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6 actors who can take over Ben Affleck as Batman


A recent rumour suggested that Ben Affleck is not interested in reprising role as The Caped Crusader. While it is just a rumour at this point, it might be true and the search for the next Batman actor might be on a large.

For me, it makes more sense to bring Nightwing on the centre stage and let Ben Affleck play the role of his mentor. For Warner Bros, it is important to bring in the next Batman because it is the only character that makes money. If we are going to see the next Batman, here are my choices on who should put on the cape next.

Karl Urban

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Karl Urban, as an actor, has been rumoured to be Batman since Christopher Nolan’s trilogy ended. Karl Urban looks like the persona of Bruce Wayne, it will be a test to see him wearing the cape.

Bradley Cooper

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Bradley Cooper has the person to draw for the ladies and his irresistible charm, charisma, and playboy-like antics would lend well to the Bruce Wayne persona. He’s also shown his action chops in films like The A-Team and American Sniper. A little bit of vocal work and makeover will present him as the perfect Batman in the next film.

Matt Bomer

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As a young talented breakout actor, Matt Bomer has a lot of potential. He has been a solid choice for Daredevil in the past and his looks have made him a perfect choice for Bruce Wayne. Bomer is familiar with DC universe as he played Superman in the 2013 animation film, Superman: Unbound.

Clive Owen

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Clive Owen has EVERYTHING needed to make a believable Bruce Wayne, which is the first thing you need to think about when mentally casting a new Batman. As an added advantage he already has the Batman chin and a brooding persona, much required to play Batman on screen.

Idris Elba

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Elba being casted as Batman, will be the most controversial decision ever. The first Black Batman will make an impact like no one else. With a strong, intimidating screen presence and a towering figure, Elba would make for a solid superhero. He plays the no-nonsense, large-and-in-charge role very well, and he could bring a necessary hard edge to the Caped Crusader.

Josh Brolin

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I know Josh Brolin is Thanos in Marvel Universe but once he was extremely close to play Batman. Brolin is a talented actor and is the perfect onscreen persona for Batman. He can easily nail the role of Bruce Wayne without any difficulty. He’s blossomed with a sort of off-kilter quirkiness that would definitely suit the not-quite-of-our-world ideal image of Batman too.

Personally, I would be really excited to see any of these actors play Batman. If you have any other actor in mind, sign off in the comments section.

 

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Justice League Trailer Breakdown


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Let me tell you a story. After failure of Batman v Superman DC exes sat down with Zack Snyder. They asked Snyder to analyze why their movies get so much bashing while Marvel keeps winning. The same MARVEL THAT ONCE HAD A PLATHORA OF MEDIOCRE CHARACTERS AND THEIR ONLY TOP PERFORMING CHARACTER WAS SPIDER-MAN.

Snyder thinks, he tells the execs – ‘I think it’s the jokes,’

‘Marvel has a lot of jokes in the movies,’ Snyder continues, ‘I think we should add more jokes and shoot a major chunk of the movie during the daytime.’

And hence we got Justice League.

DC is desperate. The early trailer at SDCC proves that the company is trying to gain the trust of the fans one more time. Only this time they have added the element of humor and jokes in their trailer. Finally they have joined Marvel in the line of making funny trailers, on which the fans used to take pride in one calling ‘our movies are dark and serious’ and ‘we don’t make funny movies like Marvel does.’ They can proudly join the bandwagon of DC loves fun and humor.

My only problem is that these jokes are on the level of Green Lantern.

Despite all the hate, I have learned to hold my horses. There are parts of the trailer that made me feel intrigued and like every DC movie that has disappointed me in the past, I am going to watch this movie as well.

Here is my analysis for the trailer

Meet Aquakhal

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Probably the worst addition to the team, Jason Mamoa’s casting was happened in a time when DC was ruled only and only by Zack Snyder. He thought Mamoa will be as dark and brooding character like every character in DC universe. Only then time changed, now he has to be a fun character and it simply doesn’t come out. He looks out of place Old Spice model. Everytime he shows up in the trailer is a cringeworthy moment, but I’ll talk about the cringiest moment later.

A Motherbox

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We move to another scene where we see an ancient king buying a secret. Somehow I hope that he is King Arthur and this leads to a Justice League Dark movie. He and his army men bury something deep underground that looks like a mother box. Either this is the same mother box that gave Cyborg his exoskeleton or it is one of the hidden one that Steppenwolf is seeking on the Earth.

