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Justice League Official Trailer

July 23rd, 2016
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The first trailer for Justice League is out! The trailer shows Bruce Wayne recruiting new members.

Ben Affleck Gives Update on His Solo ‘Batman’ Movie

June 21st, 2016
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Collider caught up with Ben Affleck on the set of Justice League where he talks about the Batman solo movie, also check out “60 things to know about Justice League” from their set visit.

Also, Justice League will not have 2 parts, it’ll be just one movie.

When it was first announced that Batman would play a major role in the Man of Steel follow-up Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, audiences reasonably assumed that Warner Bros. would be forging ahead with a new iteration of the character despite the fact that Christopher Nolan had only just wrapped up his take on Batman with The Dark Knight Rises. Batman is one of the most iconic characters in pop culture history, so obviously Warner Bros. wasn’t just going to sit on that character forever—and then with the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne things got even more interesting.

Rumors swirled for some time that Affleck may or may not be directing his own Batman movie as part of the DC Extended Universe, and confirmation finally came earlier this year along with the news that Affleck is working on the script with DC Films co-head Geoff Johns. But when, exactly, can we expect this new Batman movie to be in theaters?

When Collider’s own Steve Weintraub was on the set of Justice League last week along with a group of reporters, Affleck was asked about the status of said Batman movie, and he gave a promising update:

“I think they have a date for it. Although, I don’t know if I would necessarily be able to make that date because I don’t have a script that’s ready yet. So that’s my—my timetable is I’m not going to make a movie until there’s a script that I think is good because I’ve been on the end of the things when you make movies when you have a script that’s not good yet and it doesn’t pan out.” [laughs]

Affleck is well aware not only of the iconography of the character but also the danger of rushing into production on blockbusters to meet a release date, and the Oscar-winning Argo filmmaker is taking special care into ensuring that this Batman is the best version of the film he could possibly make:

“I have a script, we’re still working on it, and I’m not happy enough with it yet to actually go out there and make a Batman movie, for which I have the highest of standards, I would say. That’s something that would have to pass a very high bar for me. It’s not just like, ‘Yeah, that might be fun, let’s go try this out.’”

In the meantime, Affleck is plenty busy. He’s in post-production on his long-awaited Argo follow-up Live by Night, also for Warner Bros., and the DC Extended Universe is certainly robust with Wonder Woman serving as a precursor to next November’s release of Justice League, which will be followed by The Flash and Aquaman. So while WB may have an internal date in mind for Affleck’s Batman, he’s not the type to rush these things, and he certainly has the clout to say “Hold your horses” if WB starts to get impatient. Long story short: the standalone Batman movie is probably Affleck’s next directorial effort, but it won’t move forward to production until Affleck is 100% happy with the script.

Live By Night gets a new release date

June 18th, 2016
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Live By Night, written, produced, directed and starred by Ben has had it’s release date changed to January 13th, 2017.

It’s been four years since Ben Affleck‘s Best Picture-winning Argo landed in theaters, and if you’ve been eagerly awaiting his directorial follow-up, good news, the wait just got a lot shorter. The prohibition era crime thriller Live by Night was originally slated for a prime, awards-friendly October 20, 2017 release date, but Warner Bros. has bumped the film up nine months to January 13th, 2017.

It’s an interesting move considering the original release date screamed awards contention, mirroring that of Argo, which landed in theaters on October 12, 2012, and leaving room for fall festival debuts and a significant campaign period. However, it’s still possible that Warner Bros. will position Live by Night as awards player by giving it a limited release in December of 2016. As we saw last year with The Revenant, arriving super late in the year does nothing to hinder a film’s buzz factor come Oscar time.

Affleck wrote, produced, directed and stars in the adaptation of Dennis Lehane‘s 2012 crime novel of the same name.The film also stars Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana, Elle Fanning, and Brendan Gleeson and follows the rise of one man from petty thief to the Gulf Coast’s most successful rum runner in 1920s Boston.

