Titans’s Bruce Wayne Casting Could Set Up a Batman Beyond Show

Season 2 of Titans has cast veteran actor Ian Glenn as Bruce Wayne/Batman in a move that creates the exciting possibility of a live-action Batman Beyond show on the DC Universe streaming service.

We already knew the Batman in Titans continuity was in the back half of his career, having fought crime for years and trained multiple Robins, but bringing in Ian Glen as the Caped Crusader gives us an idea of the billionaire vigilante’s actual age in the show. At age 57, Glen is the oldest actor to ever play Batman in live-action by a wide margin. Ben Affleck’s portrayal of Batman as a seasoned version of the World’s Greatest Detective happened when the actor was only in his early 40s, nearly a decade and a half younger than Glen.

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While Glen’s Bruce Wayne will surely be portrayed as a few years younger than Glen’s actual age, it’s still a Batman that’s been fighting crime in Gotham for potentially 30 years, or at least close to it. While the traditional Batman timeline wouldn’t have Terry McGinnis replace Bruce Wayne as the Dark Knight for another decade or two after the events of Titans, having Glen portray Batman puts them within reach of a broad range of older Batman ages. With the help of a little makeup, he could play a version of Batman anywhere from his late 40s to his early 70s. Batman’s older years are especially easy to flex, given Bruce Wayne works to maintain peak physical condition.

The DC Universe streaming service has been mining a number of properties for its live-action shows, from Titans to Doom Patrol to the upcoming Swamp Thing, and eventually Stargirl. So far, they’ve maintained a loose sense of continuity between Doom Patrol and Titans, so Batman Beyond is a perfect fit, especially since, for all intents and purposes, Ian Glen would likely be the only cast member from other shows that would need to appear.

With an older Batman already cast, the biggest concern of bringing a live-action Batman Beyond show to life is budget. Set in a futuristic neon noir world with a far more advanced Bat-suit, a Batman Beyond show could be a tricky proposition to pull off within DC Universe’s budget range, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Swamp Thing reportedly has a budget of around $85 million, and when you consider the quality of some low budget sci-fi movies like Upgrade, which takes place in a similar neon noir Blade Runner-esque aesthetic to Batman Beyond, was made for under $5 million, a Batman Beyond series doesn’t seem entirely out of reach.

It will certainly be curious to see what the DC Universe has in store for Ian Glen. As the oldest on-screen Batman yet, he opens the possibility for a number of older-Batman stories we haven’t been able to see in live-action.

NEXT: Doom Patrol Is A Hit – But It Can’t Beat Titans’ Popularity

2019-04-20 01:04:04

Stephen M. Colbert

JJ Abrams is Thankful for Rian Johnson Casting Kelly Marie Tran

During Friday’s momentous Star Wars Celebration panel, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker director J.J. Abrams said he’s thankful for The Last Jedi‘s Rian Johnson casting Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico. Officially titled The Rise of Skywalker after Friday’s Star Wars Celebration reveal, the ninth chapter in the series is expected to bring an end to the saga that began with 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope.

Plot details about The Rise of Skywalker are largely being kept under wraps of course, but Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy and company did come across with some juicy bits of information during Friday’s panel. Perhaps the biggest reveal of the day came during the official release of the first Star Wars 9 trailer, which heralded the return of the notorious Emperor Palpatine. In somewhat happier news, Lando Calrissian is also coming back for Star Wars 9, and fans were given their first glimpse of Billy Dee Williams returning to play the character for the first time since Return of the Jedi. Abrams also offered up an image teasing the new movie’s story, which involves the new trilogy’s main cast members uniting for a mission.

Related: The Star Wars 9 Title Doesn’t Mean Rey Is A Skywalker

In addition to Rey, Poe, Finn, Kylo Ren and the other new characters introduced in The Force Awakens, Star Wars 9 also sees the return of Rose Tico, who was introduced in The Last Jedi. Rose actress Tran was herself on-hand at the celebration and received a rousing ovation from the crowd (after the actress was previously forced to leave Instagram in the face of criticism from trolls). Director Abrams then paid Tran a great compliment when he singled her out as perhaps the best part of the legacy left behind by The Last Jedi and its director Rian Johnson. Abrams said “I was grateful to Rian Johnson for so many things that he did but the greatest for me was casting Kelly Marie.”

It was interesting for Abrams to nod at Johnson’s movie in any way, as there have been many questions about the direction the overall story took in The Last Jedi, and how Abrams might choose to course correct after some of the choices Johnson made. For instance, fans wonder about Johnson’s decision to definitively state that Rey is not a Skywalker but is instead, in the words of Kylo Ren, a “nobody.” Indeed, the Rise of Skywalker title could be taken as a hint that Abrams has decided Rey is a Skywalker after all, though that interpretation is not necessarily a slam dunk either.

Fans have also wondered if the new movie will pick up the thread of Finn and Rose as possible love interests after the way The Last Jedi ended, and indeed Tran herself winked at that possibility by declaring Finn an “eligible bachelor” during the panel. Abrams did reveal that The Rise of Skywalker does not begin directly after the events of The Last Jedi, a statement that will no doubt lead to a lot more speculation about the new movie trying to move on from the previous film as much as possible. For his part, Johnson has said he doesn’t care if Abrams decides to retcon The Last Jedi.

