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Ben Affleck Signed For Multiple Films As Batman & Will Help "Create" The Character; 'Live By Night' To Shoot In 2014

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 25, 2013 12:52 PM
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superman and batman
Better get used to it, folks. Ben Affleck is your next Batman. And as the Internet continues to have a collective short memory about the furor that greeted Michael Keaton when he was tapped to play Bruce Wayne in Tim Burton's films, or even Christopher Nolan's decision to cast Heath Ledger as the Joker, Warner Bros. is going about their business. We're still just under two years from seeing how Affleck will shade this new incarnation of the iconic superhero, and it seems he's got a few ideas of his own.

20 Superhero Movies That Couldn't Fly All The Way To The Big Screen

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 25, 2013 2:18 PM
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Superhero movies that never came to pass
This weekend "The Wolverine," starring Hugh Jackman as the adamantium-clawed avenger (is he ever not playing Wolverine?), will be slashing its way onto screens nationwide. But as fans know, this wasn't the original vision that Jackman and Fox had in mind. No, that version was to be helmed by Darren Aronofsky as his follow-up to his Oscar-winning "Black Swan," and we can only imagine what his take would've been on the story (based in part on the great Frank Miller/Chris Claremont run from the '80s) that serves as the foundation for this reboot. The movie's prolonged Japanese shoot was cited as the reason for his departure, but one also wonders if he would've been able to have the full creative sway he's used to.

More Warner Bros. Super Hero Plans: 'Flash' Movie Being Eyed For 2016, 'Justice League' Film For 2017

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 20, 2013 2:04 PM
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The Flash Movie
Well, the floodgates are open, the cat is out of the bag. Anything that Warner Bros. wanted to announce in secret at Comic-Con is out on the table. Corroborating the just released news of a Superman & Batman film is coming for 2015, THR is also advancing the story just a little: a "Flash" movie is being eyed tentatively for 2016 and a "Justice League" movie is looking like it will land in 2017. The bold move signifies that WB is finally ready to get into the ring with Marvel for super hero film box-office hegemony by staking some dates in the ground for their shared universe. At the same time, these plans sound like they are in the very early stages.

Sorry Folks, Christian Bale Says He Won't Play Batman In 'Justice League'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 1, 2013 6:14 PM
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It was only as recently as this past spring that rumors swirled of Christopher Nolan being asked to oversee "Justice League," with Christian Bale to once again reprise Batman. But any notion of either being involved seemed like something of a longshot. Nolan has always stressed that his "The Dark Knight" trilogy stood alone from anything else Warner Bros. was cooking up with their DC properties and even last month, screenwriter David Goyer stressed, "It would be disingenuous to say Warner Bros doesn’t hope that ['Man Of Steel'] would be the starting point for a shared universe. And Zack has said that Bruce Wayne exists in this universe. It would be a different Bruce Wayne from Chris’ [Nolan] Dark Knight trilogy..." But now we have word straight from the actor himself.

David Goyer Says Warner Strategy Will Go In "Opposite Direction" Of Marvel, 'Justice League' To Launch Spin-Off Films

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • June 18, 2013 11:45 AM
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With its record-breaking haul over the weekend, we’re not likely going to stop hearing about the “Man Of Steel” sequel or Warner Bros’ plans for the DC cinematic universe. As part of the reboot’s victory lap, writer David S. Goyer stopped by for a chat with Empire to clarify where things stand with the studio’s game plan.

'Man Of Steel' Writer David Goyer Talks Superheros & How World May React To Superman In Next Films

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 14, 2013 10:22 AM
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Man of Steel
With "Man Of Steel" now in theaters, the weekend will find everyone discussing Zack Snyder's job on the Superman reboot, which even on amongst the Playlist stuff has caused a wide range of reactions. But the one thing we can mostly all agree on is that while the execution may rankle some, the ideas contained within the film are bold and brave tweaks on the established canon. In short, Superman has been updated for our times and as writer David Goyer suggests, his story won't just be an American one, but a global one.

4 'Superman' Movies That Never Took Flight

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 12, 2013 1:49 PM
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5 Versions of Superman feature
This weekend, "Man of Steel" finally takes flight. An ambitious, massively expensive project devised by "The Dark Knight" director Christopher Nolan (serving in a story writer/producer role), writer David S. Goyer, and directed by "Watchmen" filmmaker Zack Snyder, the film, while flawed, is an epic rejuvenation of the Superman mythos, encapsulating everything from the destruction of Krypton to the very human feelings of isolation and dread on Earth (you can read our non-spoilery review here).

Does 'Man Of Steel' Need To Make $1 Billion To Be A Success?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 7, 2013 1:30 PM
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Man Of Steel
In case you've been living in a cave, you probably already know that one week from today, "Man Of Steel" will be flying into theaters. Warner Bros. has been going into overdrive promoting the movie, with 13 TV spots and 4 clips to date, and while the final trailer dropped yesterday, there is likely much more to come over the next seven days. It's easy to understand why WB are pulling out all the stops -- with Batman's cowl retired for now, and nothing else on the DC docket, they need "Man Of Steel" to not only revitalize this lucrative franchise, but also to open the gateway to "Justice League." But what will be the metric of success? How much money will this have to make for Warner Bros. to feel comfortable?

Over 40 New 'Man Of Steel' Images; Zack Snyder Suggests A Superman Sequel Must Arrive Before 'Justice League' Can Happen

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 1, 2013 11:21 AM
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Man of Steel, press conf
"I get my evil from Satan. I drink it. It hurts. But then I take some Pepto and the pain goes away," Michael Shannon joked yesterday in typically mischievous fashion regarding his villain character Zod at the "Man Of Steel" press conference in Los Angeles. Yep, Zack Snyder's Superman movie is only 14 days away, press in L.A. have seen it (including us) and reviews should be hitting closer to release. More from the press conference soon, but more immediately, Warner Bros. has released 47 "new" images from the movie, some of them that you've already seen in lo-rez fashion and some that you haven't seen before, period.

If 'Man Of Steel' Is A Hit, Warner Bros. Will Ask Zack Snyder To Direct 'Justice League'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 24, 2013 4:46 PM
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You might remember that earlier in the year it was reported that Warner Bros. were waiting to see how "Man Of Steel" fared before deciding on "Justice League." And, well, duh. It's a move that only makes sense given that there's already a lot riding on the Superman reboot, and given the millions of dollars involved, everything involving DC Comics is a chess move of epic proportions. It's not exactly a shock WB roped Christopher Nolan in to bring this quality brand to "Man Of Steel" as an executive producer, and it seems they want to keep key creative talent in the mix if/when they proceed on "Justice League."

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