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Has Ben Affleck Already Passed On The Offer To Direct 'The Justice League'?

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 8, 2012 9:56 PM
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Gotta love them trade wars. Make sure you have an umbrella because there's a lot of pissing (on each other) going on. This afternoon Variety reported that Warner Bros. is hoping to have Ben Affleck direct "Justice League", the D.C. Universe's super-hero all-star team and the equivalent of Marvel's massively succesful "The Avengers."

Warner Bros. Want Ben Affleck To Direct 'Justice League'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 8, 2012 3:45 PM
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The adaptation of Stephen King's "The Stand" (which just got a new writer) and the remake of Guillaume Canet's "Tell No One" are just a couple of the projects Ben Affleck has brewing as possibilities to direct after his duties on "Argo" are all locked up. And there's also "Nathan Decker," a political comedy that he would star in if he wanted to take a breather from being behind the camera, as well as a Whitey Bulger biopic he would write with Matt Damon and take a role in. But it looks like Warner Bros. not only want to keep him in house, they want to give him the keys to the most important movie in their upcoming slate.

Will Warner Bros. 'Justice League' Movie Tie Into 'Man Of Steel'?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 1, 2012 6:04 PM
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"Like what Chris Nolan is doing and what I’m doing with Superman, what they’ll do with Justice League will be its own thing with its own Batman and own Superman. We’ll be over here with our movie and they’ll kinda get to do it twice which is kinda cool," Zack Snyder said in March 2011 about the status of "Man Of Steel" and whether or not it would tie into a proposed "Justice League" movie. But a few things happened since then. Firstly, Warner Bros. would release "Green Lantern" a few months later and it would flop horribly, killing any chances of launching a new franchise. And this year, Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" puts an end to the latest version of Batman on the big screen, putting the character away for a few years until the inevitable reboot. What's a studio to do?

Well, Of Course There Aren't Going To Be Any New DC Comics Movies Before 2015

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 12, 2012 12:03 PM
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While there's a constant back-and-forth in the comics world, Marvel seem to pretty firmly be beating out arch-rivals DC Comics in the movie world. For much of the history of the superhero movie, it was DC (who've long been part of Warner Bros) who dominated, thanks to the success of "Superman" and "Batman," while Marvel were either not adapted at all, or done so poorly. But since 1998's "Blade," Marvel have been on the resurgence, eventually producing their own films, culminating in this year's "The Avengers," the most successful superhero film in history, while DC have had success with the Batman movies, but not much else; "Superman Returns" disappointed, while things like "Green Lantern" and "Jonah Hex" tanked outright.

Christopher Nolan Says He's Done With Batman, Won't Be Producing Any Reboots Or 'Justice League' Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 9, 2012 11:53 AM
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So just how valuable is the Batman brand to Warner Bros.? As early as last spring, with the studio seeing the the current iteration of the series coming to an end with "The Dark Knight Rises," they were already beginning to talk reboot. “We have the third Batman, but then we’ll have to reinvent Batman,” Warner Bros. chief Jeff Robinov said in March 2011. Asked if he meant a reboot, he said: “I do. Chris Nolan and [producing partner and wife] Emma Thomas will be producing it, so it will be a conversation with them about what the next phase is.” But, not so fast on Nolan's participation...

The Playlist Podcast: Warner Bros.' 'Justice League' Plans, Marvel Rumors & The Post-'Avengers' Campaign

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • June 25, 2012 1:41 PM
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In episode 2 of The Playlist podcast, host Erik McClanahan brings on staff writer Gabe Toro and Comptroller Rodrigo Perez for an extra geeky discussion about the planned "Justice League" movie that Warner Bros. is mounting and the future for the Marvel movie universe post-"The Avengers." We also talk a little bit about WB's DC plan as a whole, "Wonder Woman," and the Marvel chat is full of things we've been hearing over the last few months...

Warner Bros. Still Trying To Figure Out Their DC Comics Plan; Considering Rebooting 'Green Lantern' Without Ryan Reynolds

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 7, 2012 10:22 PM
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As we were just mentioning this afternoon, "Green Lantern" is a huge blemish and disappointment for Warner Bros. Launched just as WB were putting the finishing touches on their super lucrative "Harry Potter" series ($7.7 billion worldwide), the studio was hoping "Green Lantern" would be the beginning of a chapter in leveraging DC Comics super hero properties in the manner their competition (Marvel Studios) had already been successfullly doing and beyond the likes of flagship characters like Batman and Superman. In fact, "Green Lantern" was very much akin to "Iron Man." A B-level character far from a household name, Marvel did the unthinkable, remade the character into their A-list star property. Utilizing a similar, humor-filled approach not so dark and brooding as Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises," "Green Lantern" seemed to take some of its basic cues from "Iron Man," only missing all marks by miles.

Will Warner Bros. 'Justice League' Be "Dark & Mature"? Pathological Exaggerator Mark Millar Says Yes

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 7, 2012 4:50 PM
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If J.J Abrams, Christopher Nolan, Damon Lindelof and Ridley Scott are viewed as being on the secretive side about revealing plot details and information regarding their unreleased, often still-in-development movies, one then must consider comic book writer Mark Millar to be on the exact opposite end of the spectrum. While not exactly in the movie business like the four aforementioned artists, several of Millar's comics  (such as "Supercrooks" and "Nemesis") are in development at various studios and production companies. Seemingly very enthusiastic to be a part of the Hollywood process, Millar is very amenable to telling you pretty much whatever you want to know about any of his projects in development, going as far as to make wild casting announcements (like when we said Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt were being approached for "Nemesis") and generally claiming unrealistic start dates to any project under the sun (all of them).

'Gangster Squad' Writer Will Beall Penning 'Justice League' Movie For Warner Bros.

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 5, 2012 10:06 PM
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With "Green Lantern" tanking and disappointing last summer, "The Dark Knight Rises" putting Batman to bed (for now), and the verdict still out on "Man Of Steel" next year, Warner Bros. is looking pretty short on comic book heroes to exploit. But they've got an ace up their sleeve in "Justice League." A movie they've been trying to get off the ground for years (more on that in a moment), the studio is undoubtedly looking at Marvel's $1.3 billion worldwide haul for "The Avengers" and drooling. You call that a team up movie? How about one with Superman and Batman in the same damn movie? So no surprise they are giving it another go.

'Green Lantern' Sequel May Ditch Early Story Outlines And Start From Scratch

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 2, 2011 6:01 AM
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Just Like Audiences Worldwide, WB Reportedly Not Happy With Martin Campbell's DirectionThere is nothing about a prospective "Green Lantern 2" that doesn't reek of flop sweat. DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. are scuffling in their race against Marvel/themselves to develop a new chain of franchises based on comic book characters, and the performance of "GL" this summer has certainly hurt momentum. With "The Dark Knight Rises" pegged for next summer and "The Man Of Steel" after that, they're going to want to diversify, lest the studio be forced to greenlight a bunch of actual real movies with interesting original characters not made to sell Happy Meals. Ye gods.

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