The legacy Johnson left behind after The Last Jedi indeed continues to be a point of contention for many Star Wars fans, but it’s clear that Abrams found at least one thing to like about the middle film of the new saga, and that one thing is Tran as Rose Tico. It will be interesting to see how Abrams continues the story of Rose in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

More: Star Wars 9 Theory: Rey & Kylo’s Force Connection Will Bring True Balance

2019-04-12 01:04:54

Dan Zinski

Titans’ Bruce Wayne Casting Can Fix Season 1’s Batman Problem

Casting Iain Glen as Bruce Wayne in the second season of Titans could correct some of the series’ biggest mistakes regarding how it handled Batman in season 1. In particular, having a strong actor in the role of Batman could do wonders in strengthening the subplot built around Dick Grayson and his internal torment over his role as Robin.

This conflict was a key part of Titans‘ first season, which saw Dick Grayson working as a police detective in Detroit, trying to put his life as Bruce Wayne’s ward and Batman’s sidekick behind him. As the season progressed, however, it became clear that Dick was suffering from some form of PTSD as a result of his working with Batman. Yet despite all of the attention paid to Dick’s vigilante mentor, Titans told us far more about Bruce Wayne and Batman than it ever showed – and it told us very little.

Related: How Doom Patrol Connects To Titans In The DC Universe Timeline

It is understandable that Titans‘ showrunners would want to avoid Robin and the rest of the cast being caught in Batman’s shadow. Indeed, Dick’s entire emotional arc in season 1 is built around his trying to become his own man rather than the weapon Bruce Wayne turned him into, and escape from being forever attached to his mentor. Unfortunately, in trying to keep Batman from stealing the show, the writers only made him more conspicuous in his absence.

Titans went to comical extremes in trying to hint at Batman’s existence without ever actually letting the audience see him as season 1 progressed. This culminated in the season finale, where we see Dick Grayson forced to bring down his foster father after Bruce crosses the line and becomes a crazed killer, in what was revealed to be a nightmare triggered by Trigon to awaken Dick’s dark side. Until the very end, we only see Batman in silhouette or a fleeting glimpse of a distant caped figure. While this may have been meant to dehumanize Bruce and leave the audience seeing him as the monster he had become in Dick’s head, all it really did was make it all the more obvious that Brenton Thwaites was facing off against a stuntman.

By casting an actor of Iain Glen’s caliber as Bruce Wayne and allowing him to be seen, the audience can finally put a face to the name and begin to form an emotional bond with Batman’s character, for good or for ill. Once the audience has something real to connect to rather than their projected image of what they think Batman should be, the emotional arc of the show’s writing can fully impact the viewers. This can only serve to strengthen Titans‘ storyline in season 2 and make the show better.

More: Titans Shows Why Robin is Batman’s DUMBEST Idea

2019-04-11 03:04:49

Matt Morrison

7 Casting Decisions That Hurt Outlander (And 13 That Saved It)

Outlander is one of the biggest shows on television. The romantic story, the beautiful Scottish Highlands as the backdrop, with the 18th-century being the primary setting makes it one of the most breathtaking and intriguing shows on right now. There are all of the added action sequences and the passionate between the two protagonists that draws in both male and female viewers from all over the world.

But the truth of the matter is, the incredible popularity of the show would have never happened if they hadn’t made the right casting choices with the majority of their characters. Luckily for the team behind Outlander, they did a great job…for most of the characters. Sometimes, though, there were either mistakes made in casting or it was simply just too hard for the fans to picture certain actors in the roles of certain characters.

Either way, it has become abundantly clear that proper casting in any television show – especially one that was bound to become a cultural phenomenon – can make or break it. With that in mind, we have broken down the members of the Outlander cast who hurt the show more than helped it, as well as the ones who made it into the sensation it has become.

Here are the 7 Casting Decisions That Hurt Outlander (And 13 That Saved It).

20 Saved It: Duncan Lacroix As Murtagh

A true surprise was seeing the television adaptation of Murtagh’s character, mostly because in the books, he was not nearly as adored as his TV counterpart. Not to mention, that he met his fate at the Battle of Culloden, while our Murtagh onscreen lived through the infamous battle.

Lacroix’s performance gave much more depth and complexities to his character, making him a near immediate fan favorite. The evolution of his character thanks to the actor’s dedication to the role and true talent in bringing a whole new side to Murtagh is probably a big reason why he survived the battle on the show, which made fans everywhere rejoice.

19 Hurt It: Sophie Skelton As Bree

In the books, Brianna Randall, who is Jamie and Claire’s daughter, was described a bit differently than the actress who now plays Bree onscreen.

She is described as looking much like her father, with her red hair and sharp features, which to be fair, Skelton does have both of those descriptors. But she is not roughly six-feet tall, like was described in the book and is missing other features that were mentioned that fans immediately noticed.

Luckily, though fans of the series were reluctant to initially accept Sophie Skelton as Bree, she has won audiences over with her performance. It just took some time.