Wonder Woman in action

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If Aquaman is the worst part of the trailer than Wonder Woman is the best. Gal Gadot is the Wonder Woman personified, whether she is in her costumer or not. In the trailer she looks fierce and battle ready. She stares at a foe out of focus from the scene as Diana emerges from behind the shield.

An Alcoholic Aquaman

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If he was not forcibly trying to be dark and brooding, he is also a drinker. We will get to see some tragic backstory may be in a very Snyder style.

Meet Cyborg

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I have never seen Ray Fisher act. We get to see his character before he met with that horrific accident. Here Victor Stone is the high school football player studying at Gotham University. His collage’s name can be seen on both his jacket and in the background. This scene may be a flashback as we have already met a fully transformed Cybog in Batman v Superman.

Meet Barry Allen

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We get to see the best part of the trailer. We meet Barry Allen, Erza Miller is Barry Allen defined on the screen. A confused, one liner cracking superhero who has his own issues. He needs friends.

Now this is the part that worries me. While the scene looks a lot similar to Tony Stark recruiting Peter Parker in Civil War, the jokes are simply out of place. A dialogue sounds forced and the ‘I need friends’ part creates a very Green Lantern’esque nostalgia in my mind. I hope his dialogues are better than this.

Otherwise Erza Miller is the Barry Allen personified, with a sequence he wins the whole trailer.

Justice Four in Action

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Finally we meet the first four of Justice League. Cyborg’s suit looks unfinished while I am still wondering why Barry has an armor suit. They head into an underground tunnel to fight something unknown. Aquaman is not here, he’ll be saved for the final battle to emerge has the king and tell everyone, ‘hey look I am here to help you peasants.’

I am more excited to see Superman with a ponytail. I hope they don’t spoil that in the trailers.

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Just what I feared, there are a lot of worries regarding Aquaman already. I hope they don’t make him a joke in the team. Right now he sounds like a character who his forcibly trying to be serious but his teammates don’t take him seriously.

I can just hope that Aquaman’s baddassery is shown to the audience and we get to see Jason Mamoa wearing his golden armor and in blonde hair.

 

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – Ultimate Edition Review


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Batman v Superman’s extended edition came out last week and I got a chance to watch the much hated and criticized version of Zack Snyder’s epic failure on the box office. I long time back I told you that why a Justice League movie in bound to fail. I was then called a bully by many. But I guess my predictions were almost true after all.

Batman v Superman is as heartbreaking as my last breakup. You wait for something for two years, as the time goes by, you cannot stop talking about it. Then comes the day when it turns out to be a lousy move and you leave for your home, alone and heartbroken.

So who is to be blamed, for the movie (not for my breakup). After extended edition, it turns out that it was totally Warner bros fault who decided to cut down the movie at important parts. No wonder it turned out to be so badly edited. While a lot of things make sense, most of the things don’t. Lex’s plan and how he obtains the files is still unknown, Batman and Superman’s rivalry and that cringe worthy Martha scene are things leave you baffled in the end.

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The best part of Ultimate Edition is that it makes Clark Kent an actual character. The greatest improvement to the film comes from Clark’s expanded story. The biggest problem with theatrical cut was that it shorted Clark Kent/Superman’s real story. The theatrical version didn’t give Clark a whole lot to do while the Ultimate version gives him so much more. Clark has to consider the consequences of his actions throughout the movie and Batman becomes his dark mirror.

There’s a scene prior to the car chase sequence where Clark meets with the wife and son of one of the criminals branded by Batman. All of a sudden the entire sequence and why Superman needed to confront Batman starts making sense. Because of lack of these sequence, the Batman Superman fight scene feels like a random moment in the theatrical cut.

We also get some Superman moments that make him seem a lot less like a cranky and mopey persona and more like a responsible hero. There is a huge sequence after the Capital bombing where we see Superman helping survivors as the carnage of the aftermath unfolds.

The expanded opening gives us flamethrowers scorching bodies which implicates that Superman killed the African warlords. We also get a lot more insight into Lex’s overall scheme and get actual confirmation of every implication about Lex’s responsibility for the bombing of the Capitol. The extra scenes make this plot point feel a little more fleshed out. It’s not perfect, but then things start making sense.

