John Francis Daley Confirms Involvement On ‘Flashpoint’ Film

Back in January, Variety reported that ‘Vacation’ and upcoming ‘Game Night’ directing duo John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein were in talks to direct the upcoming ‘Flashpoint’ film for Warner Bros, following the exit of Rick Famuyiwa back in 2016.

John Francis Daley has tweeted this evening to confirm he is officially onboard!

The speedster’s solo outing actually happening has been in much doubt since Famuyiwa’s exit, with lots of rumours regarding directors being circled for the project but nothing official until now. Last year hope was reignited for this solo film as it was announced at SDCC that it would be called ‘Flashpoint’ – based on the hit comic storyline. Since then, there have been more rumours of the villains we could see in Barry go up against, and whether his new ‘Justice League’ friends will appear, as they do in the comic story – at this point they are still all rumours, but now that we have our directors, the rest will follow!

When I first read Variety’s report on the duo taking on the film of my all-time favourite comic book hero, I was very sceptical. But after watching ‘Game Night‘ last week, I have faith that the pair will do the Scarlet Speedster justice and could actually deliver the humour and stylish flair Barry Allen needs in his film. The duo also did a cracking job penning the script for ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’, which had the correct dose of humour for Tom Holland’s Peter Parker. In my eyes, Ezra is a fantastic Barry Allen and I can’t wait to see more of him – hopefully with Kiersey Clemons’ Iris West at his side for some of the film!

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Updated: ‘The Batman’ Solo Film WILL Be Part Of DCEU Confirms Matt Reeves

Update:

Earlier today, Matt Reeves took to Twitter to clear up the misinformation spreading across the web from various sources claiming he had said that his Batman film would not come under the ‘DCEU’ banner at Warner Bros. Putting many fans worry to rest, Reeves tweeted his original comment he is being quoted on was in regards to ‘The Batman’ focusing on Batman and not other heroes we’ve met, or about to meet, in the DCEU.

Phew! 

Original Article:

Following the recent news that a new Joker origins film is in the works at Warner Bros outside of the ‘DC Extended Universe’ banner, Matt Reeves has recently confirmed in an interview that ‘The Batman’ film was always intended to be a standalone film outside of this established universe. 

During his interview with KRCW which was about ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’, Reeves said that “Well, I have a vision for a way to do something with that character that feels like it resonates with me personally”

He then went on to say that this was Warner Bros. plan from the moment they hired him – “When [Warner Bros.] approached me, what they said was ‘’look, it’s a standalone, it’s not part of the extended universe.’”

What are your thoughts on all this? Is splitting the DC Universe in two a good idea? Or could it just get confusing for fans?

Source: KRCW

Martin Scorsese Signs On To Produce Joker Origin Film Outside Of DCEU

Last night, Deadline exclusively reported that a Joker origin film was in the works at Warner Bros., but would not take place within the established DC Extended Universe. The DCEU currently consists of ‘Man of Steel‘, ‘Batman v Superman‘, ‘Suicide Squad’, and ‘Wonder Woman‘, and has films such as ‘Flashpoint’, ‘Shazam’, ‘Black Adam’, ‘Green Lantern Corps’, and ‘Cyborg’ in it’s future.

Because of this, Jared Leto will not be reprising his role of the Clown Prince of Crime in this film, he is however expected to make an appearance in both ‘Suicide Squad 2’ and ‘Gotham Sirens’, which will both be part of the DCEU and feature Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn.

Todd Phillips (The Hangover) will reportedly direct this villainous origin film, as well as co-write the script with Scott Silver (8 Mile). Martin Scorsese has signed on as a produce, alongside Philips.

What are your thoughts on a new universe of DC characters at Warner Bros? Which character would you like to see get their own film outside of the DCEU?

Source: Deadline

Matt Reeves will Direct and Produce The Batman!

Last week we heard reports that Matt Reeves had exited talked with Warner Bros. regarding directing the solo Batman film, after he was approached by the studio when Ben Affleck announced he would no longer be directing the film because he wanted to concentrate on his performance as Batman… That, and he was probably sick of being questioned every 5 seconds about it. 

Reeves’ previous films include ‘Cloverfield, ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’, and this year’s highly anticipated ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’, so I think it’s safe to say that ‘The Batman’ is in the best of hands. 

In a statement released, Reeves says :

“I have loved the Batman story since I was a child. He is such an iconic and compelling character, and one that resonates with me deeply. I am incredibly honored and excited to be working with Warner Bros. to bring an epic and emotional new take on the Caped Crusader to the big screen” 

What are your thoughts on this decision? Is Matt Reeves a good choice for The Batman? Who would you like to have directed the Caped Crusader’s solo outing?

Written by Tom Sheffield

Brand New Trailer for Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur

After yesterday’s trailer tease tweet, Warner Bros. have just released the brand new 2-minute long trailer for Guy Ritchie’s take on King Arthur.

