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Hollywood Finally Says Yes To Ben Affleck-Directed, Africa-Set Thriller

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 25, 2013 5:13 PM
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"I would love to make a movie about Congo, but unfortunately I've asked Hollywood folks and they always say, ah, nobody wants to see a movie about Africa," Ben Affleck said in 2010. But that was before he won Best Picture for "Argo." And that was before he was cast as Batman in "Batman Vs. Superman." And clearly, things have changed.

Hans Zimmer Says Reaction To Ben Affleck As Batman Was "Vicious," Still Undecided About Scoring 'Batman Vs. Superman'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2013 4:00 PM
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Go outside and ask anyone what they think about Ben Affleck as Batman in the forthcoming "Man of Steel" sequel and they'll have an opinion set in stone, one way or the other. The reaction to his casting in "Batman Vs. Superman" has been hyperbolic in some quarters, with judgments already being pronounced long before even a piece of footage has been shot. We suppose that's just par for the course when it comes to any beloved character or franchise (prepare to watch the Internet convulse whenever the "Star Wars: Episode 7" cast is revealed), but for "Man of Steel" composer Hans Zimmer, he was a bit dismayed to see how it played out.

Rumor: Ben Affleck's Editor Tried To Save 'Runner Runner' But Did WB Want To Soften The Movie?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 9, 2013 12:02 PM
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Runner Runner
Last week, "Runner Runner" dropped into theaters, promising the team-up of Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck—with the latter playing a rare villain role—in a thriller about online gambling gone awry. Stars? Check. Hot subject matter? Sure. But it didn't add up to a hit, with the movie crushed in the wake of "Gravity," opening to just over $7 million and earning scathing reviews to go with it. But were people behind the scenes trying to fix it?

George Clooney Says He "Destroyed" The Role Of Batman, Weighs In On Ben Affleck's Casting

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 27, 2013 11:45 AM
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The year was 1997, the movie was "Batman & Robin," and it nearly destroyed a franchise and George Clooney's career. The reviled Joel Schumacher entry was easily the worst of the post-Tim Burton Batman films, with the nipple suit only being the first of the many problems with the flick. It ground the Warner Bros. property to a halt for almost a decade until Christopher Nolan's "Batman Begins" came along in 2005, and along with the flop of "The Peacemaker," ended Clooney's dalliance (at the time) with being a blockbuster leading man.

David S. Goyer Bringing 'Constantine' To NBC, Says Fans Won't Influence 'Batman vs. Superman'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • September 27, 2013 8:57 AM
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In the past few days we've caught a glimpse of producer/screenwriter David S. Goyer's confidence in absorbing source material and tweaking it when needed, as he recently claimed that he schooled Christopher Nolan on the rules of Batman before “The Dark Knight” trilogy, as well as defended the controversial ending of “Man of Steel.” However contentious his accuracy might be, it's undeniably clear that he cherishes an adaptation, and now it seems he's set to bring another to network TV.

David Goyer Defends Decision To Let Superman Kill, Says 'Man Of Steel' Is Basically 'Superman Begins'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 24, 2013 1:11 PM
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Man of Steel,  Henry Cavill,
One of the most controversial points of the already uneven "Man Of Steel" this past summer, was the decision (spoiler alert) to have Superman kill General Zod. Christopher Nolan wasn't initially a fan of taking it in that direction (early drafts had Zod sent to the Phantom Zone instead), while comics writer Mark Waid (of “Superman: Birthright” fame) was nothing short of enraged by what he saw in theaters. But speaking at the BATFA and BFI Screenwriters' Lecture last night, writer David S. Goyer defended his choice to put blood on the hands of Clark Kent.

Watch: Ben Affleck Talks Fan Reaction To 'Superman Vs. Batman'; Hans Zimmer Not Certain He'll Return To Score Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 17, 2013 9:45 AM
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There has been a lot of weeping and gnashing of teeth in certain corners of the internet over the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman in "Superman Vs. Batman." And even though we're still a long time away from seeing any footage or having an idea of what the story will be, some folks have their mind made up. So you can understand why Warner Bros. might've wanted to cushion Affleck for the blows he'd receive online after the announcement was made, but according to the actor, he was more than ready to roll with the punches. At least at first.

Warner Bros. CEO Teases “Tired And Weary” Batman For 'Superman Vs. Batman'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 13, 2013 9:37 AM
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When director Zack Snyder first announced "Superman Vs. Batman," at Comic Con this summer, he asked one of his “Man Of Steel” cast members to read from a key line in Frank Miller’s seminal graphic novels, “The Dark Knight Returns.” Batman said to his adversary, Superman: “I want you to remember, Clark, in all the years to come, in all your most private moments, I want you to remember my hand at your throat. I want you to remember the one man who beat you.” And it would set the tone for all things to come afterwards.

Matt Damon Thinks Ben Affleck Will Make A Great 'Batman,' Doesn't Acknowledge Bourne Rumors But Praises Jeremy Renner

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • August 28, 2013 9:25 AM
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While the box office and critical reception of Neill Blomkamp's “Elysium” wasn't stellar overall, you would think Matt Damon was doing some kind of course correction, so safe were his speculated choice of projects next. First, Ben Affleck's surprise casting news as Batman naturally resulted in calls for Damon as Robin, and then that idea moved alongside the possibility of Paul Greengrass and his “Bourne” franchise star reuniting for another sequel; Universal has so far denied the latter claim, and while Damon laughed recently at the notion of him as Robin, he did have some word of encouragement for his friend and former co-star.

Watch: This 'Superman Vs. Batman' Fan Trailer Is Better Than Your Ben Affleck Jokes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 27, 2013 3:58 PM
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While the internet heart attack over the the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman in "Superman Vs. Batman" has subsided (at least until the first image of him in costume arrives), attention in recent hours/days has turned to do who will play the presumed villain Lex Luthor. Rumors circulated that it would be "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston, with Mark Strong also suggested to be reprising his role as Sinestro from "Green Lantern." The former has been debunked and the latter seems like a lot of hooey, so while nerds continue to worry about an Affleck-led DC Comics movie future, some others are being a bit more enterprising.

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