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Ben Affleck believes that the DC Cinematic Universe is going to be "massive"

11.24.2015

While Marvel's Cinematic Universe is already speeding towards the beginning of their third phase, DC's Cinematic Universe is still very much in its infancy. MAN OF STEEL may have set things in motion, but the upcoming BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE will be our first look at how Warner Bros. will deal with the DC Cinematic Universe, and our new Batman has faith that it's going to be "massive".

Ben Affleck spoke with Variety recently where he expressed his belief that Warner Bros.' DC Cinematic Universe is going to pay off in a big way.

You’ll see next year they are going to have a great year, they are now developing … probably the single greatest under-exploited IP asset in the entertainment business, the DC comic world. And now they have started to exploit that and you are going to see that blossom. And, when it does, it’s going to be massive.

Although Ben Affleck seems confident that BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE will be a huge hit for the studio, he's also aware of the incredible pressure that everyone involved in the production is under. I've little doubt that BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE will do big business, but it's going to have to do more than simply make a lot of money in order to justify Warner Bros. ambitious plan, a thought Affleck seems to share.

We are a very kind of instant gratification culture when it comes to analyzing the film business. And there is a lot of hyperbole involved. Nonetheless, there’s a lot of pressure on it. I mean I would be bulls—ting you to say there isn’t. If it doesn’t do well, that will be extremely disappointing.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE opens in theaters on March 25, 2016.

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Source: Variety

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11:51AM on 11/29/2015
I can't wait. I'm tired of Disney's cookie cutter take on the Marvel films. Ultron, Dark Elf guy and Mandarin were such weak and laughable characters. The sad part is, this is coming from a Marvel fanboy.
I can't wait. I'm tired of Disney's cookie cutter take on the Marvel films. Ultron, Dark Elf guy and Mandarin were such weak and laughable characters. The sad part is, this is coming from a Marvel fanboy.
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8:18PM on 11/25/2015
I'm pretty sure BvS will be great and Suicide Squad will be a decent follow up movie at the very least. People have said they're rushing things, but I would disagree. The fact of the matter is they don't really have time to take Batman back to his roots yet it again and most of us don't want/need to see another origin story for his character anyways. The best thing to do at this point is bring him in as an already established character and they've done just that.
I'm pretty sure BvS will be great and Suicide Squad will be a decent follow up movie at the very least. People have said they're rushing things, but I would disagree. The fact of the matter is they don't really have time to take Batman back to his roots yet it again and most of us don't want/need to see another origin story for his character anyways. The best thing to do at this point is bring him in as an already established character and they've done just that.
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1:56PM on 11/25/2015
Looking forward to BvS and Suicide Squad.
Looking forward to BvS and Suicide Squad.
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8:49AM on 11/25/2015
I'm currently at "reasonably confident" stage that Batman v Superman will be good. If Snyder can avoid slipping too much in to style over substance direction and if Eisenberg's Luthor is effective enough, then I think we'll see something pretty special. Either way I'm glad they're trying to do this, and I hope it pays off for them / us.
I'm currently at "reasonably confident" stage that Batman v Superman will be good. If Snyder can avoid slipping too much in to style over substance direction and if Eisenberg's Luthor is effective enough, then I think we'll see something pretty special. Either way I'm glad they're trying to do this, and I hope it pays off for them / us.
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5:53AM on 11/25/2015
As successful as MoS was financially, it must annoy the hell out of WB's that it's a movie that seems to have split the audience (not necessarily comic book fans...or DC v Marvel fans) down the middle. It's like...they won... but still feels like they lost. They might not see it that way... but I'm not too sure WB's had a plan to make Superman V Batman their MoS 2... so that's a kind of admission that MoS wasn't as well received as they'd hope. Personally, I hope they knock it out of the
As successful as MoS was financially, it must annoy the hell out of WB's that it's a movie that seems to have split the audience (not necessarily comic book fans...or DC v Marvel fans) down the middle. It's like...they won... but still feels like they lost. They might not see it that way... but I'm not too sure WB's had a plan to make Superman V Batman their MoS 2... so that's a kind of admission that MoS wasn't as well received as they'd hope. Personally, I hope they knock it out of the park but only time will tell. They've got a long way to go with regard to any designs they have on the DC being 'massive' - shame they missed a trick by not incorporating their TV universe in to the DCU - their whole plan just seems so disjointed...like they're winging it.
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8:46AM on 11/25/2015
That's true. I think they missed a real opportunity by separating TV and movies. The Legends of Tomorrow show seems really extraneous to me, so if they had kept it just Arrow, Flash and Supergirl that would have been a really great TV level line up of the DCEU, kind of like what Marvel has going on at Netflix.
That's true. I think they missed a real opportunity by separating TV and movies. The Legends of Tomorrow show seems really extraneous to me, so if they had kept it just Arrow, Flash and Supergirl that would have been a really great TV level line up of the DCEU, kind of like what Marvel has going on at Netflix.
9:36AM on 11/25/2015
Marvel's TV / movie crossovers have been one way so far. You won't see DC TV actors in DC movies but we haven't seen Marvel TV actors in Marvel movies. Sharon Carter doesn't count because she was in Captain America: The First Avenger first and then on TV and her TV adventures have not influenced the movies, only reacted to them.
Marvel's TV / movie crossovers have been one way so far. You won't see DC TV actors in DC movies but we haven't seen Marvel TV actors in Marvel movies. Sharon Carter doesn't count because she was in Captain America: The First Avenger first and then on TV and her TV adventures have not influenced the movies, only reacted to them.
4:25AM on 11/25/2015
Let's hope that it will turn out great so DC can go head to head with Marvel. Nevertheless, it's one risky move for DC with their future proposed movie universe so far.
Let's hope that it will turn out great so DC can go head to head with Marvel. Nevertheless, it's one risky move for DC with their future proposed movie universe so far.
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3:08AM on 11/25/2015
I really hope so.

