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Ben Affleck confirms spring shoot for Batman & Jeremy Irons talks Alfred

12.14.2016

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Although I wouldn't peg MAN OF STEEL, BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE or SUICIDE SQUAD as bad movies, they haven't exactly blown me away as I was hoping they would, but with plenty of upcoming DCEU flicks on the horizon, Warner Bros. still has a chance to turn it all around. Ben Affleck's standalone Batman film is perhaps the one which I'm looking forward to the most, if only to see what Affleck can do with the character when he's firmly in control.

With Warner Bros. recently delaying the release of JUSTICE LEAGUE PART TWO in order to make room Affleck's Bat-flick, we finally have a rough idea on when we'll see Batman's first solo-adventure in the DCEU. Just yesterday, Ben Affleck gave a small update on the development of the film, saying that they were still working on the screenplay and wanted to make sure that everything was just right before proceeding; today, he indicated to Variety that he expects the film to kick off production by spring 2017.

We’re on the right track with that and everything is coming together. We’re still finishing up a script. I’m very excited.

Of all the members of the JUSTICE LEAGUE, Batman has had the most films devoted to his character, ranging from Tim Burton's BATMAN to Christopher Nolan's THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. Although Ben Affleck has great respect for what came before, he also said that "at a certain point you have to look forward and try to believe in your own vision for it and not be looking over your shoulder the whole time." The standalone film will see Batman facing off against Deathstroke (Joe Manganiello), but, as always, Commissioner Gordon (J.K. Simmons) and Alfred Pennyworth (Jeremy Irons) will be by his side. Speaking of Jeremy Irons, the actor recently spoke with IGN to tease what his very "hands-on" character thinks about living in this new world of heroes and villains.

I think he's waiting with baited breath to see what is going to happen. He's in the employ of Bruce Wayne and he doesn't always agree with him but I think he'll help where he can. And I'm not sure in Justice League we'll see that much of him because we have five superheroes to deal with and Alfred is just the batman [a term for the soldier-servant of a commissioned officer in the British military] of one of them. It'll be very interesting to see where he gets to, when we get to Ben's production of Batman this spring. I haven't read the script of it yet. I think all of us who are sort of normal human beings, which Alfred is, we watch the gods with amazement and some spite.

JUSTICE LEAGUE will hit theaters on November 17, 2017 and, although Warner Bros. hasn't given BATMAN an official release date, former President of Creative Development for Warner Bros Greg Silverman told Deadline that it's set for a 2018 release.

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12:10PM on 12/16/2016

DC's only chance

This appears to be the only chance DC has to make a decent movie. Affleck is a great film maker in my opinion, so I am hoping he can turn the mess of a universe around.
This appears to be the only chance DC has to make a decent movie. Affleck is a great film maker in my opinion, so I am hoping he can turn the mess of a universe around.
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8:06AM on 12/16/2016
Better than all the Marvels movies
Better than all the Marvels movies
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10:45AM on 12/16/2016
Not what your mother said,
last night,
while watching Captain America Civil War with me.
Not what your mother said,
last night,
while watching Captain America Civil War with me.
6:05PM on 12/15/2016
Since he's not fighting Superman, he wont have to wear that ugly ass armored suit will he???
Since he's not fighting Superman, he wont have to wear that ugly ass armored suit will he???
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1:28PM on 12/15/2016

Great

Can't wait to see this movie. Affleck is a great Batman, and Irons is a great Alfred.
Can't wait to see this movie. Affleck is a great Batman, and Irons is a great Alfred.
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9:28AM on 12/15/2016
Loved affleck and snyders take on batman! Just so different from any other batman that has been before! Can't wait to see the direction affleck takes the character. The action of a Snyder film with the rich story telling from an affleck one, that sounds like a treat to me!
Loved affleck and snyders take on batman! Just so different from any other batman that has been before! Can't wait to see the direction affleck takes the character. The action of a Snyder film with the rich story telling from an affleck one, that sounds like a treat to me!
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9:29AM on 12/15/2016
I mean batman on screen
I mean batman on screen
9:01AM on 12/15/2016

