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Ben Affleck will return as Bruce Wayne in Ezra Miller’s “The Flash” movie, according to an individual with knowledge of the project.Affleck last played Wayne in 2017’s “Justice League.” According to Vanity Fair, who first reported the news, Affleck got the script at the end of last week and agreed this week to join the project.According to an insider with knowledge of the project, conversations with Affleck started in the last couple of months to pique his interest in joining the “The Flash.” Before committing, Affleck had notes on the script which were addressed in the draft given to him last week, and he finally agreed to join the project in the last couple of days. Additionally, Affleck will suit up once again as Batman in the movie. Also of note, there will be no other films with Affleck’s Batman or an HBO MAX show as has been rumored online amongst fanboy outlets. Matt Reeves upcoming “The Batman” will not be affected and Robert Pattinson’s Bruce Wayne is still viewed as the future of the franchise.Director Andrés Muschietti elaborated to Vanity Fair in an interview on what Affleck’s return means to “The Flash.”Also Read: Batman Returns! Michael Keaton in Talks to Play Bruce Wayne in 'The Flash' Movie (Exclusive)“His Batman has a dichotomy that is very strong, which is his masculinity–because of the way he looks, and the imposing figure that he has, and his jawline –but he’s also very vulnerable,” Muschietti said. “He knows how to deliver from the inside out, that vulnerability. He just needs a story that allows him to bring that contrast, that balance.”“He’s a very substantial part of the emotional impact of the movie. The interaction and relationship between Barry and Affleck’s Wayne will bring an emotional level that we haven’t seen before,” Muschietti added. “It’s Barry’s movie, it’s Barry’s story, but their characters are more related than we think. They both lost their mothers to murder, and that’s one of the emotional vessels of the movie. That’s where the Affleck Batman kicks in.”Ben Affleck’s Batman is not the only Batman to return, as Michael Keaton is still in talks to return to the role of Batman from the 1989 Tim Burton film, as TheWrap first exclusively reported.The plot of “The Flash” will introduce general audiences to the idea of the multiverse, one of the of core concepts underpinning DC Comics. For the non fanboy set, the multiverse refers to a shifting number of alternate universes that coexist within the larger reality depicted in DC comics. Originally created to explain various contradictory changes the company’s characters experienced over decades, it allows several different versions of the same characters to simultaneously exist and, occasionally, interact.Read original story Ben Affleck to Return as Bruce Wayne in Ezra Miller’s ‘The Flash’ Movie At TheWrap
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Gotham City is coming to HBO Max. The streaming service has given a series commitment for a spinoff of Matt Reeves’ upcoming “The Batman” that will be set inside the Gotham City Police Department.Per HBO Max, the untitled series “will build upon the motion picture’s examination of the anatomy of corruption in Gotham City.”“Boardwalk Empire” creator Terence Winter will write the project, with Reeves and his 6th and Idaho production company producing with Warner Bros. TV. Reeves and Winter will executive produce alongside “The Batman” producer Dylan Clark.Also Read: 'The Batman' Director Matt Reeves Signs Overall TV Deal With Warner BrosReeves is helming Warner Bros.’ newest take on the Caped Crusader, which will see Robert Pattinson take over the role. “The Batman” is scheduled to hit theaters in October 2021, and also stars Zoe Kravitz, Paul Dano, Colin Farrell, John Turturro, Jeffrey Wright, Peter Sarsgard and Andy Serkis. It is not clear yet if any of the film’s cast will appear in this new series, though Wright is portraying Police Commissioner Jim Gordon.“This is an amazing opportunity, not only to expand the vision of the world I am creating in the film, but to explore it in the kind of depth and detail that only a longform format can afford — and getting to work with the incredibly talented Terence Winter, who has written so insightfully and powerfully about worlds of crime and corruption, is an absolute dream,” said Reeves.The series would be the second to focus on the Gotham police, following Fox’s “Gotham” which starred Ben McKenzie as Gordon in the days before Bruce Wayne became Batman. It joins other DC Comics-based TV projects at HBO Max, that include a “Green Lantern” series from Geoff Johns, a J.J. Abrams-produced “Justice League Dark” and an animated Aquaman show. Elizabeth Banks the executive producing the comedy “DC Super Hero High” as well.“We are so fortunate to have such great partners in Matt, Dylan, and Terry and unprecedented access to a wealth of IP from our partners at Warner Bros. and DC,” said Sarah Aubrey, head of original content, HBO Max.Along with creating “Boardwalk Empire,” Winter co-created the short-lived “Vinyl” and served as a writer, director and executive producer on “The Sopranos.”The HBO Max series will also be executive produced by 6th & Idaho’s Daniel Pipski and Adam Kassan; Rafi Crohn will co-executive produce. Warner Bros. International Television Distribution will distribute the series globally.Read original story TV Spinoff of ‘The Batman’ About Gotham City PD in the Works at HBO Max At TheWrap
Actor, who last donned the cape and cowl nearly 30 years ago, is considering a return to the DC Universe as a Nick Fury-esque mentor to younger heroes.