I like Affleck, and I really want this to be amazing. But what I've seen of BvS and Suicide Squad hasnt sold me yet.
I really hope so.

I like Affleck, and I really want this to be amazing. But what I've seen of BvS and Suicide Squad hasnt sold me yet.
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1:34AM on 11/25/2015

Of course it's going to suck.

It's Zack Snyder. Let Affleck do it and DC stands a chance, but Snyder? The guy did the terrible 300 and Sucker Punch, a movie about owls, a baggy shot for shot remake of a great graphic novel and the dull Man Of Steel. Dawn of the Dead was the only good movie that he's made. How does that qualify him to this?! I can't get my head around it all.
It's Zack Snyder. Let Affleck do it and DC stands a chance, but Snyder? The guy did the terrible 300 and Sucker Punch, a movie about owls, a baggy shot for shot remake of a great graphic novel and the dull Man Of Steel. Dawn of the Dead was the only good movie that he's made. How does that qualify him to this?! I can't get my head around it all.
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6:02AM on 11/25/2015
Obviously you're not a golfer
Obviously you're not a golfer
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10:25PM on 11/24/2015

Considering the fact that.....

The Nolan trilogy did $2.4 billion internationally, he's right. If they handle the property correctly (which I don't believe they are), they have the ability to crush Marvel's success so far. The thing is, they have to go out and do it.
The Nolan trilogy did $2.4 billion internationally, he's right. If they handle the property correctly (which I don't believe they are), they have the ability to crush Marvel's success so far. The thing is, they have to go out and do it.
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9:11PM on 11/24/2015
I'm just happy to finally see DC getting their shit together and doing it at their own pace to make sure it's quality, great storytelling and universe building and not just all style over substance.

DC has definitely shown they're ready to compete with Marvel, and Fox with Batman vs Superman and just as impressive looking Suicide Squad. Plus, the talent they have been wrangling for all of their projects (ie Affleck for Batman, Wan for Aquaman, Leto for Joker, etc) has been really assuring
I'm just happy to finally see DC getting their shit together and doing it at their own pace to make sure it's quality, great storytelling and universe building and not just all style over substance.

DC has definitely shown they're ready to compete with Marvel, and Fox with Batman vs Superman and just as impressive looking Suicide Squad. Plus, the talent they have been wrangling for all of their projects (ie Affleck for Batman, Wan for Aquaman, Leto for Joker, etc) has been really assuring that DC is going to deliver on all cylinders. And I'm really excited to read how pumped Affleck is for Batman, and for the rest of the DC Universe. I just hope down the line we get to see him helm his own solo Batman film.
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8:10PM on 11/24/2015
Given DC commitment to setting themselves apart from Marvel's approach to a cinematic universe, I'm confident they'll do a great job and stay true to the characters. In some ways, I think it'll be similar to Marvel's approach to their tv shows that are far darker than their film outings--which I personally think have become repetitive. Looking forward to BvS and Suicide Squad next year.
Given DC commitment to setting themselves apart from Marvel's approach to a cinematic universe, I'm confident they'll do a great job and stay true to the characters. In some ways, I think it'll be similar to Marvel's approach to their tv shows that are far darker than their film outings--which I personally think have become repetitive. Looking forward to BvS and Suicide Squad next year.
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7:03PM on 11/24/2015
Saying it's going to be massive doesn't mean it's going to be great. It could massively suck.
Saying it's going to be massive doesn't mean it's going to be great. It could massively suck.
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