18 Saved It: Sam Heughan As Jamie Fraser

When Diana Gabaldon, author of the Outlander books, first heard they were considering Scottish actor, Sam Heughan, for the role of Jamie Fraser, she was unsure if he was the right fit. Mostly because he was nearly too pretty.

But once she saw his audition, she knew he was it and agreed with the producers. And boy, were they all right. He has become so much more than the Scottish hunk who loves Claire with everything he has. He gives each and every performance his all and makes you feel every emotion Jamie is pouring out through his very pores.

17 Hurt It: Alison Pargeter As Margaret

This likely has more to do with the character itself, rather than the actress, but watching Alison Pargeter’s performance as Margaret Campbell was in a word, upsetting.

Sure, that was partially the point. But seeing a woman with clearly dealing issues from her mental illness be treated so negatively by her own brother, as well as other “important” people, and used as a psychic of sorts was disheartening. It was a tough character to portray, and she obviously did a fine job with the material, but it was not one of the best portrayals of mental illness on a series.

16 Saved It: Lotte Verbeek As Geillis Duncan

Geillis Duncan was Claire’s friend – eventually turned foe – throughout the first three seasons of Outlander. She, too, was a time-traveler, Claire came to find out. And though Geillis had some issues, she was a friend to Claire for a time.

Lotte Verbeek was the actress to bring Geillis to life on the Starz series, and she did so effortlessly. Each of her creative choices for the character meshed well with who the character was to her core. Once Geillis went full-villain mode in season 3, Verbeek went full throttle and brought out every trick in the book. It was a stunning performance.

15 Saved It: Andrew Gower As Bonnie Prince Charlie

Prince Charles led the Jacobite Rebellion in 18th-century Scotland and inevitably failed in his mission to take the crown. Outlander needed to find the perfect actor to play the Bonnie Prince, and they found him in none other than Andrew Gower.

Gower showed off his acting chops as the Prince and emulated his privilege, wealth, and flamboyancy in every movement and every word. It was, quite honestly, a damn shame when his role was over by the beginning of season 3 because he was just so fun to watch. But much like the real Prince Charlie, the character’s time in Scotland was over, and it was time for everyone else to move on, too.

14 Hurt It: César Domboy As (Older) Fergus

Fergus was a beloved character from season 2 of Outlander. He, at the time, was the little boy Jamie and Claire took under their wing while living in France, and eventually brought back with them to Scotland.

Everyone loved young Fergus, so it stands to reason that it would be hard for a lot of fans to accept an older version of the character played by anyone else other than the original actor. That is what César Domboy was faced with when accepting the role, and it definitely took a while for fans to be on board with the older version of the character.

Now, though, fans seem to have warmed to him, since he still gives a great performance. But it definitely wasn’t overnight.

13 Saved It: Tobias Menzies As Frank Randall/Blackjack Randall

Tobias Menzies took on a tall order when he was cast as both Frank Randall and his ancestor, Blackjack Randall, in the hit Starz series.

Playing two vastly different roles on the same show had to have been a mind-warp for Menzies. But he was able to play both the innocent bystander of Frank Randall, Claire’s first husband, and the notoriously evil Blackjack Randall, Claire and Jamie’s sworn enemy with poise and unrivaled intensity.

The sheer talent it must take to take on either character is astonishing, and Menzies surely gave it his all with blood, sweat, and tears in every episode. Literally.

12 Hurt It: Ed Speleers As Stephen Bonnet

Ed Speleers had a lot going up against him when he took on the role of Stephen Bonnet. Bonnet is, of course, the pirate who terrorized both Jamie and Claire when he robbed them – after they had saved him for a terrible fate. But he also terrorized their daughter, Bree, when he assaulted her.

Everyone was bound to hate him just because his character was so vile, but the other problem was he was following a grand villainous performance by Tobias Menzies as Blackjack Randall. No matter how much everyone hated Randall, we couldn’t help but be enthralled whenever he was on our screens.

11 Saved It: Stephen Walters As Angus

Angus in the books is a far cry from the Angus we see on the show. For one, he is not nearly as large or covered in hair as described in the books. And he’s also not a gruff man who carries out brutal punishments in the Great Hall.

On the show, he is one of Dougal’s men who makes hilarious quips and likes to drink. When his role expanded on the series, many fans adored Walters’ interpretation of the character and he became a fan-favorite. Which is why when he met his end in season 2, it was truly heartbreaking.

10 Saved It: David Berry As Lord John Grey

Lord John Grey has been described as one of the “most complex and interesting characters” that Diana Gabaldon has created in her Outlander universe. So it must have been a daunting task trying to cast such an incredible character.

But when they cast David Berry as the closeted gay British soldier in the 18th-century – who also happens to be in love with Jamie – they found the perfect man to play this intriguing character.

Berry has made the character even more adored by the fanbase than he already was in the books, which is probably why there are many hoping he gets his own spinoff one day.

9 Hurt It: Lionel Lingelser As King Louis

When we first saw King Louis on Outlander, he was on a toilet, being watched by his people, as he struggled to use the facilities. It was a comical scene, to be sure, but left us with a strange view of the King of France.

