• What Michael Keaton’s Return As Batman Could Mean for the DCEU and the Snyder Cut
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    What Michael Keaton’s Return As Batman Could Mean for the DCEU and the Snyder Cut

    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

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    'The Dark Knight' actor Eric Roberts calls 'Joker' ‘nasty’

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  • Darren Aronofsky's 'Batman' fell apart because he wanted to cast Joaquin Phoenix
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    Darren Aronofsky's 'Batman' fell apart because he wanted to cast Joaquin Phoenix

    Darren Aronofksy has opened up about his planned Batman movie, admitting it fell apart because Warner Bros wanted to cast Freddie Prinze Jr.

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    Jonah Hill says no-one saw his best movie performance 'because Amazon f***** up'

    Jonah Hill believes his best acting performance has been largely overlooked.

  • Oscar-winner Joaquin Phoenix has already wrapped his first post-'Joker' role
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    Oscar-winner Joaquin Phoenix has already wrapped his first post-'Joker' role

    It sounds like the 'Joker' star could find himself back in the Oscar race next year.

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    Yahoo poll shows readers voted for Joaquin Phoenix as their favourite actor to win big at the Oscars

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    BAFTAs 2020: Joaquin Phoenix wins Best Actor for 'Joker'

    He won over fellow nominees Leonardo DiCaprio, Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce and Taron Egerton.

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    Why Joker is not in 'Birds Of Prey'

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    2020 BAFTAs: Predictions for the winners, losers and most memorable moments

    Britain's biggest celebration of cinematic greatness is this weekend, so what's going to happen on the night?

  • Bradley Cooper played a key role editing 'Joker'
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    Bradley Cooper played a key role editing 'Joker'

    Joker editor Jeff Groth has opened up about Bradley Cooper's integral role during the post-production on the film.

  • 'Joker': How copyright struggles and awkward clown shoes shaped Joaquin Phoenix's twisted look
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    'Joker': How copyright struggles and awkward clown shoes shaped Joaquin Phoenix's twisted look

    The Oscar-nominated costume designer and make-up designer behind 'Joker' lift the lid on creating Joaquin Phoenix's Clown Prince of Crime.

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  • Joaquin Phoenix Arrested at Jane Fonda’s Final Washington DC Climate Change Protest
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    Joaquin Phoenix Arrested at Jane Fonda’s Final Washington DC Climate Change Protest

    Fresh off his Best Actor win at the Golden Globes, Joaquin Phoenix was among the stars arrested Friday as part of Jane Fonda’s Fire Drill Friday climate change protests in Washington D.C.Phoenix was one of several actors arrested at the rally, at which Fonda, Martin Sheen, June Diane Raphael and Susan Sarandon were also in attendance. Both Phoenix and actor Martin Sheen were among those arrested at the rally Friday, a representative for Fire Drill Friday told TheWrap.Outside the steps of the U.S. Capitol building, Fonda said that this will be the last of the Fire Drill Friday protests in Washington D.C., though the rallies will continue elsewhere.Also Read: Joaquin Phoenix Named PETA's 2019 Person of the YearSince October, Fonda has led the protests every Friday in order to call attention to the impact of climate change. The protests aim to spur action to avert what the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) calls irreversible climate disaster if atmospheric CO2 warms the planet by another 1.5 to 2 degrees Centigrade in the next 11 years.Phoenix marched with the crowd and briefly went on stage to speak at the rally. He reiterated some of the comments he made during his acceptance speech at the Golden Globes, in particular, about going vegan and changing eating habits as a way to influence climate change.“I struggle so much with what I can do at times,” Phoenix said. “There are things that I can’t avoid — I flew a plane out here today, or last night rather. But one thing that I can do is change my eating habits.”Joaquin Phoenix: "I struggle so much with what I can do [to combat climate change] at times. There are things that I can't avoid — I flew a plane out here today, or last night rather. But one thing that I can do is change my eating habits." pic.twitter.com/RaZILYq0La— The Hill (@thehill) January 10, 2020Also Read: Golden Globes 2020: Tom Hanks Teases Villain Role and 6 Other Moments You Didn't See on TVSome of the other celebrities who have been arrested at the weekly rallies include Sam Waterston, Ted Danson, Rosanna Arquette and Catherine Keener.Fonda will return to Los Angeles next week to begin filming on the final season of “Grace and Frankie.” She’s been arrested five times in association with the rallies and has even spent the night in a D.C. jail on one occasion.Read original story Joaquin Phoenix Arrested at Jane Fonda’s Final Washington DC Climate Change Protest At TheWrap

  • Parents of Aurora shooting victim call out director Todd Phillips, Warner Bros. for dismissing 'Joker' violence
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    Parents of Aurora shooting victim call out director Todd Phillips, Warner Bros. for dismissing 'Joker' violence

    Sandy and Lonnie Phillips slam Joker director's "flippant and dismissive remarks about our very real concerns."

