The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema, including what is going on with Ben Affleck and The Batman? The Young Han Solo spin-off movie casts its mentor and more…
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Ben Affleck made his name with a combination of geeky-level indy movies, starring in Chasing Amy and Mallrats for his friend Kevin Smith, and Academy-beloved dramas, the Oscar-winning Good Will Hunting and Shakespeare in Love.
Then he starred in a badly-received superhero movie dogged by an interfering studio (Daredevil – 44% on Rotten Tomatoes) and a critically-panned crime film (Gigli – 6%), released around the same time he publicly split with his celebrity fiancée (Jennifer Lopez).
That was 2003, and Affleck’s career became a punchline for several years.
Argo’s Best Picture Oscar win repositioned Affleck as a Hollywood A-lister again almost a decade later. He’d toiled away behind and in front of the camera since 2007’s Gone Baby Gone to get back there. Gone Girl two years later in 2014 was a critical and commercial hit.
Then he starred in a badly-received superhero movie dogged by an interfering studio (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – 27% on Rotten Tomatoes) and a critically-panned crime film (Live By Night, 32%), released around the same time as he publicly split with his celebrity wife (Jennifer Garner).
This all a scenic way of saying: going by past results, things don’t look good for The Batman.
A report from Batman-On-Film says that despite Warner Bros, Jeremy Irons and Joe Manganiello all saying the DCEU solo movie will shoot in the Spring, production has in fact been pushed back until the Summer.
Usually this would be welcome news. After reports WB only gave David Ayer six weeks to write Suicide Squad, Affleck getting more time to work on the script is promising. But in conjunction with Affleck’s recent interviews, where he said he won’t direct The Batman if he isn’t happy with the script, and that it took him a year-and-a-half to write Live By Night (32% on Rotten Tomatoes, remember), it sounds like the kind of high-pressured, media-scrutinised environment which has been his downfall in the past.
Affleck has said in multiple interviews since that he is directing The Batman, but he’s accompanied each time with how ridiculous the media scrutiny surrounding it is.
The report also claims that sources have told the site Justice League is “a mess” – a description that has been given to both Affleck’s Batman script (by Bret Easton Ellis) and Wonder Woman (from the infamous anonymous open letter from an ex-WB employee) over the last year.
Not according to Justice League and Aquaman screenwriter Will Beall, who has promised both films will be “lighter” and “more fun” than the dark tones of Man of Steel and BvS. And Rock ‘The Dwayne’ Johnson assures his Shazam movie will be full of “hope, optimism and fun.”
And way off in 2020, there’s also DC’s Green Lantern Corps, which David S. Goyer will write and produce to centre on Hal Jordan and John Stewart as “Lethal Weapon in space.” The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story’s Sterling K. Brown had already thrown his power ring in for the role.
Head to the next page for the new international trailer for who’s been cast as the mentor in the Young Han Solo spin-off movie, more characters confirmed for Avengers: Infinity War and more…