The actor who portrayed him came across as a cartoonish version of the real-life monarch. That may have been the goal of the writers, but it was hard to ever take him seriously as a King. This point was driven home when he let Jamie free from prison once Claire was intimate with him. It was done so in, yet again, a comical way and only made us see King Louis as a caricature of a powerful King.

8 Saved It: Grant O’Rourke As Rupert

Rupert MacKenzie was another of Dougal’s loyal men who fought alongside him in everything. He also was best friends with Angus, played by Stephen Walters. O’Rourke took on the role of Rupert and played off of Walters’ Angus seamlessly.

The two made you feel their friendship was absolutely genuine. O’Rourke made Rupert such a lovable and funny character that when there were serious moments, you didn’t know what to expect. But he delivered those scenes just as perfectly. That’s why the moment he realizes Angus has passed goes down in Outlander history as one of the most tragic scenes to witness.

7 Saved It: Stanley Weber As The Comte St. Germain

While in France, Jamie and Claire had many dramatic situations they found themselves in. And also had quite a few enemies for only being there a short time. The first enemy they made, though, was the Comte St. Germain. Claire publicly states the Comte’s ship is infested with smallpox almost immediately upon getting to Paris after a chance encounter.

This makes him despise Claire and Jamie and he makes it his mission to make their lives hell. Played by French actor, Stanley Weber, he gives a sinister and haunting performance of the Comte St. Germain. That was why we didn’t know how to feel when Claire had him meet his end when he was accused of sorcery. We weren’t quite ready to let go of this enigmatic yet evil character.

6 Saved It: John Bell As Young Ian

John Bell is one of the more recent actors added to Outlander’s roster of talent. He plays Young Ian Murray, son of Jenny and Ian, and nephew of Jamie and Claire. Jamie takes him under his wing quite a bit and wants him to feel he has independence, much to Jenny’s dismay.

He eventually ends up following his Aunt and Uncle to North Carolina in season 4, where we see his character develop even further. John Bell plays Ian’s innocent nature mixed with his want for independence in such a wonderful and unique way. And when he recounted his attack from Geillis in season 3, it was so heartbreaking and emotional, that you saw the true talent exude from Bell at that moment.

5 Hurt It: Nell Hudson As Laoghaire

To be fair, no matter who the producers of Outlander cast as Laoghaire, the fans were bound to not like her. So it makes perfect sense that Nell Hudson was not well-received by the fanbase when she signed on to play Laoghaire, Jamie’s former flame and Claire’s nemesis.

Laoghaire is a thorn in the couples’ side throughout the series and does some pretty insane things in the name of what she thinks is love. Even though her character is so hated, it doesn’t mean that Hudson should receive the amount of hate – and even threats – that she does. But we can’t say we didn’t see that coming.

4 Hurt It: Will Strongheart as Tawodi

In season 4 of Outlander, there were many storylines revolving around the Native Americans whose land the Frasers were building their home on and how that affected not only them but how America became a country in the first place.

It was great to see them cast actual Native American actors in the roles, but one of their casting choices was ill-advised. Will Strongheart played an English-speaking Native American named Tawodi, but it turns out he had domestic charges against him in the past that he was convicted for. Fans were not too pleased to learn of this after the airing of his first episode.

3 Saved It: Graham McTavish as Dougal MacKenzie

The moment Graham McTavish stepped into the role of Dougal MacKenzie, we knew we had the larger than life Scottish war chief before our very eyes. Sure, Dougal had plenty of flaws and ended up being more villainous than an ally to the Frasers, but he played the part perfectly.

His theatre background shined through in some of the more dramatic moments for Dougal, which made him so captivating to watch. That is precisely why watching the life drain from Dougal’s eyes in the season 2 finale was so bittersweet. Of course, we wouldn’t have wanted him to succeed in harming Claire and Jamie, but it was sad to see his character go for good.

2 Saved It: Richard Rankin As Roger Wakefield

Roger Wakefield is the adopted son of Reverend Wakefield, who Claire met during her time in Inverness on her honeymoon before she went back through the stones. Once grown up, he meets Claire, again, and her daughter, Brianna Fraser, who he ends up falling for.

Richard Rankin is the actor who brought this pivotal character to life in the Outlander series. His portrayal of Roger, with his boyish charm and love for Bree, endears him to all and instantly made him a fan-favorite. His fanbase is just as dedicated, if not more so, as Heughan’s, and it’s easy to see why.

1 Saved It: Caitriona Balfe As Claire

Understandably, Claire Randall/Fraser was the most important and difficult character to cast on Outlander. She is, after all, our lead and our heroine of the entire story. It was imperative that she be the absolute perfect embodiment of the time-traveling WWII nurse who falls for a Highlander in the 18th-century.

That is exactly what Caitriona Balfe turned out to be when she was cast a mere three weeks before filming began. Her ethereal beauty is only part of what makes her so perfect as Claire. Her charm, and depth, and emotional capabilities make her the undeniable match to Sam Heughan’s Jamie. Their chemistry is off the charts. But Balfe’s pure talent and dedication to the role is what makes her, in our eyes, the best Claire Fraser there ever could be.

