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Ben Affleck & Michael Keaton Confirmed For The Flash Movie

After word first broke in June that Michael Keaton was in talks to reprise his role as The Dark Knight in the forthcoming Flash film in the DC Extended Universe, Vanity Fair has now brought word that both Keaton and Ben Affleck are set to appear as Batman!

After initially retiring from the role due to his personal problems and the toll it was taking on him, Affleck seems to be on a more positive path and has agreed to return as Bruce Wayne for one more film in the upcoming Flash alongside Keaton in a “substantial” role, according to director Andy Muschietti. The former received the latest script for the long-developed project last week and subsequently agreed to join the film, while the latter appears to have finally closed his deal, and Muschietti says the reason they sought out Affleck to return was to establish the contrast between the alternate universes the titular speedster visits.

“His Batman has a dichotomy that is very strong, which is his masculinity—because of the way he looks, and the imposing figure that he has, and his jawline —but he’s also very vulnerable,” Muschietti said. “He knows how to deliver from the inside out, that vulnerability. He just needs a story that allows him to bring that contrast, that balance. [Affleck’s[ a very substantial part of the emotional impact of the movie. The interaction and relationship between Barry and Affleck’s Wayne will bring an emotional level that we haven’t seen before. It’s Barry’s movie, it’s Barry’s story, but their characters are more related than we think. They both lost their mothers to murder, and that’s one of the emotional vessels of the movie. That’s where the Affleck Batman kicks in.”

Alongside looking to capitalize on the fanbases for both iterations of the character, DC is looking to use the Batmen appearances as a launch point for introducing the concept of the multiverse to mainstream audiences so as to create a way for all of the different factions of the Warner Bros. and DC fandom to come together while still acknowledging their separation. The multiverse concept is one that has been used on the small screen for The CW’s Arrowverse, with Grant Gustin’s Flash coming face-to-face with Ezra Miller’s big screen iteration in the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover earlier this year.

With his troubled past in the role being well-known in the news, producer Barbara Muschietti revealed they were concerned Affleck would not be interested in returning to the role given his road to recovery since departing, but that now that he’s in a “very different time in his life” he was “very open to it” when he was approached for Flash.

“We are all human and go through great times in our lives and terrible times in our lives,” Muschietti said. “Right now he’s in a place where he can actually enjoy being Batman. It’s a pivotal role, but at the same time it’s a fun part. This movie is a bit of a hinge in the sense that it presents a story that implies a unified universe where all the cinematic iterations that we’ve seen before are valid. It’s inclusive in the sense that it is saying all that you’ve seen exists, and everything that you will see exists, in the same unified multiverse.”

In addition to The Flash, Affleck will once again be seen in the role in a slightly different fashion with the notorious Zack Snyder’s Justice League, an extended and tonally different cut of the team-up blockbuster that is set to premiere on HBO Max sometime next year.

Keaton first took on the cowl in Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman, which proved a critical and commercial hit and helped pave the way for the comic book genre’s future box office domination. and his performance has largely been considered one of the best iterations of the character, despite initial hesitation from fans. He would return to the role in 1992’s Batman Returns with Burton directing, and after the financial success and continued positive reviews, the studio began development on a third installment, though quit after Burton was pushed out and replaced with Joel Schumacher, who would go on to direct Val Kilmer in Batman Forever and George Clooney in Batman & Robin.

Warner Bros. first revealed that their Flash film would be inspired by Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert’s Flashpoint comic as early as 2017, with the studio even going so far as to change the movie’s title to Flashpoint for a while before reverting it back to simply The Flash.

The Flash is scheduled to arrive in theaters on July 1, 2022.

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Ben Affleck & Matt Damon Win Rights To McDonald’s Monopoly Game Theft Story

Ben Affleck (The Town), Matt Damon (The Martian), and Fox have won the rights to an article written by Jeff Maysh titled “How An Ex-Cop Rigged McDonald’s Monopoly Game And Stole Millions” after an intense auction. Affleck is set to direct the feature based on the true crime story that was published in The Daily Beast, with Damon set to star.

The true story centers on an ex-cop, Jerome Jacobson, in Rhode Island who rigged the McDonald’s Monopoly Game and allegedly stole over $24 million. Jacobson apparently shared the stolen money with a group of co-conspirators who offered bribes to the ex-cop. Maysh’s article details how Jacobson fell under the FBI’s gaze after years of he and his network illegally rigging the game to steal millions. Using undercover agents, the FBI sent in a camera crew to Jacobson’s home to listen to his fraudulent story of how he supposedly legitimately won the game, recording every lie.

Jacobson, who acted as head of security for a Los Angeles company that was responsible for generating the game pieces, worked with an interesting group of co-conspirators that consisted of mobsters, a psychic, strip-club owners, drug traffickers, and even a Mormon family who helped steal $24 million in cash and prizes.

The film based on the McDonald’s Monopoly Game theft will be written by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese (Deadpool) and produced by The Pearl Street partners. David Klawans (Argo) is set to executive produce the feature. Matt Reilly will oversee the project for Fox while Madison Ainley steers it for Pearl Street.

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Ben Affleck Is Directing The Batman

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At The Warner Bros panel at CinemaCon CEO Kevin Tsujihara shared that Ben Affleck is directing The Batman, the upcoming Batman solo film.

Tsujihara offered few details about the movie, mentioning it only as he ticked off the 10 DC Comics movies Warner plans to release over the next five years. He also touted the massive $166.1 million opening weekend for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice , the first movie to feature Affleck as the Caped Crusader.

“It set up a great foundation for our DC slate, which includes at least 10 movies through 2020,” Tsujihara said of the film. “I’m also excited to know that we will be working with Ben Affleck on a stand-alone Batman movie.”