  • Golden Globes 2020: Joaquin Phoenix censored over expletive-ridden 'Joker' acceptance speech
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    Golden Globes 2020: Joaquin Phoenix censored over expletive-ridden 'Joker' acceptance speech

    He won the Best Actor in Drama award for his role in 'Joker'.

  • Joaquin Phoenix Snaps Back at Reporters After Being 'Tricked' Into Golden Globes Press Room
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    Joaquin Phoenix Snaps Back at Reporters After Being 'Tricked' Into Golden Globes Press Room

    The 'Joker' star is tired of talking about 'old news.'

  • Joaquin Phoenix Drops F-Bombs in Golden Globes Speech – Here’s What Got Bleeped
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    Joaquin Phoenix Drops F-Bombs in Golden Globes Speech – Here’s What Got Bleeped

    When Joaquin Phoenix won Best Actor in a Drama at the Golden Globes for his role in “Joker” on Sunday, he managed to drop a few f-bombs in his acceptance speech.“We all know there’s no f—ing competition between us,” Phoenix said of his fellow nominees in the category. “I’m your f—ing student. I can’t believe the beautiful mesmerizing, unique work that you’ve all done this year, but I really do feel honored to be mentioned with you.”Later on, the actor continued his foul-mouthed ways and kept the NBC censors busy. “Contrary to popular belief, I don’t want to rock the boat, but the boat is f—ing rocked.”Also Read: 12 Best Superhero Movies of the Decade, From 'Avengers' to 'Black Panther' to 'Joker' (Photos)Phoenix won for playing Arthur Fleck in Todd Phillips’ grittier take on the DC Comics villain Joker. Earlier in the evening, “Joker” also won the Golden Globe for best original score.“Joker” has exceeded even the wildest of expectations doing what no R-rated film has done before: gross $1 billion at the global box office.“Joker” joins last year’s “Aquaman” ($1.14 billion) and the two Christopher Nolan Batman sequels, “The Dark Knight” ($1 billion) and “The Dark Knight Rises” ($1.08 billion) to cross the $1 billion. The other movies are “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt. 2,” ($1.34 billion), “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King” ($1.12 billion) and “The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey” ($1.01 billion).Read original story Joaquin Phoenix Drops F-Bombs in Golden Globes Speech – Here’s What Got Bleeped At TheWrap

  • How Joaquin Phoenix lost all that weight for 'Joker'
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    How Joaquin Phoenix lost all that weight for 'Joker'

    Todd Phillips reveals how Joaquin Phoenix lost so much weight to become the Joker.

  • Todd Phillips wants to see a Batman spin-off from his 'Joker' world
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    Todd Phillips wants to see a Batman spin-off from his 'Joker' world

    Joker’s co-writer and director Todd Phillips wants to see a Batman film set in the same cinematic universe as Joaquin Phoenix’s version of the DC villain.

  • Revealed: 2019's most commonly mispronounced words and phrases
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    Revealed: 2019's most commonly mispronounced words and phrases

    Greta Thunberg, Chernobyl and prorogue are among the sounds Britons have struggled to get right over the past year.

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    'Joker' DVD and Blu-ray extras revealed as release date confirmed

    After earning rave reviews and grossing $1 billion at the box office, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker is coming home.

  • The most incredible actor transformations of 2019
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    The most incredible actor transformations of 2019

    Physical transformation is a huge part of the actor’s toolkit, whether it’s gaining weight, adopting a new physicality or sitting in the make-up chair for hours on end while talented crew members work their magic.This year has yielded an unusual array of transformative performances, with many of the world’s most famous faces changed beyond all recognition in service of delivering something special on the big screen.From glossy awards season biopics to mega-budget blockbuster spectaculars, the craft of an actor often requires a willingness to take risks in delivering a memorable look.These stars certainly succeeded.Read moreMovie transformations of 2018Charlize Theron criticised for dramatic Monster weight gainOlivia Colman discusses shifting weight between Queen roles

  • Todd Phillips says there's 'no contract' in place for 'Joker' sequel
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    Todd Phillips says there's 'no contract' in place for 'Joker' sequel

    The will-they-won't-they saga of the 'Joker' sequel continues, with director Todd Phillips clarifying this week's rumours of a follow-up.

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    'Joker 2' in development with Joaquin Phoenix and Todd Phillips returning: report

    Director Todd Phillips is said to be in talks to return as director with the original’s screenwriter Scott Silver has also been lined up to pen the script.