2019-04-07 04:04:56

Alyssa Avina

Oscar Isaac Debunks Batman Casting Rumors, But Is Open To The Role

Oscar Isaac debunks rumors he’s up to star in The Batman from director Matt Reeves, but says he’d like to be considered for the role. A solo Batman movie set in the continuity of Warner Bros. and DC Films’ unofficially titled DC Extended Universe has been in the cards since Ben Affleck signed on the play Bruce Wayne in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. At that time, it was expected Affleck would write, direct and star in the Batman movie, but plans have since changed. First, Affleck exited as writer and director, paving the way for Matt Reeves to direct The Batman.

Then, the project was plagued by rumors that Affleck would leave the Batman role and Reeves was developing a prequel Batman film. However, the actor, studio and director maintained Affleck’s involvement up until recently. In January, Warner Bros. set The Batman for a 2021 release date and Affleck officially confirmed his exit as Batman. Over the past year, even before Affleck officially stepped away from the role, there have been reports and speculation about who his replacement could be. Armie Hammer and Robert Pattinson are some of the actors more recently linked to The Batman, but going as far back as last summer, Oscar Isaac was tied to a potential Batman movie role. Now the actor has responded to those rumors.

Related: The DCEU Wasted Ben Affleck’s Batman (& His Other Skills)

Speaking to Metro about his recent Netflix film, Triple Frontier (in which he co-stars with Affleck), Isaac was asked about the Batman movie rumors. Specifically, it was reported in August 2018 that Isaac had met with Warner Bros. about a role in Reeves’ The Batman. When asked if he’s the new Batman, Isaac said:

No. I have only read it online like everyone else. I haven’t had any conversations about Batman, unfortunately, but I am sure it is going to be great. Matt Reeves is such a great director. Yeah, he can get my number.

Since Isaac reveals he hasn’t met with Warner Bros. about Batman, it appears those previous reports weren’t true – at least, not entirely. It’s since been confirmed Isaac will co-star in Dune, Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi novel. That movie is being produced by Legendary Entertainment and distributed by Warner Bros., so it’s possible the meeting Isaac had last year was for Dune, not The Batman. Nevertheless, Isaac isn’t currently in consideration for the role of Bruce Wayne in Reeves’ The Batman, that much seems certain.

Of course, Isaac does appear to be game to join the superhero blockbuster. The actor has some experience with superhero roles, having played En Sabah Nur in X-Men: Apocalypse – though he’s since called his experience working on the movie “excruciating” due to the costume and makeup for Apocalypse. Further, Isaac had a small role in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse that paves the way for a bigger part in the sequel. Still, it seems Isaac is also willing to portray a DC movie role and would like to play Batman.

Whether that happens, and whether Isaac is even considered for the role, remains to be seen. If Reeves is looking for a younger star for The Batman, Isaac may not be the right fit. Though he’s six years younger than Affleck, that may not be enough for what Reeves has envisioned. That said, since we don’t know what exactly Reeves and Warner Bros. are looking for, it’s difficult to rule out Isaac entirely. For now, fans will have to wait and see who winds up starring in The Batman.

Next: Every The Batman Update You Need to Know

Source: Metro

2019-03-20 02:03:52

Molly Freeman

Ben Affleck ‘Excited’ For Batman Casting Change & Matt Reeves’ Vision

UPDATE: Here’s our picks to replace Ben Affleck as Batman.

Ben Affleck expresses his excitement for Matt Reeves’ The Batman, which will star a new actor as Bruce Wayne. Back in 2013, Affleck was cast as the Caped Crusader for Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and many will remember he was a controversial pick for the role at the time. However, Affleck was able to prove the skeptics wrong by delivering a grizzled performance as a world-weary and older Bruce, depicting the character onscreen like never before. Though Batman V Superman received mixed reviews, Affleck was seen by many as a highlight and fans left wanting to see more of him.

Obviously, a lot has changed in the few years since Batman V Superman premiered, including Affleck’s involvement with the DC Extended Universe. When Justice League underperformed critically and commercially, it was all but guaranteed audiences had seen the last of Batfleck. By the time DC’s failed team-up debuted in theaters, Affleck had already passed writing and directing duties on a solo Batman movie to Reeves and there were countless rumors he was looking to leave the franchise. Now, it’s finally been confirmed The Batman will feature a different actor in the role of Bruce, but Affleck remains enthused for what’s to come.

Related: All 30 Upcoming and In-Development DC Films

Taking to Twitter to share news about The Batman receiving a summer 2021 release date, Affleck stated he was “excited” for the movie and to see what Reeves does with the material. You can check out his post in the space below:

For DC fans, this has to be a bittersweet moment. On one hand, it’s nice to have some clarity on The Batman at long last, after months of unverified reports and speculation. Reeves has already proven himself as an exceptional filmmaker on his two acclaimed Planet of the Apes entries, so it should be fascinating to see what he can do with a hard-hitting Batman story that taps into the character’s status as the world’s greatest detective. At the same time, several viewers were fond of Affleck’s interpretation and wished he could have stayed around longer, possibly headlining a memorable standalone film (or more). As thrilling it is to see Reeves take the controls with a younger star, a case can be made Affleck’s talents were wasted here and he deserved a better shot.

