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Matt Damon: Ben Affleck’s Batman costume is ‘excellent’

- February 5th, 2014

So far we’ve heard from Kevin Smith and Jennifer Garner on Ben Affleck’s Batman costume in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Man of Steel sequel. But now we’re hearing from his best friend, Matt Damon.

In in interview with MTV, Damon gave the Bat-suit two big thumbs up saying, “I have seen a picture. It’s excellent. And I’ve talked to him about the storyline, and it’s great.”

In the same interview, Damon also said that he would have told Affleck to stay away from the film if he thought it was a bad idea. “Look, I’ve known him for thirty-something years,” Damon said. “I’d be the first guy being like, ‘Buddy, what are you doing?’ But I think the movie is going to be great.”

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Ben Affleck receives the Modern Master Award from actor Matt Damon at the 28th Santa Barbara International Film Festival January 25, 2013. REUTERS/Phil Klein

 

Jesse Eisenberg cast as Lex Luthor in ‘Batman vs. Superman’

- January 31st, 2014

Huge villain news on the Superman/Batman front.

According to Variety, Warner Bros. has announced that Oscar-nominated actor Jesse Eisenberg has been cast as Lex Luthor in Zack Snyder’s untitled Man of Steel sequel. Jeremy Irons will play Alfred in the new film.

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Jesse Eisenberg is seen in this 2013 QMI Agency file photo.

 

“Lex Luthor is often considered the most notorious of Superman’s rivals, his unsavory reputation preceding him since 1940,” Snyder said in a statement. “What’s great about Lex is that he exists beyond the confines of the stereotypical nefarious villain. He’s a complicated and sophisticated character whose intellect, wealth and prominence position him as one of the few mortals able to challenge the incredible might of Superman. Having Jesse in the role allows us to explore that interesting dynamic, and also take the character in some new and unexpected directions.”

Eisenberg and Irons join a cast that includes Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. The film also stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.

Warner Bros.’ Batman/Superman film is in pre-production in Michigan now, with filming scheduled to take place over the next year.

Major spoilers that [potentially] hint at the storyline were leaked online last week. You can read them all here.

In the meantime, what do you think of the casting news? On the face of it, it seems bad, but remember folks Eisenberg was fantastic in The Social Network. Sound off in the comments below.

Ben Affleck’s Batman will be ‘weary and seasoned’ in ‘Man of Steel 2′

- September 12th, 2013

We still don’t know what the storyline will be in director Zack Snyder’s upcoming Man of Steel sequel, but we’re getting a sense of what kind of Batman will appear in the film.

Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara told a room full of Wall Street analysts that the character will be “tired, and kind of weary and seasoned and been doing it for awhile,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Affleck’s selection to play Batman opposite Henry Cavill’s Superman in Snyder’s untitled Man of Steel sequel caused a firestorm of controversy, with Twitter haters pitted against a chorus of #Batfleck supporters that included pal Matt Damon, Joss Whedon, Michael Keaton, Josh Brolin and more.

Tsujihara reiterated Warner Bros’ support for Affleck saying the actor will nail the role.

“Ben is perfect for the vision Zack has for that character. The fact that you saw such a passionate response in the blogosphere is really kind of a testament to the love that people have for this character.”

He also revealed that the company is planning additional DC superhero announcements “in the coming months.”

Justin Timberlake wants to play The Riddler in Man of Steel 2

- August 31st, 2013

So now that pal Ben Affleck has landed the role of Batman in Man of Steel 2, singer Justin Timberlake has thrown his name into the ring as a possible candidate to play one of the film’s villains, Variety reports.

Speaking during a radio appearance on New York’s Fresh 102.7, Timberlake said he has no interest in playing Batman sidekick Robin, but he would love to appear in Batman vs. Superman as The Riddler.

“I ain’t playing Robin. I have no aspiration to ever be a superhero in a movie,” he said.

“Now, a villain! I’ll tell you the villain I want to play more than anything because I grew up loving Batman, funnily enough, is the Riddler. The Riddler is my favorite villain. The Riddler was like a sociopath. He was proper crazy. So if I’m gonna play crazy, I’m wanna play proper crazy.”

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Justin Timberlake. REUTERS FILE

Timberlake, who appears with Affleck in the upcoming thriller Runner Runner, sung the praises of his co-star. “I think he’s an extreme talent, so he could surprise a lot of people.”

Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston has been rumoured to be playing Superman nemesis Lex Luthor in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Man of Steel sequel.

So far the storyline is a secret, but Affleck has reportedly agreed to play Batman in multiple films, so it’s possible we could see an appearance by The Riddler, if not in Man of Steel 2, somewhere down the line. The supervillain was left out of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, and hasn’t been seen onscreen since Jim Carrey played the character in 1995′s Batman Forever.

I wasn’t a big fan of Carrey’s over-the-top campy portrayal opposite Val Kilmer’s Batman, but I’d be interested in seeing Timberlake’s take on The Riddler. He was pretty darn good as Sean Parker in The Social Network.

As an antagonist for Batman, I think it’ll be great if the new films dig deeper into the Caped Crusader’s rogues gallery. In addition to The Riddler, there’s Penguin, Red Hood, The Mad Hatter, Dollmaker – the list is pretty extensive.

What do you think? Could Timberlake pull off playing Doctor Edward Nygma? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Ben Affleck reportedly signed to play Batman in multiple movies

- August 26th, 2013

One thing is for certain following last week’s big Batman announcement: Ben Affleck could be playing the Dark Knight for a long time.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Affleck has agreed to play the Caped Crusader in multiple movies, should sequels continue.

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Ryan Gosling, who was also considered, didn’t like the idea of committing to a number of sequels. Josh Brolin and True Blood’s Joe Manganiello were also possibilities.

Batfans reacted with anger following last week’s announcement with #BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck taking over Twitter. But…I do think it’s fair to say that a lot of folks weren’t too thrilled with Heath Ledger’s casting as the Joker, and look how that turned out. Ditto RDJ as Iron Man, which was perhaps the most risky casting decision Marvel made given what that film meant to its overall big screen strategy.

Yes, Daredevil and Gigli weren’t great, but Affleck’s filmography over the past several years has been pretty impeccable. So I’m siding with Joss Whedon, who tweeted his support for Warner Bros’ choice.

“Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman. He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne,” Snyder said in a statement published by Variety. “I can’t wait to work with him.”

Affleck begins work on Man of Steel 2 in February after he completes shooting Gone Girl for David Fincher. He’ll be shooting that film for the majority of next year, and then start work on his next directorial effort – an adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s Live By Night.

The sequel joins a crowded slate of films set to bow in 2015, including The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star Wars: Episode VII, Pirates of the Caribbean 5 and Terminator 5.

Although some anger followed the surprise selection last week, THR reports that Affleck met with Snyder to discuss the part earlier this year before Man of Steel was even released.

And if you’re from Hogtown, you’ll be pleased to know that the Superman/Batman film will be shooting in Toronto.

Man of Steel 2 still hasn’t been officially titled, but it’s important to note that it will be a Superman sequel, so Batman will not be a focal point of the film.

It will be released July 17, 2015.

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