Han Zimmer’s Man of Steel theme does more for the character than the actual performance does. The piano melody is solemn, lonely, but hints at an abundance of hope. Although not the bombastic and powerful ballad given to us by John Williams, it does tease the old theme throughout the soundtrack, and the newer theme is a strong piece that makes up for some of the character’s flaws to create a feeling of greater depth.

Actually, Han Zimmer and Junkie XL did a great job with the soundtrack. With Batman’s Suite we hear hints of Danny Elfman’s take on the character. Some of the music is drowned out in the mix early on in the film, but some songs come through quite powerfully. Namely ‘Is She with You?’ the Wonder Woman Theme, which is an onslaught of heavy war drums and gritty guitar riffs. Well done.

Other tracks are more operatic, perhaps more in line with the great opera Zack Snyder attempted presenting us with. The Lex Luthor theme is whimsical and maniacal all at once, much like the character portrayed by Jesse Eisenberg.

The Ultimate version doesn’t fix everything. If you’re looking for any clarification about the strange dream sequences (aka the ‘Knightmare’), then it still doesn’t make sense. Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor is still badly written character. The bit where Superman says ‘Martha’ and they become best friends: still there. Nothing here helps lighten the overall dark and philosophical tone of the film. The editing becomes better, the direction is still bad so you’ll still have to sit through the three hours of bad filmmaking.

In any case, the “Batman v Superman” Ultimate Edition will be a nice thing to have going forward into the DC Extended Universe. It’s not the best possible version of the movie, but it’s better than being saddled with the theatrical cut forever.

 

Trailer Analysis: Batman V Superman


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A few weeks ago, after a low quality teaser of Batman v Superman leaked on the internet, Zack Snyder officially released a trailer for the film. The first footage with a number of bits and pieces arranged together drops a few hints about how the movie is going to be.

The music has a very electronic vibe yet is very percussive that actually fits the tone of the movie. The scene cuts to a Superman statue in middle of Metropolis with some commentary in background. It sounds more like an interview, but who are they interviewing?

Metropolis in background look very much different than the one Superman destroyed in Man of Steel. The conversation in background highlights a voice asking “Is it really surprising that the most powerful man in the world should be a figure of controversy?”

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There is another voice in the interview roundup that sounds like Neil deGrasse Tyson with an awkward emphasis on the word Alien. It seems that Superman’s appearance on Earth’s culture has become a hot topic and to some extent a matter of concern. This shot cuts to Superman surrounded by people with a group with emo makeup who sound like members of some kind of Superman fanclub. Superman looks sad, tired and heartbroken as usual. For a hero who is called hope and savior for humankind he has been constantly portrayed as a sad and destructive force of nature. But that is not my main concern about the movie.

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The scene cuts to Superman’s iconic pose lifting a Russian craft crashing on Earth, that kind of reminds me of the cover page of Superman #1 . The arguments in background grow stronger with a female voice yelling “they are not telling us the truth.” Followed by a man shouting “this is our planet”.

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The trailer clearly shows a pattern, there is a conflict of opinions. People of Earth are insecure about Superman’s presence. Bits of this sequence sound like Kingdom Come’s prologue.

While the conversation grows stronger, the focus towards Superman’s statue keeps increasing along with words like ‘Power’ Chaos’ and ‘tragedy’ continue to appear in a pattern.

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The scene quickly cuts to a sequence where a group of policemen bow in front of Superman. This is an obvious callback from Man of Steel where Superman was shown in handcuffs. Also those helmets look like those of German soldiers in WW2, kind of weird isn’t it?

This entire trailer is submerged in complicated symbols like first Man of Steel trailer which is kind of ironic because the first movie turned out to be a destruction porn on such a great level that it makes me afraid about new symbols. I can only deduce that Zak Snyder is still obsessed with Watchmen days, he should understand that symbols only work in a specific zone of comic book movies and not everywhere.

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I have read at a few places that voices continue to change speaker modes, while a few voices come from left speaker other like Jesse Eisenberg come from the right one. More symbolism I must say. Another scene cuts to Superman’s statue and then the line ‘devils don’t come from hell beneath us.’ That is followed by ‘They come from Sky’ showing Superman in a very godlike pose.

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Final cut at the statue along with chants saying ‘go home,’ along with a final now in light statue that has been vandalized as false god.

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The scene now cuts to Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne and Jeremy Irons who plays Alfred in this movie speaking in the background. He talks about starting something but what exactly remains a mystery for now. There are talks about rage and powerlessness while the shot cuts to Batman’s suit. It seems it hasn’t been used for a while.