It’ll be hard to not think about what might have been regarding Affleck’s tenure as Batman, but hopefully this is the beginning of a fresh start for him. He’s already lined up multiple new projects, headlining Gavin O’Connor’s drama Torrance and possibly directing a movie about the McDonald’s Monopoly scam. It wasn’t that long ago Affleck reinvented his career with movies such as The Town, Argo (which won Best Picture), and Gone Girl. Freed from franchise obligations, Affleck should be able to do as he pleases now, and it’ll be exciting to see what he chooses to do in the immediate future.

More: The DCEU Ruined Batman & Superman (But It’s Not Zack Snyder’s Fault)

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2019-01-30 05:01:45

Casting Shang-Chi In The MCU

Marvel Studios will soon be in the casting process for Shang-Chi, so here are some names they should consider. Kevin Feige is pulling the Master of Kung Fu out of development and is now fast-tracking what could be the first Asian-led superhero movie. The Shang-Chi movie just took a major step forward with David Callaham writing the script.

Shang-Chi was created by Steve Englehart and Jim Starlin in the early 1970s as one of the greatest martial artists in the world. Commonly known as the Master of Kung Fu, Shang-Chi was modeled after Bruce Lee. Shang-Chi isn’t a stern warrior though, with his humor and playfulness also being a main component to his character. But, this doesn’t mean he’s totally lighthearted either, as he was raised to be a deadly assassin by his super villain father Fu Manchu. The character was originally set to be introduced on the big screen much earlier on, as Shang-Chi was among a variety of projects initially announced by Marvel Studios in 2005. There has been no movement on the character since the MCU has formed and grown to what it is now, but it appears he never completely was forgotten about by the executives crafting the universe.

Related: Marvel Studios Original Plan Would’ve Led To A Very Different Infinity War

Word of a Shang-Chi movie being back in-development is exciting news, with Marvel potentially getting an action-heavy franchise that once again adds diversity to the universe and reaches another community that hasn’t been targeted by superhero films. But, since they are moving quickly with the project, it may not be too long before the kung fu master is cast. Marvel Studios and Callaham’s take on the martial artist will modernize the hero to avoid stereotypes that many comic characters of that era were saddled with. In order to do this, they’ll need to properly cast the role soon – unless Remy Hii’s already playing Shang-Chi in Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Before the potential candidates are laid out, some general ground rules should be implemented. Although Shang-Chi is specifically Chinese in the comics, it’s possible Marvel will look at actors from all across Asia to fill the role. Additionally, Shang-Chi’s martial arts experience is a major part to who he is, but that doesn’t mean Marvel must or will cast someone who is previously trained. Without a character breakdown, it’s impossible to know how much of an emphasis the studio will put on the action element, but Marvel’s casting process is different compared to other studios. There’s several different directions in terms of age, experience, and background for them to go when making their choice, so here are some options to help.

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Steven Yeun

One actor Marvel Studios can look at for Shang-Chi is Steven Yeun, who’s most well-known for his role as Glenn on The Walking Dead, a role that truly established him as a major TV star. In The Walking Dead series, Yeun proved that he not only has leading man potential but also can perform action-heavy scenes as well. Even though he isn’t a trained martial artist, it’s easy to imagine Yeun picking up enough in training to do some of his own stunts. Outside of his Walking Dead performance, Yeun has starred in OkjaMayhem, and Sorry to Bother You. With plenty of fans already, which apparently includes Feige (who recently met Yeun at an awards ceremony, via Twitter), the 34-year-old actor could already be on Marvel’s radar.

Lewis Tan

A fan-favorite choice for any martial arts-related superhero role is Lewis Tan, and he’s another person Marvel Studios should be looking at for Shang-Chi. Tan first gained attention for played the drunken kung fu master in Iron Fist season 1, after also publicly lobbying to be cast as an Asian version of Danny Rand. He then followed this up by briefly playing Shatterstar in Deadpool 2, but that role could be short lived due to Disney’s upcoming acquisition of 20th Century Fox. He has gone on to land roles in Into the Badlands and Wu Assassins, but his leading role many want to see is still needed. If Marvel does wind up prioritizing casting someone who can do most of their own stunt work, then this role could swing in Tan’s favor. After all, he’s a rising talent at only 31 years old who could really breakout as Shang-Chi.

Ross Butler

Now, if Marvel wants to go for someone with the leading man stature that can stand tall with the MCU’s various other heroes, then Ross Butler could be a nice choice as well for Shang-Chi. Butler has primarily stayed with TV as of late and has left a good impression. Roles in The CW’s Riverdale and Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why helped solidify his place in the industry, but he’s also secretly joined the cast of DC’s Shazam!. That role is likely a small one as another member of the Marvel family, yet it may be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe that can launch his career even further. Butler has the charisma that Shang-Chi could use and 6’3″ build to become a powerful fighter. With a bit of training and a chance, Butler could be Marvel’s next star. (Plus, it’s worth mentioning that Marvel is already starting to mine 13 Reasons Why‘s cast for talent, as they recently cast Katherine Langford in Avengers 4.)