Yes

Affleck is the Daniel Craig of the Batman world IMO, can't wait for this film, he was awesome in BvS
Affleck is the Daniel Craig of the Batman world IMO, can't wait for this film, he was awesome in BvS
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8:52AM on 12/15/2016
I'm probably more interested in seeing Affleck's Batman away from the distraction of the other DC heavy-hitters. I'd like to think he could really nail the character in a Bat-focused film - more gritty crime elements and detective work, less cg buildings getting knocked over - not that I'm against such spectacles of destruction, and Justice League could be fun in that respect, but I'm actually keen to see how good Affleck is when he can really focus on portraying this character.
I'm probably more interested in seeing Affleck's Batman away from the distraction of the other DC heavy-hitters. I'd like to think he could really nail the character in a Bat-focused film - more gritty crime elements and detective work, less cg buildings getting knocked over - not that I'm against such spectacles of destruction, and Justice League could be fun in that respect, but I'm actually keen to see how good Affleck is when he can really focus on portraying this character.
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1:03AM on 12/15/2016
I really did not like Affleck as Batman. The character was an unlikeable unsympathetic douche. As Bruce Wayne, Affleck was just as forgettable and disingenuous as he was in Daredevil. As Batman, he was just a chin protruding from a special effect with an overbearing robot voice that literally could have been anyone speaking through the voice changer.
I really did not like Affleck as Batman. The character was an unlikeable unsympathetic douche. As Bruce Wayne, Affleck was just as forgettable and disingenuous as he was in Daredevil. As Batman, he was just a chin protruding from a special effect with an overbearing robot voice that literally could have been anyone speaking through the voice changer.
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5:54AM on 12/15/2016
Well, get used to it.
Well, get used to it.
1:29PM on 12/15/2016
Your opinion is terrible. Get a new opinion. And you're ugly.
Your opinion is terrible. Get a new opinion. And you're ugly.
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10:48PM on 12/14/2016

Good news

Batman vs superman and sucide squad both aren't bad fimls , now avengers age of ultron that was atrocious .
Batman vs superman and sucide squad both aren't bad fimls , now avengers age of ultron that was atrocious .
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12:53AM on 12/15/2016
and Man of Steel was even worse.
and Man of Steel was even worse.
9:21PM on 12/14/2016
I just love how irritated and up in arms most fans get with every DC film; it's hilarious. The DCEU will not be rebooted at this point no matter how much people complain.
I just love how irritated and up in arms most fans get with every DC film; it's hilarious. The DCEU will not be rebooted at this point no matter how much people complain.
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9:25AM on 12/15/2016
It's about as funny as I find it at how angry you get about blacks being cast in white roles.
It's about as funny as I find it at how angry you get about blacks being cast in white roles.
1:50PM on 12/15/2016
What? Who is irritated and up in arms about this Affleck directed solo Bats film? I haven't come across anyone (my only small complaint is how the Joker has been teased at in BvS and SS, and surprisingly, I actually liked what I saw of Leto's performance, he just wasn't used right. So I think it's kinda odd in this universe that the first movie isn't about robin getting killed, pre BVS, or the murder has already happened and he's going after the joker. It doesn't seem like they are
What? Who is irritated and up in arms about this Affleck directed solo Bats film? I haven't come across anyone (my only small complaint is how the Joker has been teased at in BvS and SS, and surprisingly, I actually liked what I saw of Leto's performance, he just wasn't used right. So I think it's kinda odd in this universe that the first movie isn't about robin getting killed, pre BVS, or the murder has already happened and he's going after the joker. It doesn't seem like they are addressing any of that, though I guess it's possible deathstroke could be a first act villain, and I think that's kind of a waste of some good hints, and i wanna see what happened - though he doesn't really have this arc in BVS, maybe his "arc" that lead him into being less cruel would add complexity when pursuing the Joker, Robin murderer, but now he wants to contain his anger and won't let him kill Joker) who is upset about a solo bats film directed by and starring affleck. That story seems like the obvious set up for this film just from the last 2, and I'll be a little disappointed if it doesn't happen, but a deathstroke centered film that doesn't feature any of that can still be great. It might be best to not bring up the other films at all. But I'm off point, nobody is up in arms about this film.

And nobody was up in arms about suicide squad UNTIL it's release. SS had some of the best trailers I've ever seen. Ppl were excited for it, but WB let A LOT of ppl down.

And some ppl saw red flags when MOS didn't do great and all of a sudden the sequel is featuring WBs biggest star, who gets top billing in a Supes sequel, and other major DC characters are thrown in for small and long cameos, smart ppl sensed an underlying problem with WB, and knee jerk reactions to try and be better than Marvel, and cinematically, even if the first 3 DCU movies got all positive reviews, it's still not fair to compare them to Marvel. Again, there were red flags like the title and the V and you could sense the studios desperation, but the only thing ppl were ever really up in arms about over for that film was the casting of Affleck, and a little for Lex. Bad criticism didn't really come in until the reveal of Doomsday in the trailer. Again, no one was really up in arms till they saw the film (the actual film, or its outline in that trailer).