In what is probably the biggest development for the DC Extended Universe (aka the DC Comics movieverse), Michael Keaton is in talks to return the role for which he was best known: Batman. It’s a surprising development for a universe of films that already has two Batmans. But the way that Warner Bros is bringing him back could provide the studio with a way to sort of reboot this franchise, which has been without any sort of narrative center since 2017’s “Justice League.”Keaton will make his return as Bruce Wayne in the long-delayed “The Flash” movie, which makes so much sense. You may recall that at San Diego Comic-Con in 2017, Warner Bros announced that the Flash film would be called “Flashpoint.” The planned film no longer has that title, but will still be based in part on the “Flashpoint” comic.Back in 2017, as rumors mounted that the DC films would be moving away from Ben Affleck’s version of the Caped Crusader, we wrote that a “Flashpoint” movie, which would involve time travel and alternate universes, would allow them to recast the character without starting over from scratch on this whole film universe. And that’s still true!Also Read: Warner Bros Announces DC Fandome, Virtual Comic-Con Alternative Launching in AugustBut clearly we didn’t think big enough back then. Bringing back Keaton this way could allow Warner Bros to turn the frustrations with the state of the DCEU into a long-term win. And they could even use this to bring the Snyder Cut of “Justice League” into the DCEU canon.So how would this work? Well, let’s talk about the “Flashpoint” comic for a second. That story saw the Flash himself, Barry Allen, attempt to use time travel to save his mother — who died when Barry was young. The Flash can time travel thanks to his incredible speed and the “Speed Force,” which is what gives Barry his powers.But when Barry makes his journey to the past, he screws it up. His actions change the past and spawn an alternate universe. It’s kinda like when Biff from “Back to the Future” went back to 1955 and gave himself the sports almanac. And in this version of the world, Bruce Wayne is dead and the Batman is actually Thomas Wayne, Bruce’s father.From there it all gets pretty complicated, but the the Flash teams up with other heroes to try to fix the timeline and the end result was sort of a reboot of the DC Comics universe with what was called the “New 52.” You can read more about it here.Also Read: Every DC Comics Movie Ranked From Worst to Best, Including 'Birds of Prey' and 'Joker'This was not the first time DC dealt with the multiverse. In fact, the comics giant had been doing multiverse stuff for decades by then. DC’s multiverse grew from a need to fix major narrative problems the company’s writers were experiencing by the early 1960s.The first was the vast discrepancies in the history of characters like Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. Created in 1938. ’39 and ’41 respectively, their comics were consistently in print, but they had frequently been reinterpreted to fit constantly changing attitudes about comics. The most notable example was Batman, whose comic was originally influenced by noir, but by the late 50s was extremely campy.The second problem was that several characters also created during the first superhero comics boom of the World War II era were canceled after superhero comics largely fell out of popularity in the late 40s, most notably the original versions of The Flash and Green Lantern. In the late 50s, both were reimagined as entirely new characters who, just like their predecessors, knew and fought alongside Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman. Confusing things further, in the new Flash’s case he was inspired by his childhood hero, the original Flash, who was established as a fictional comic book character in his world.A 1961 issue of “The Flash,” called “Flash of Two Worlds” fixed this problem. The new Flash, Barry Allen, accidentally travels to another universe’s Earth where he meets the original Flash, Jay Garrick. Barry learns that this world, which he calls “Earth 2,” is where the World War II incarnations of all DC characters had actually lived. Earth 1 meanwhile was the home of the then-current versions of DC’s characters.Also Read: 'Batman,' 'Wonder Woman,' 'Justice League' to Leave HBO Max in JulyBy the 1980s however, the sheer number of changes DC characters continued to go through — see Batman in 1962 vs Batman in 1979 –expanded the multiverse to the point it was no longer easy to keep up with various continuity snarls. DC fixed that problem with a massive crossover event, 1985’s Crisis on Infinite Earths,” which merged everything into a single universe and started over, notably rebooting “Superman” with a new origin story and resetting his comic to issue 1.It’s not difficult to imagine that DC would try to do something similar now with its film universe. While having a multiverse in a huge superhero franchise might have seemed crazy a few years ago, Marvel introduced the multiverse concept in its films with “Avengers: Endgame.” Considering how