The synopsis underneath the trailer reads:

“When the child Arthur’s father is murdered, Vortigern (Jude Law), Arthur’s uncle, seizes the crown. Robbed of his birthright and with no idea who he truly is, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, his life is turned upside down and he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy…whether he likes it or not.”

This trailer gives us a greater insight into Arthur’s past and his rise to glory with Excalibur in-hand. This film boasts a strong cast with Charlie Hunman as King Arthur, Jude Law as Vortigern, Katie McGrath as Elsa, and Eric Bana as Uther Pendragon. I really hope that with this brilliant cast and Ritchie in the director’s chair that this film will be a lot more memorable than Antoine Fuqua’s attempt in 2011 to tell the tale of King Arthur. 

‘King Arthur’ is set to release in UK cinemas on the 12th of May. 

Written by Tom Sheffield

Ben Affleck Steps Down As The Batman Director

Ben Affleck has taken the decision to step down as director of the solo Batman film, but will stay on as a producer and of course be playing Batman himself. Affleck says he has come to this decision to allow him to focus on his performance as Batman and put all his focus and passion into it to give fans the Batman they want and deserve. 

Following the very mixed reception of Man of Steel, Batman v Superman, and Suicide Squad, I think it’s a brilliant move from Affleck to step out of the director’s chair and focus on his performance. Juggling both roles would definitely be no easy task, and Affleck clearly knows how much buzz around this film there is, as during his ‘Live by Night’ interviews that’s all people seemed interested in talking about, which must have been incredibly annoying for Affleck, who was trying to promote and talk about his new film, in which he directed and starred in. 

Ben Affleck ‘s statement reads:

“There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions,” Affleck said in a statement. “Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give. It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require. Together with the studio, I have decided to find a partner in a director who will collaborate with me on this massive film. I am still in this, and we are making it, but we are currently looking for a director. I remain extremely committed to this project, and look forward to bringing this to life for fans around the world.”

Twitter certainly hasn’t take to well to the news this morning, with many concerned over the future of ‘The Batman’ film and of course, the future of the DCEU. However, personally I think there is nothing to worry about as far as this film is concerned. Affleck will still be heavily involved in the film, aside from starring in it, and will no doubt work very closely with whichever director gets the job to ensure this film delivers. I don’t think there is anyone who wants to make this film as big of a success as possible more than Affleck does right now. 

The solo ‘Flash’ film is also (still) director-less after both Seth Grahame-Smith and ‘Dope’ director, Rick Fumiyama both left the project due to ‘creative differences. There is currently no director named for this film, and fans are sceptical the film will release in 2018 as slated. 

What are your thoughts on Affleck stepping aside? Is there a director you think would do a Batman film justice?

Written by Tom Sheffield

Space Jam 2 Eyes LeBron James

Speculation surfaced last week, when Warner Bros. studios – who produced the original ‘Space Jam’ – announced a partnership with NBA Superstar LeBron James’ production company. The agreement will cover projects for TV, film and original digital content, furthering the conjecture that a ‘Space Jam’ reboot, starring the NBA’s leading man, could be in the mix. The decision comes hot on the heels of LeBron James’ critically acclaimed appearance in the recent Amy Schumer/Judd Apatow hit ‘Trainwreck’.

Warner Bros. have not formally announced any specific projects, but several media reporters have noticed that Warner Bros. filed new trademarks for ‘Space Jam’ last month. In a Twitter Q&A on Tuesday, LeBron did little to quash the rumors either, responding to a straightforward question about a potential sequel as so: “Maybe…Guess we’ll just have to wait and see. #LooneyToonsRock”.

Written by Patrick Alexander

Leonardo of Loxley?

I bet you’ve all been thinking recently; “I need a new Robin Hood movie in my life”, right? Well you lucky devils might just be treated to three. With Disney developing a script titled ‘Nottingham & Hood’, and Sony looking to form its own Robin Hood universe with Cory Goodman and Jeremy Lott’s ‘Hood’ project, is there really room for a third guest at an already bustling party? When you’re Leonardo DiCaprio, there’s always room.

Leo has paired up with Joby Harold, whose recent works include writing for ‘Edge Of Tomorrow’ and the upcoming Guy Ritchie flick ‘Knights Of The Round Table: King Arthur’, to develop a script. Despite Harold’s strong links with Warner Bros on both projects, it seems Leo is keen to take the film to Sony, who would surely have to choose between their current commitment on the ‘Hood’ project and DiCaprio’s new venture, titled ‘Robin Hood: Origins’.

But with a franchise-tempting title and the prospect of a DiCaprio driven project, it is hard to imagine any production house resisting. Especially if they can get Leo to pick up the bow and arrow himself.

Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes