First Dr. Strange Trailer Released
On the Marvel side of things we got our first look at Dr. Strange. While not much of the plot was shown we got a look at the effects and they look great. Directed by Scott Derickson (Sinister) we get some insane visuals that are reminiscent of everything from Inception to Everest. It’d way too early to say whether it will be good or not but visually? Probably the best thing Marvel has put out yet.
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AMC Theaters May Allow Texting in Some Theaters… or not
In an interivew with Variety the CEO of AMC Theaters Adam Aron has a brand new idea on how to get millenials to go to the theater, letting them text in the theater.
“When you tell a 22-year-old to turn off the phone, don’t ruin the movie, they hear please cut off your left arm above the elbow… You can’t tell a 22-year-old to turn off their cellphone. That’s now how they live their life.”
He would later clarify on Twitter that it would be not be all theaters but be certain auditoriums dedicated to movies you could text through. First and foremost, how insanely old man does the guy sound. “Kids today with their cellular phones” and whatnot. It’s like a really awful joke a “clean” stand up comic tells. Now obviously this is a stupid idea and has been called as much. Cell phones are already an annoying occurrence as it is so why would you need a theater who’s sole purpose is texting? It can guarantee it wouldn’t make the regular theaters any better. After the backlash all talks of enacting this plan were ceased. Still what a dumb thing to say in the first place.