And it's still obvious that WB hasn't figured out what they are doing. I don't think they will straight up reboot the thing, but I could see about anyone besides Affleck getting recast (tho there are other good performances in the films). They are still kneejerk reaction and don't know what they want. The trailers for SS, its tone, it's soundtrack, and multiple edits prove that. They didn't know what they were going for so they tried a little bit of everything. And it may be more stable with Affleck and Geoff having more power, but they still are trying to figure things out after putting their foot in their mouth. They canceled the Cyborg film. I wouldn't be surprised if Flash ends up being cancelled. Despite the amount of $ it saves, they are no longer making JL 1 & 2 back to back. Why? Why not just go ahead and make it for cheaper while everyone's there and then you can release it after Batman? Will Snyder be back for part 2? His chances have certainly lowered. WB isn't as confident as they were, and rightfully so, but instead of following someone's vision they all agree on the good quality of, they will release the more cheerful JL1 after BVS backlash. Ben can prolly make his own film. And then they will see what works with those two films and WW and whatever else, and keep it for JL2 and get rid of the stuff that didn't work on the fly. That's gotta be true to an extent with all franchise and even businesses. But they usually have a trusted leader who has long term plans that you entrust to make decisions many years. They could have not even announced a Cyborg film, but just started pre production. But announcing it and then canceling it, and it's not bc of lack of $ or anything, it's bc the ppl making the decisions didn't prepare enough and have a good vision, so they had to eat crow. The one film they didn't announce? It's the one ppl are most excited about, Afflecks solo Batman, but they didn't trust their own material, so they waited until BVS to see what ppl thought before they decided to do it. And it's been quickly bumped up. If we had raved for Lois Lane, she'd be getting a solo movie. They don't, or at the very least didn't, have a leader they trusted and believe in, and they don't have the patience to slowly build their universe.
9:53PM on 12/15/2016
Wow...Longest comment ever.
Wow...Longest comment ever.
11:07AM on 12/16/2016
It's irritating because as comic book fans we love the characters, and hate seeing them poorly displayed on the screen. DC's attempt to mimic Marvel has failed miserably. The characters feel forced out too quick, and have no real depth. They are shoe-horned into a movie to sell tickets, whereas Marvel gradually built there's for over 10 years. I loved Nolans and Burtons movies, but all this new stuff is purely garbage. G-A-R-B-A-G-E.
It's irritating because as comic book fans we love the characters, and hate seeing them poorly displayed on the screen. DC's attempt to mimic Marvel has failed miserably. The characters feel forced out too quick, and have no real depth. They are shoe-horned into a movie to sell tickets, whereas Marvel gradually built there's for over 10 years. I loved Nolans and Burtons movies, but all this new stuff is purely garbage. G-A-R-B-A-G-E.
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8:59PM on 12/14/2016

Affleck is an OUTSTANDING director....

And he hit a home run with Snyder's version of the Batman character. His motivation was a bit thin, but I bought him both as Wayne and as the Bat. With a villain as cool (and unused) as Deathstroke, this could be an absolutely amazing film (especially when you look at how this version of the character more closely resembles the comic book hero).

It's got all the ingredients, and I hope Ben takes his time and gets it right. I'm actually more interested in Wonder Woman, but this may be
And he hit a home run with Snyder's version of the Batman character. His motivation was a bit thin, but I bought him both as Wayne and as the Bat. With a villain as cool (and unused) as Deathstroke, this could be an absolutely amazing film (especially when you look at how this version of the character more closely resembles the comic book hero).

It's got all the ingredients, and I hope Ben takes his time and gets it right. I'm actually more interested in Wonder Woman, but this may be the film to finally get them up there and competitive with Marvel.
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8:51PM on 12/14/2016
Wake me up for the inevitable reboot.
Wake me up for the inevitable reboot.
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8:42PM on 12/14/2016
"Although I wouldn't peg MAN OF STEEL, BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE or SUICIDE SQUAD as bad movies"

They were both atrocious.
"Although I wouldn't peg MAN OF STEEL, BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE or SUICIDE SQUAD as bad movies"

They were both atrocious.
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