much money that movie made, it looks like audiences can handle it. And for DC, there are endless possibilities with the multiverse.For one thing, it’s a way for Warner Bros to keep all the parts of the DCEU that people like (like “Wonder Woman” and “Aquaman”) while also rebooting the parts of it that haven’t panned out. Basically, they can reboot things without actually tearing down the franchise and starting over. On top of that, all the DC movies that aren’t part of the DCEU could retroactively be added to it. Think about it: if Keaton’s Batman in in the DCEU, then that would in turn put both of Tim Burton’s “Batman” movies in the DCEU as well.And the Snyder Cut! These multiverse shenanigans could make it so that both Joss Whedon’s and Zack Snyder’s versions of “Justice League” are a part of the DCEU canon. Without the multiverse, that would absolutely not be possible because the two versions contradict each other.Likewise, they could bring Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker into the DCEU, or Ryan Reynolds’s Green Lantern, or Halle Berry’s Catwoman. Or, while we’re dreaming, Christian Bale’s Batman.And it’s certainly possible that the DCEU could start to cross over with DC’s television shows. There’s actually already been a little bit of this already with the CW’s version of the “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” which not only briefly brought Ezra Miller’s Flash together with Grant Gustin’s version of the character, but also brought back Brandon Routh’s version of Superman.And yeah, the logistics of all this might be complicated. That’s why we don’t really wanna get to deep into how they could bring the “Justice League” Snyder Cut into the canon. We could spend all day formulating theories, but we’d probably be wrong about how it will work. This is one of those things we’re just going to have to watch over time to see how it plays out.Regardless, the possibilities are inarguably endless, but we should be clear that we can’t know yet how far Warner Bros and DC will take this. For now, we just know that Michael Keaton’s Batman will cross over from his standalone movies into this shared universe. What they choose to do after that remains to be seen.Maybe they’ll explore the multiverse further, and maybe it’ll be a one-time thing. Right now, it could very well be that nobody knows for sure what will come next.Read original story What Michael Keaton’s Return As Batman Could Mean for the DCEU and the Snyder Cut At TheWrap
Iconic “Batman” comic book writer and editor Denny O’Neil has passed away at 81. O’Neil died of natural causes on the night of June 11.“RIP Denny O’ Neil–one of visionary architects of DC Comics who helped revive Batman in the 1970’s and remains my favorite Green Lantern writer to date,” said Jim Lee, DC Comics Publisher and Chief Creative Officer in a statement on Twitter.RIP Denny O’ Neil—one of visionary architects of DC Comics who helped revive Batman in the 1970’s and remains my favorite Green Lantern writer to date. Through his editing and writing, Denny was one of the earliest writers whose work and focus on social issues pushed comics 1/ pic.twitter.com/5zqmD4Wz7T— Jim Lee (@JimLee) June 12, 2020O’Neil is best known for his work on Batman, as well as editing DC’s Batman titles from 1986-2000. Along with legendary comic book artist Neal Adams and editor Julius Schwartz, O’Neil revitalized Batman in the early ’70s after the campiness of the Batman 1960s TV series by taking the character back to his darker roots and to the formula originated by Bill Finger and Bob Kane. O’Neil also helped revitalized the Joker and Two Face as DC villains, and oversaw the Death of Jason Todd, the second Robin.Also Read: 'Batman,' 'Wonder Woman,' 'Justice League' to Leave HBO Max in JulyDuring his ’70s run, O’Neil created/co-created Ra’s al Ghul, Talia al Ghul, Leslie Tompkins and Richard Dragon. Liam Neeson played Ra’s al ghul in Cristopher Nolan’s “Batman Begins.” Marion Cotillard portrayed Talia al Ghul in “The Dark Knight Rises.”It was O’Neil’s vision and the groundwork he laid during his ’70s run on “Batman” that director Tim Burton leaned for the 1989 “Batman” film. O’Neil ended up writing the movie’s comic book adaptation, which was recently reissued in a Deluxe Edition Hardcover.O’Neil along with Adams revitalized the Green Lantern and Green Arrow characters by teaming them up in the comics. O’Neil had a stint at Marvel in the ’80s where he worked on comics like “Daredevil,” “The Amazing Spider-Man,” and created the Obadiah Stane villain in “Iron Man” which Jeff Bridges play in 2008’s “Iron Man.”O’Neil eventually branched out into writing television and his credits include “Batman: The Animated Series” which adapted “The Demon’s Quest” comic written originally by O’Neil into a two part episode which he also scripted. His other television credits include”Logan’s Run,” “Superboy,” and “G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.”Read original story Iconic ‘Batman’ Writer Denny O’Neil Dies at 81 At TheWrap
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