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"It is not an acting class, it is not a character switch, it really is who I am." Batman fans have to check out this wild short film called Being Batman, about a "real life" Batman vigilante who defends the streets of Brampton, Ontario, Canada. This is almost too crazy to be true, but it really is a short doc about a guy who dresses up as Batman, and pretty much believes he really is Batman - no, seriously. I love the way this short is put together, with voice-over driving the narrative, making it much more thrilling to watch. This would play as a nice double feature with the Batkid documentary. Really, you need to watch this to see for yourself.
The trades were predicting it for a few weeks. Ben Affleck was even hinting at it for a while. Now it's official. Warner Bros and Ben Affleck announced together on Monday night that Ben Affleck will not be directing The Batman movie as previously planned. Affleck will remain on the project as a producer and star. With Affleck no longer directing the film, there's already a long list of possible candidates who could replace him. Variety reports that Warner Bros already has a shortlist, and there's going to be immense speculation as to who will be on that list. So we decided to put together our own dream list of directors who could replace Affleck on The Batman and make a kick ass, dark, yet different movie about the World's Greatest Detective.
"It seemed clear to everyone that the world needed more of me." Warner Bros has debuted a fun making of featurette for The Lego Batman Movie, taking a look "behind the bricks" at the behind-the-scenes of this animated adventure. The movie hits theaters in just a few weeks, so this is one final reminder that it looks hilarious. The featurette is 4 minutes and goes "behind-the-scenes" with the characters, mocking the typical featurette including interviews with the cast and crew. The cast includes Will Arnett back as Batman, with Ralph Fiennes as Alfred, Mariah Carey, Rosario Dawson as Batgirl, Michael Cera as Robin, Zach Galifianakis as The Joker. I'm really excited for this, it looks like the perfect fun to escape with this winter.
At the climax of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Superman has literally fallen into the arms of his love, Lois Lane. The ending is far from romantic, however, as Batman and Wonder Woman stand beside the slain hero, heads bowed mournfully. Who knew this downer of an ending would signify more than just defeated heroes, it also acts as an analogy for the entire trajectory of DC Comics on film. By the time Suicide Squad rolled around, you could argue the DC Extended Universe had been put on suicide watch. For Ben Affleck, what started as a co-starring role has morphed into possibly being the DCEU's only saving grace.
DC's biggest heroes have been facing an adversary even bigger than Doomsday or Kryponite as of late: their own studio, Warner Bros. It was last month when it was revealed that director Rick Famuyiwa dropped out of directing The Flash, citing creative differences. This was a sizable loss for the film, as Famuyiwa's hiring was considered a major coup. His departure hints at trouble for DC on film, who has stumbled out of the gate when their films should be leaping over tall buildings in a single bound. Along with countless mixed to negative critical reactions to their last two offerings, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, it's become clear Warner Bros is struggling to bring DC's finest to the big screen. But why?
"I am fighting a few different people… I like to fight around." Warner Bros has debuted the new trailer for The LEGO Batman Movie, to follow up the most recent trailer released at Comic-Con this summer. And this trailer might just be the best yet. This sequel to The LEGO Movie from 2014 focuses purely on Batman, obviously, and his various cohorts and associates and villains - including The Joker. The voice cast includes Will Arnett back as Batman / Bruce Wayne, with Ralph Fiennes as Alfred, Mariah Carey, Rosario Dawson as Batgirl, Michael Cera as Robin, Zach Galifianakis as The Joker. This looks like totally goofy fun. It seems to have the spirit of the first LEGO Movie and the absurdity of Batman mashed up perfectly.
"What I do is not up to you…" Warner Bros has unveiled a second official trailer for DC's Wonder Woman movie, to give us more to be excited about beyond the first Comic-Con trailer. This solo spin-off movie in the DC Universe is set during World War I stars Gal Gadot (from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) as the Amazonian princess-warrior Diana who becomes Wonder Woman. Patty Jenkins directs, also starring Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen, David Thewlis, Elena Anaya, Lucy Davis, Danny Huston, Ewen Bremner, Samantha Jo and Saïd Taghmaoui. This trailer packs in the action as well as some more intimate dramatic scenes, and it looks damn good. Hopefully this is one of DC's best films yet.
"There's a stranger who comes to this village from the sea…" Whoa! Zack Snyder has posted a badass video after wrapping production on Justice League in the UK, with tons of behind-the-scenes footage. They're not holding back at all! This movie is the continuation of the Batman v Superman series in the DC universe bringing together six superheroes: Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and Ray Fisher as Cyborg. There may be a few others, and the extensive cast includes Willem Dafoe, Jeremy Irons, Amber Heard, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, and J.K. Simmons as Gordon. There's a lot of great stuff in this video, and it's exciting to see so much behind-the-scenes revealed way before release next year. Fire this up below & enjoy.
"We're the bad guys." It's a common phrase heard throughout Suicide Squad, the latest expansion of the DC Cinematic Universe after Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The characters making up the eponymous team here are on constant alert to remind us just which side of the morality coin they prefer. Seeing "the worst of the worst" being forced to team up is an idea that works wonders on paper. Hell, it even works wonders in execution at least part of the time. But Suicide Squad, for all of its entertainment value, becomes the latest casualty to studio interference and the dreaded, editing machine. What's left over has just enough verve and edge to let us in on the film that could have been, a potentially great film, too
Written and directed by David Ayer (of Fury, End of Watch, Street Kings, and Harsh Times previously), Suicide Squad sounds like it should be a very fun movie. A secret government agency recruits incarcerated super-villains (from DC Comics lore) to carry out high-risk black ops missions in exchange for reduced sentences? It's The Dirty Dozen with Harley Quinn and the Joker and a few other bad guys, what could possibly go wrong? As it turns out, everything. While the premise is intriguing, the movie is unfortunately an incoherent, aggressively dull mess that squanders an impressive ensemble cast of characters.
"I can't wait to show you my toys!" The first official trailer for David Ayer's Suicide Squad movie about DC's villains debuted at Comic-Con last year (rewatch it here). Now at this year's Comic-Con they've revealed the final trailer, a soundtrack "remix" featuring some kick ass footage and title cards that say "the wait is almost over!" Indeed, as the movie lands in theaters in just a few more weeks. Ayer's Suicide Squad stars Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Cara Delevingne, Jared Leto, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, Viola Davis, Adam Beach, Common, Jay Hernandez, and Karen Fukuhara plus many others. At this point I'm seriously ready to just see the movie, they've convinced me enough, the footage looks pretty damn good, I just hope the movie delivers. This is a fun trailer with the music. Fire it up for one last look.
"I'm looking for warriors…" This is a nice surprise! Warner Bros has debuted the official Comic-Con trailer for Justice League online for all to see. This continuation of the Man of Steel and Batman v Superman movies in the DC universe brings together six main superheroes: Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and Ray Fisher as Cyborg. There may be a few others, and the extensive cast includes Willem Dafoe, Jeremy Irons, Amber Heard, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon. Hopefully this trailer is an improvement over Batman v Superman, as many moviegoers were disappointed, but it looks like Snyder is mixing things up and taking a slightly different approach for this one. Have at it.