Affleck proved himself a great fit for Lehane’s material with his Oscar-nominated feature film debut, Gone Baby Gone and initially planned to begin production on Live by Night in 2013, but pushed the project back when he got the opportunity to work with David Fincher on Gone Girl. The came a little role called Batman, and Affleck had to push the project back once again to make time for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Affleck finally managed to squeeze into production late last year before rolling into Justice League: Part One, which is currently filming. Basically, he’s a very busy dude and at the moment almost exclusively busy with Warner Bros. work, so if the studio opted to juggle his schedule

Basically, he’s a very busy dude and at the moment almost exclusively busy with Warner Bros. work, so if the studio opted to juggle his schedule around, it’s most likely out of a shared interest in best organizing his time. If they are looking to push the film for the awards trail (and it seems unlikely they wouldn’t given the film’s original prime placement on the slate), it’s possible they want to put the film in contention for the 2017 race so Affleck will have time for things like Batman, Batman and Batman. After all, between filming there will still be promotional campaigns for Justice League and Live by Night, and Justice League: Part Two is still on the docket along with the solo Batman film he’s slated to direct.

Elsewhere, Warner Bros. also shuffled up the release dates for a number of other films, delaying The Lego Movie Sequel from May 18, 2018 to February 8, 2019, bumping back Dean Devlin‘s Gerard Butler-led sci-fi Geostorm to Oct. 20, 2017, to be released in 3D and Imax, and shifting the Owen Wilson and Ed Helms led Bastards from November 2016 to Jan. 27, 2017.

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First Trailer for The Accountant

May 12th, 2016
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The first Trailer for The Accountant is out. The movie is set for initial release in October

Synopsis:

Christian Wolff (Affleck) is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world’s most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department’s Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King (J.K. Simmons), starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk (Anna Kendrick) has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise.

Ben Affleck Elevates ‘Justice League’ Presence; Becomes Exec Producer

May 6th, 2016
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Great news for the upcoming DC movies! Via Deadline:

DEADLINE EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros has made a subtle addition to the Justice League braintrust. Ben Affleck, already set to co-star in the film, has signed on to become its executive producer as well. In that role, he will work with director Zack Snyder and screenwriter Chris Terrio behind the scenes to make the film the best it can be. It seems like a smart move, given that Affleck is already on the premises to reprise his Batman/Bruce Wayne character, and because he’s as strong a storytelling presence as Warner Bros has on its lot. He showed that with his writing/directing efforts Gone Baby Gone, The Town and Argo, the latter of which won the Best Picture Oscar for Warner Bros and was scripted by Terrio, who also won an Academy Award for the film. I’m told that Affleck is doing this to be supportive of Snyder, with whom he worked well on Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, which grossed $864 million worldwide despite not being beloved by the critics. Warner Bros is still figuring out its stylistic superhero mojo, and Affleck will help. Justice League is slotted for a November 17, 2017 release, and Affleck’s Batman is expected to be paired alongside Henry Cavill’s Superman, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, and likely Jason Momoa’s Aquaman.

Affleck, who followed his Batman turn by directing and starring in his scripted adaptation of the Dennis Lehane novel Live By Night for an October 20, 2017 release by Warner Bros, is building toward a relaunch of the Batman franchise as a standalone. As Deadline revealed last Comic-Con, he has teamed with DC’s Geoff Johns to write the movie he’ll star in and direct.

Suicide Squad Director On How Much Batman Is In The Film

April 16th, 2016
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The newest Suicide Squad trailer featured a wealth of new footage, as well as some new songs, but that wasn’t what caught most people’s eye.

What popped off the screen more than anything was the wealth of Batman scenes. In an exchange with Fandango, director David Ayer addressed the Dark Knight’s involvement, as well as when the film takes place.
“Just the right amount,” says director David Ayer when we asked how much Batman we’ll get to see in the film. As for when Suicide Squad takes place — before or after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice — and whether it will acknowledge the events of BvS, Ayer was reluctant to go into details, simply saying “the answer to all of the above is yes.”

In the trailer, we see the bat interacting with Joker and Harley via the vehicle scene, but he also locks horns with Deadshot at some point, according to Will Smith.

“The Bat does cross my path… and, ya know, it’s not completely pleasant,”

Same goes for Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, who plays Killer Croc. The actor has already teased some sort of interaction between the two. As for the timeline, in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, the history between Batman and the Joker has already been established, and from earlier trailers it appears we see Batman saving Harley, perhaps from the Joker earlier in his career. The film’s probably going to time jump a bit, so the answer Ayer gave is probably right on the money.

Suicide Squad releases on August 5th.

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