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We now see Batman standing in a building with random words written all over the place, while some say it is a clue to Wonder Woman others can’t help noticing Riddler’s question mark at a corner. The lights start flickering in Snyder’s trademark style and we get to see the Batwing. The score now gets intense with explosions and Batman taking out bad guys. The scene cut to the new Batmobile and then finally Batman. I love his chin, very Batman like straight from the comics, he is huge and is very pissed of.

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Over to a shot where Batman is holding a rifle, reminder that Frank Miller gave Batman a rifile in his Dark Knight run I am sure that Snyder taking a lot of material from here.

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Finally we get to see World’s finest facing off each other. An armored clad Batman stares Superman in the sky. Another bunch of symbols, while Batman stares in dark Superman floats in light.

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Batman sounds not in mood of giving any shit to the man hovering on top of him. He growls ‘“Tell me, do you bleed?” the intensity of this scene is no close to any other. Here is a man without any superpowers standing to confront a man who is considered as a god by most of the people in the world. Superman finally comes on the ground while the screen fades to dark.

There is no clue of Wonder Woman or Aquaman. It is safe to consider that both these characters will have glorified cameos before making full appearance in Justice League. May be we will meet the new characters in a new trailer.

This trailer doesn’t drop many hints about the movie but DC is back to its dark tone. We don’t know the timeline of the story and leaves us with a lot of questions. The movie won’t come out next year in March when we get our answers and see how DC Cinematic Universe is actually shaping.

Thoughts on Gotham TV series


 

Gotham_(TV_Series)_logoSo, Gotham. A talented cast, to say the least. Ben McKenzie as James Gordon? Erin Richards? Jada Pinkett Smith? Even if it is in the vein of Smallville, I have no doubt that the show will be good. But I really hope it isn’t. I really, really hope it’s cancelled.

Why?

Well, because it’s not connected, of course.

“This is an origin story for young Bruce Wayne,” Reilly said, promising that all of the classic Batman characters and villains would make an appearance, including: The Penguin, The Riddler, Commissioner Gordon, and The Joker. This is a series about “Gotham on the brink” he said, and “how they all became who they were, what events led up to these characters becoming Catwoman [and so on].” The Chairman described the series as “operatic” and “larger-than-life.”

When Gotham was first announced, many fans were upset. Why have a Batman show without Batman? But I wasn’t upset. Remember this was back when Batman VS. Superman was still in place for July 2015, and the folks up at WB had confirmed it would be a new Batman. I thought this Gotham series could have a little back-story of the Bat without actually having the Bat, to feed us over until BvS hit theaters. It could even lead-in the summer blockbuster, if they did it right.

But then… then Kevin Reilly really pissed me off. To quote my source:
“Reilly followed up by saying that this would be a serialized show that will function on its own, separate from the Warner Brothers DC cinematic universe. “We own all the rights.That’s what we’re licencing,” he said. “They brought us the entire franchise for a very healthy licence fee. We’re not negotiating this piece meal. We have all of the underlying Batman rights for the entire franchise for this series.”
He continued, saying, “That’s what I like about this, it’s not some sort of adjunct companion series. This is the Batman franchise, just backing it up. I think that gives it a real focus as to what the show is about and what stories we’re telling.”

Now, in this day and age, if you have a FILM FRANCHISE, one that is iconic as BATMAN, why would you not connect a TV show on a well-known network to the films? Let’s not talk about Arrow and Flash in this article; they haven’t had the success that Batman has, even Superman hasn’t it. So why not connect them when a large section of the target audience is begging for connectivity?
The answer, many argue, is that it would be limiting. No matter the character, you’d be limited to what that character can do because of what might happen later, in the movies. But, in my personal opinion, this argument is invalid. How could using, say the Red Hood gang, be limiting? An older version of Black Mask (Armadeus Arkham, anyone)? Penguin is old; in this series he could be young. There’s the Falcone’s, there’s Harvey Dent, and they have already casted a few original characters. You pull a del Toro and create a character/story “bible” and share it with Warner Bros.
Another argument is that if it worked for Smallville, it’ll work for Gotham. And this is true; like I said, I have no doubt it’ll be entertaining. But again, that was before the whole cinematic universe thing happened. We literally are living in a era of superhero movies, and it’s downright saddening to me that the show and the movie won’t take place in the same universe.