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Ludi Lin

If plucking someone from a small DC role isn’t off limits, though, Ludi Lin may prove to be an excellent choice for Shang-Chi. The Chinese-Canadian actor got his breakout role as Zack the Black Ranger in 2017’s Power Rangers movie; he also plays Murk in James Wan’s Aquaman. Even though his role is small in DC’s first Aquaman movie, it’s not something that’s expected to turn into a bigger role down the line. The 31-year-old actor could instead join the MCU to bring the Master of Kung Fu to life. (After all, it wouldn’t be the first time that an actor or actress has appeared in both franchises.) Additional evidence that he’s the perfect fit for Shang-Chi is the fact that he’s studied Muay Thai, Jiu-Jitsu, and Olympic style wrestling, and still trains today. Lin isn’t a household name right now, but there’s the potential for him to truly embody everything that makes Shang-Chi unique – and for years to come should Marvel look his way.

Ki Hong Lee

Another Asian actor who could easily become Marvel’s next action star is Ki Hong Lee. Best known for his role as Minho in The Maze Runner movie trilogy, Lee’s role continued to become more prominent as the franchise continued. By the end of the action-heavy series, Lee’s ability in an action-heavy role is unquestioned. Beyond just the physical side of the role, Lee has also demonstrated his acting range in The Maze Runner trilogy and The Stanford Experiment, not to mention showing his comedic chops on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Considering the tone the MCU has established, Lee can bring a full personality to Shang-Chi.

Yoson An

Likely the least-known actor on this list for many people, Yoson An is not a stranger to Disney – and that’s a significant factor in him being a possible candidate for Shang-Chi in the MCU. The up-and-coming actor is appearing in Disney’s live-action Mulan movie. Yoson will play Mulan’s love-interest, but the war setting of the live-action remake could provide him with plenty of opportunities to show off his acting skills, including possible action capabilities. Disney likes to stay in business with people they enjoy working with, and even though audiences have yet to see Yoson in Mulan, he impressed the studio enough to cast him in a big role. If word from Mulan‘s set is positive, then Yoson could once again find himself as part of a major Disney release.

More: If MCU Characters Were Cast Like the DCEU

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2018-12-04 03:12:42

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 2 Casting The Dark Lord

The Dark Lord will rise in season 2 of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, with casting reportedly underway. The Netflix series, based on the Archie Comics title of the same name, released its first season just before Halloween. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who also wrote the source material and serves as showrunner on fellow Archie adaptation Riverdale, adapted the series. Netflix displayed huge confidence in the show, renewing it for a second season before season 1 even aired, and announcing a holiday special for December. Fortunately, critics and fans alike praised the show for its more macabre take on the teenage witch’s exploits.

Season 1 concluded in dramatic fashion, with the titular character finally succumbing to the machinations of those who would deliver her into The Dark Lord’s thrall. After spending the season waging war against The Dark Lord and his Path of Night, Sabrina signed her name in The Book of the Beast in order to save the town of Greendale. Seemingly embracing her witch heritage and full power, Sabrina left her mortal life and friends behind. Kiernan Shipka, who plays Sabrina, however, revealed that things might not be as they seemed. Whatever the case may be, filming is underway on season 2, with Alexis Denisof joining the cast.

Related: The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 1’s Ending Explained

Revealed exclusively via That Hashtag Show, the cast will soon grow even further to include a new incarnation of The Dark Lord. The production team is apparently looking for a man of any ethnicity. Although the casting call seeks actors between the ages of 20 and 40, they are ultimately looking for someone with an ageless quality befitting the infamous fallen angel. Listed as Lucifer Morningstar, he’s described as being “attractive, sophisticated and devilishly charming.”

The character is set to appear only as a guest star, but will reportedly have a significant storyline, as he continues to seduce and corrupt Sabrina in his efforts to make her his queen. McKenna Grace will also be joining the cast, as a younger version of Sabrina. As will Jedidiah Goodacre, who’s set to play a version of Oscar Wilde’s classic literary character Dorian Gray. The rest of the regular cast, including Ross Lynch, Michelle Gomez, and Miranda Otto are also set to return.

A more prominent appearance of The Dark Lord on the show was inevitable. He is, after all, the ultimate Big Bad ,and around whom all the lingering mysteries and conflicts orbit. The fact he’s appearing so soon, however, is surprising. Until now, the show seemed content on a slow-burn approach, with very few of the questions posed by season 1 coming even close to being answered. The character was seen in goat-headed form throughout the first season. For season 2, however, Sabrina’s nemesis will be assuming his human form. It’s a wise decision, allowing the show to inject some personality into the character. Then again, it could be an attempt to distance itself from the lawsuit regarding the imagery of Baphomet.

Though Shipka insists that Sabrina fights for good and maintains a plan to defeat The Dark Lord, a recent trailer implies she will immerse herself even further in the witchcraft and debauchery that permeates The Academy of Unseen Arts. That internal struggle will only intensify when she finally comes face to face with her nemesis. The story potential for the character also extends beyond Sabrina herself. The Dark Lord’s arrival would serve to twist even more knots into the romantic entanglements of many characters. Also, based on the source material, it could mean fans may finally get their wish for more backstory (and even a word or two) from Salem the cat.