It’s likely that The Batman is one of the unnamed DC films scheduled for 2018.

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New Photo of Ben Affleck As Batman From Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice Debuts

Warner Bros. has debuted an official new photo of Ben Affleck as Batman from the highly-anticipated Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice!

Coming to theaters on May 6, 2016, the Zack Snyder-directed action adventure stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Diane Lane, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter and Scoot McNairy.

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Zack Snyder Reveals Batman & The Batmobile From Batman vs. Superman

Following yesterday’s teaser image, director Zack Snyder has given us not only a look at the Batmobile, but a first look at Batman (Ben Affleck) in the upcoming Batman vs. Superman movie.

Snyder’s tweet said: “I shot this with my @Leica_Camera M Monochrom. #Batman #Batmobile #Gotham”

Opening in theaters on May 6, 2016, the anticipated film also stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey, Tao Okamoto and Ray Fisher.

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MONDO To Release Ben Affleck Print Series On December 9, 2013 Featuring Argo, Gone Baby Gone & The Town

MONDO unveils a new poster series centered around a trio of films from Ben Affleck. Collaborating with a variety of artists, Mondo has produced three moody pieces of artwork to capture Affleck’s impressive directorial accomplishments for Argo, Gone Baby Gone and The Town.

“I’ve always loved MONDO and their passion for film, as well as their talented stable of artists. I was initially drawn by their ability to offer a unique perspective on so many beloved films and am thrilled to see my films become the newest additions to their work,” said Affleck.

Please follow MONDO on Twitter for the on sale announcement. These posters will be available online at a random time on Monday, December 9th.

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Gone Baby Gone poster by Adam Simpson. 24″x36″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 235. $45

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Argo poster by Matthew Woodson. 24″x36″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 290. $45

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The Town Regular poster by Daniel Danger. 24″x36″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 390. $45

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The Town Variant poster by Daniel Danger. 24″x36″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 160. $70

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Batfleck 2015 T-Shirt

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The announcement last month that Ben Affleck will play Batman in Batman vs Superman, Zack Snyder’s sequel to this summer’s Man of Steel, has created some controversy.

I for one was pleased with the casting decision. If you are like me and want to support Ben putting on the cape and cowl, let the world know by proudly wearing this Batfleck 2015 T-Shirt.

Esty user ParacosmPrints created the shirt which is screen printed by hand and made to order. Head over to the Etsy page and grab your own shirt now for $15.

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Ben Affleck’s Batman Will Be Tired, Weary & Seasoned In The 2015 Superman/Batman Film

Today, Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara said, via Variety, that Ben Affleck is the “perfect” choice to portray the Caped Crusader in the still-untitled Superman/Batman follow-up to Man of Steel.  Tsujihara revealed that the Dark Knight will have been around for some time when the film begins.

“He will be tired, weary and seasoned and been doing it for awhile,” said Tsujihara of Wayne and his cowled alter ego. “…We think it’s going to be huge.”

Henry Cavill will reprise his role as Superman alongside co-stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.

The new film is being scripted by David S. Goyer from a story he co-created with Zack Snyder. The blockbuster is scheduled to hit theaters on July 17, 2015.

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Ben Affleck Revealed As Batman In Warner Bros. Pictures New Super Hero Feature Film, Now Slated To Open July 17, 2015

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Ending weeks of speculation, Ben Affleck has been set to star as Batman, a.k.a. Bruce Wayne. Affleck and filmmaker Zack Snyder will create an entirely new incarnation of the character in Snyder’s as-yet-untitled project—bringing Batman and Superman together for the first time on the big screen and continuing the director’s vision of their universe, which he established in “Man of Steel.”  The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

The studio has slated the film to open worldwide on July 17, 2015.

Last month’s surprise announcement of the new movie featuring both Superman and Batman created a wave of excitement and immediately fueled discussion and debate—among fans as well as in the media—about who would put on the cape and cowl of Bruce Wayne’s alter ego.

Snyder successfully re-imagined the origin of Clark Kent/Superman in the worldwide blockbuster “Man of Steel,” which has earned more than $650 million worldwide to date, and climbing. The director will now create an original vision of Batman and his world for the film that brings the two DC Comics icons together.

Affleck will star opposite Henry Cavill, who will reprise the role of Superman/Clark Kent. The film will also reunite “Man of Steel” stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.

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In the announcement, Silverman stated, “We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics’ most enduringly popular Super Heroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some.  His outstanding career is a testament to his talent and we know he and Zack will bring new dimension to the duality of this character.”

Snyder also expressed his excitement about the casting of Affleck, noting, “Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman. He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne.  I can’t wait to work with him.”

Kroll added, “We are so thrilled that Ben is continuing Warner Bros.’ remarkable legacy with the character of Batman. He is a tremendously gifted actor who will make this role his own in this already much-anticipated pairing of these two beloved heroes.”

Affleck recently starred in the Academy Award-winning Best Picture “Argo,” which he also directed and produced, earning acclaim and a BAFTA Award nomination for his performance in the film, as well as a number of directing honors.  In 2010, he starred in and directed the hit crime thriller “The Town.”  His recent acting work also includes “The Company Men,” “State of Play,” and “Hollywoodland,” for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor.  Earlier in his career, Affleck starred in and co-wrote (with Matt Damon) “Good Will Hunting,” for which he won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

The new Super Hero film is being scripted by David S. Goyer from a story he co-created with Zack Snyder. Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan and Wesley Coller serving as executive producers.

Production is expected to begin in 2014.

The film is based on Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster, and Batman characters created by Bob Kane, published by DC Entertainment.

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