• 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

  • Iconic ‘Batman’ Writer Denny O’Neil Dies at 81
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    Iconic ‘Batman’ Writer Denny O’Neil Dies at 81

    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

  • 'Batman' composer Danny Elfman says turning down Prince was 'most stressful gamble' of his career
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    'Batman' composer Danny Elfman says turning down Prince was 'most stressful gamble' of his career

    Elfman revealed that Michael Jackson and George Michael were also in talks for the soundtrack.

  • Inside the Tim Burton 'Batman' you never saw: Boy Wonder blunders and killer bats
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    Inside the Tim Burton 'Batman' you never saw: Boy Wonder blunders and killer bats

    As the classic comic book caper turns 30, screenwriter Sam Hamm reveals the bonkers ideas that almost made the cut.

  • Josh Gad opens up about Penguin role in new 'Batman'
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    Josh Gad opens up about Penguin role in new 'Batman'

    There have been rumours circulating of his casting since 2017.

  • Tim Burton puts a dampener on 'Beetlejuice' sequel plans
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    Tim Burton puts a dampener on 'Beetlejuice' sequel plans

    The 'Dumbo' director doubts it will get made.

  • Michelle Pfeiffer digs out her Catwoman whip from 'Batman Returns' and she's still got the knack
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    Michelle Pfeiffer digs out her Catwoman whip from 'Batman Returns' and she's still got the knack

    In the canon of comic book movies, it would be hard to deny that Michelle Pfeiffer's turn as Catwoman in Tim Burton's Batman Returns is anything less than iconic.

  • Eva Green and Colin Farrell on working with ‘mysterious’ Tim Burton on ‘Dumbo’ (exclusive)
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    Eva Green and Colin Farrell on working with ‘mysterious’ Tim Burton on ‘Dumbo’ (exclusive)

    "He knows how to celebrate outcasts," Eva Green tells Yahoo Movies UK.

  • ‘Dumbo’s Colin Farrell doesn’t want to play Batman (exclusive)
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    ‘Dumbo’s Colin Farrell doesn’t want to play Batman (exclusive)

    "Oh God no," Farrell says.

  • Review: You'll believe an elephant can fly in 'Dumbo', but the humans are just phoning it in
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    Review: You'll believe an elephant can fly in 'Dumbo', but the humans are just phoning it in

    One wonders if Dumbo is just a trial run for the much bigger animation task of The Lion King.

  • 'Dumbo' could be the lowest box office opener of Disney's recent live-action remakes
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    'Dumbo' could be the lowest box office opener of Disney's recent live-action remakes

    The reviews have not been great for the movie ahead of its release.

  • The 'Dumbo' reviews are in and they are more mediocre than magic
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    The 'Dumbo' reviews are in and they are more mediocre than magic

    Tim Burton's live-action reimaging of the classic Disney movie is in cinemas this week.

  • Loewe launches limited edition Dumbo capsule collection
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    Loewe launches limited edition Dumbo capsule collection

    Our inner Disney kid is screaming already - the iconic Disney character, Dumbo the Elephant takes a whole new form as part of LOEWE's limited edition capsule collection.

  • 'Dumbo': 21 new photos of characters, concept art, and costumes
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    'Dumbo': 21 new photos of characters, concept art, and costumes

    Disney has shared some new photos from Dumbo, Tim Burton’s live action remake of the 1941 animation, giving us a new look at Michael Keaton, Eva Green, Danny DeVito, and – of course – the flying elephant himself.Dumbo is in cinemas from 29 March. Tickets are on sale now.Read moreDeVito takes a tumbleEvery live-action Disney remake on the way

  • Why 'Dumbo' is the ultimate Tim Burton film and other things we learned on set
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    Why 'Dumbo' is the ultimate Tim Burton film and other things we learned on set

    “You’re looking at the ultimate outsider: Dumbo is an outsider. He’s a freakish character.”

  • 'Dumbo' takes flight in the new trailer for Tim Burton's live action remake
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    'Dumbo' takes flight in the new trailer for Tim Burton's live action remake

    Disney has dropped a new trailer for Tim Burton's Dumbo ahead of it flying into cinemas next month.

  • How Tim Burton brought a CGI 'Dumbo' to life in Disney's new remake
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    How Tim Burton brought a CGI 'Dumbo' to life in Disney's new remake

    Dumbo isn't the only computer-generated element in Tim Burton's new live action Disney remake.

  • New 'Dumbo' trailer soars online - and we’ve got a new poster, too
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    New 'Dumbo' trailer soars online - and we’ve got a new poster, too

    You’ll believe an elephant can fly.

  • Tim Burton’s Dumbo adds Oscar winner Alan Arkin
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    Tim Burton’s Dumbo adds Oscar winner Alan Arkin

    Alan Arkin joins Tim Burton's live-action Dumbo... but who will he be playing?

  • The Nightmare Before Christmas is getting a sequel
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    The Nightmare Before Christmas is getting a sequel

    Have you ever wondered what happens after The Nightmare Before Christmas? Well, we're about to find out.

  • Tim Burton’s Dumbo adds Michael Keaton, Eva Green and more
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    Tim Burton’s Dumbo adds Michael Keaton, Eva Green and more

    Dumbo brings the greatest show on earth back to the big screen in 2019.

  • Colin Farrell in talks for Tim Burton's live-action Dumbo
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    Colin Farrell in talks for Tim Burton's live-action Dumbo

    Colin Farrell may be about to see an elephant fly. Six weeks after Will Smith backed out of talks to take the (human) lead in Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of ‘Dumbo’ with director Tim Burton, it seems the 40-year old Irish actor may be set to take his place. Deadline report that Farrell is in talks to appear originally earmarked for Smith, Farrell would appear as Holt, a “widowed father of two kids from Kentucky” whose offspring befriend the young elephant with the oversized ears.

  • Backlash erupts over Tim Burton's defence of white cast in Miss Peregrine
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    Backlash erupts over Tim Burton's defence of white cast in Miss Peregrine

    With diversity in the movies still its hottest topic, Tim Burton has been grilled on why his latest movie, ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’, features almost entirely white actors. Aside from the inclusion of Samuel L. Jackson as the villain character Barron, the casting is notable for its lack of diversity. Asked about the move, Burton told Bustle: “Nowadays, people are talking about it more.

  • No blinking, no pointing: Tim Burton and Eva Green reveal the secrets of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
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    No blinking, no pointing: Tim Burton and Eva Green reveal the secrets of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

    Have you ever noticed how characters in Tim Burton films never seem to blink? “I don’t,” confirms Burton, “I don’t know why. ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children’ – in UK cinemas from Thursday, 29 September – is based on Ransom Riggs’ best-selling YA novel of the same name.