More: What to Expect From Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 2

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will return to Netflix for a holiday special, “A Midwinter’s Tale”, on December 14th. Whilst Part 2 will drop in its entirety on April 5, 2019.

Source: That Hashtag Show

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2018-12-04 03:12:18

Spider-Verse Considered Casting Tobey Maguire As Older Spider-Man

The filmmakers behind Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse considered casting Tobey Maguire, star of the Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy, as an older Peter Parker. This news comes just after the film’s premiere this past weekend and after the first reviews of Into the Spider-Verse were published, with the movie currently holding a 100 percent Rotten Tomatoes score. The project has also been named the best animated film of 2018 by the New York Film Critics Circle. The film has been praised for its animation, drama and narrative.

Directed Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman from a script by Rothman and Phil Lord, Into the Spider-Verse serves as an origin story for Miles Morales, the Ultimate Spider-Man. Shameik Moore voices the web-swinging hero, and this universe introduces allies similar to Spider-Man in nature. In the past, Hollywood has retold the narrative of Peter Parker and this film breaks away from that. This is the first adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis’ Morales in the role of Spider-Man. Fans have anticipated a superhero movie featuring Morales since his debut back in 2011.

Related: Screen Rant’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Review

Those involved in the movie seemingly wanted to resurrect the original Spider-Man by having Tobey Maguire join the project. During an interview with ScreenCrush, the three directors revealed their discussions of having Maguire appear in the film as an older Peter Parker. This wouldn’t have been a physical role, but Maguire would have joined the other voice actors. The role of Peter Parker was taken up by Jake Johnson (Jurassic World) in the end. Rothman explained:

“There was. There were many thoughts about where we could put Tobey Maguire and others. I think after this film, those thoughts might have a little more traction. But before this movie, and introducing the idea of the Spider-Verse to the audience, I think everybody was afraid that it would just really confuse people. But wow, it would have been fun.”

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse tells the story of Brooklyn teen, Miles Morales who has switched to the Visions Academy. Miles struggles to fit in at his new school, and isn’t meshing too well with his loved ones either. During an outing with his uncle Aaron Davis, Miles is bitten by a radioactive spider. This of course leads to his demonstration of newly discovered powers as a result of the bite. The film has been praised as a spectacular origin story for the web swinging hero.

Knowing that Maguire was considered to return to his most well known role allows fans to ponder exactly what it may have been like had he gotten involved with the project. Maguire starred as Spider-Man for three films, now recognized as the Sam Raimi Trilogy, and was generally well received as Peter Parker. With a sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse already in the works, it’s still possible for a return to become a reality in the near future.

More: Every Spider-Man Movie In Development – MCU, Villain Universe & Animated

Source: ScreenCrush

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2018-12-04 02:12:58

Johnny Depp Feels Bad J.K. Rowling Had to Defend His Casting to Harry Potter Fans

Johnny Depp is finally addressing those who oppose his casting in the upcoming Harry Potter film, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, including how they have affected writer J.K. Rowling. Last year, following the release of the first cast photo for the film, the author expressed her support of the casting. Rowling, along with director David Yates, skated around the concerns, saying that she is “genuinely happy” to have him on board.

Controversy regarding Depp’s involvement in the beloved franchise came about around the time of the first film. Depp had been embroiled in a legal battle with his ex-wife, Amber Heard, over allegations of domestic violence. The Aquaman actress responded to a statement made by Warner Bros. (the studio behind both films), sharing the joint statement released by the pair following their divorce, but indicating that she is not necessarily in support of her ex.

Related: Johnny Depp Confirms Fantastic Beasts 3 Return As Grindelwald

Now, Depp is speaking out for the first time about his role, and a little about the various allegations against him. In an interview with EW, the actor remarks that he “felt bad” that Rowling was called to defend her choice to cast him. However, he maintains that he is innocent, remarking that he is suing The Sun for defamation. He insists that Rowling is aware of his innocence, which is why she supports him. “She would not stand up if she didn’t know the truth. So that’s really it,” he says.

The allegations he speaks of goes beyond those made by Heard. In July, Depp was sued for assault surrounding an incident that allegedly occurred on the set of his film City of Lies. The actor fought back, claiming that the accusations were false and he didn’t ever touch the defendant, location manager Gregg “Rocky” Brooks. In August, just a month before the film’s scheduled release, City of Lies was pulled, though it’s unknown if this was connected. But in the case of Fantastic Beasts, things continue on as they have.

The studio has clearly fully embraced Depp in the role. At San Diego Comic-Con 2018, he appeared separate from his fellow actors during the Warner Bros. panel, making a speech as Gellert Grindelwald. He is also featured prominently in the latest image for the Fantastic Beasts sequel, front and center with his back to the viewer as the rest of the characters, including Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander and Judd Law’s young Albus Dumbledore, face forward looking at him. Now that it’s been announced that he’ll be returning in the third film, it seems as though everyone has decided to lean in and ignore the problematic allegations against Depp, even as they persist.

More: Johnny Depp’s Casting In Fantastic Beasts 2 Is A Mistake

Source: EW

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2018-10-11 03:10:55 – Becca Bleznak