The first trailer for Showtime’s upcoming police drama City On A Hill was just released. Based on an original idea from executive producer Ben Affleck and creator Chuck MacLean, the new series is set in early 1990s Boston, where corruption and racism was the norm in local law enforcement. The show features Kevin Bacon, who has appeared in Boston-set projects before in films like Mystic River, Black Mass, and Patriots Day, and now returns to Beantown for this gritty new crime drama.
“I don’t think you’ve ever known a woman like me.”
We’re not only weeks away from the arrival of the newest chapter in DC’s film universe, and perhaps the most ambitious movie they’ve ever done. Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice will mark the first time we have seen the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel together in a major feature release, but that’s not the half of it. Through in Wonder Woman and this film takes shape a whole other shape. Suddenly, this isn’t about Bats and the Big Blue Boy Scout, but about the whole DC universe. Flash, Cyborg, and Aquaman haven’t been shown in footage yet, but they are all said to make appearances here too.
Eagle-eyed viewers in the theater way back in early 2013 might have been quick to notice a specific little easter egg in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, but nobody really expected that to develop further than an interesting cameo. Which easter egg? I can only be talking about the Wayne Enterprises satellite that is destroyed during Superman and Zod’s climactic Metropolis-smashing battle, which is referencing another member of DC’s Trinity of heroes.
David Fincher can do anything he wants in my opinion. If he wants to do Star Wars, let him do Star Wars. If he wants to tackle a full season of HBO television like True Detective, by all means do it. Fincher has this beautiful, yet blunt ability to dig deeper into a story and draw out every wonderful or excruciating detail and throw a spotlight on it. Okay, maybe more excruciating than anything, but his ability to present several angles fleshes out all this stories and makes them memorable at the very least. Gone Girl is no exception. This movie resonated with me for hours after I left the theater. This dark portrait on a marriage, first impressions and snap judgements in a media dominated society enthralled me for the two hours plus in the theater. While it may not ever hit that final gear in gripping the audience, you will walk out of the theater eager to discuss with your fellow moviegoers.
Unless you have been living under a rock, you will be aware that Phantoms star Ben Affleck has been cast as Batman in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel follow-up, currently titled Batman Vs. Superman. The internet has been up in arms about the casting, and so far the man himself has remained relatively tight-lipped. However, Ben Affleck appeared last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to promote his upcoming movie Runner Runner, co-starring Justin Timberlake, and the subject of Affleck playing Batman inevitably came up:
Affleck talks about how he was warned about the internet backlash following previous casting choices. “They said, ‘Just don’t use the Internet for a couple of days,'” the actor told Fallon. “And I said … ‘I handle shit!'” Ben fAffleck’s curiosity couldn’t prevent him from having a little peek when the news was made official. “I saw the announcement, I look down the thing. The first comment? … ‘Nooooooooooooo. And I was done! We’re going to be Luddites for a while.'”
Affleck still seems very pleased with his casting and told Fallon:
[quote]It’s so awesome, man. I’m so excited. They called me up and asked me if I wanted to do this. And I said, ‘I’m not 25, man, are you sure about this?’ And they said, ‘Come down, we wanna show you what we’re doing.’ Zack Snyder’s directing it and he has this amazing take on it. Obviously you can’t do what Christian [Bale] did, those movies were amazing. But Zack wants to something different but still in keeping with that.[/quote]
There is mixed feeling over here at Grizzly Bomb over Affleck’s casting, I for one am on team Affleck. He is a solid actor and in recent years has proved his salt both in front of and behind the camera. At least the rumor that pop star Justin Bieber being in the running to play Robin in the movie has now been quashed. The Wrap reported on Sunday that the whole thing was potentially set up for an upcoming Funny or Die sketch.
Affleck will next be seen on the big screen alongside of Justin Timberlake in gambling thriller Runner Runner on September 27. Batman Vs. Superman is aiming for a July 15, 2015 release.
Fan art is fast becoming one of the quickest ways for lovers of all things fandom to express their nerdy tastes. Heck you can’t jump onto the internet without something popping up, whether it be gifs, mash-up t-shirt designs, or just interpretation of old characters in a new light. With the hot news on the net of Affleck’s casting as Batman, it seems appropriate to look at a new re-imagining of the Caped Crusaders foes (thanks to Buzz Feed).
This 1920’s inspired series of mug shots comes from the mind of J.E. Mark (whose website can be found here) and they perfectly sum up the prohibition era. Check out his versions of Mr Freeze, The Joker, Two-Face and company below to see what I mean.
It is always fun to see a new take on an old characters and Mark has given us some incredibly life-like pieces of art here. The detail is incredible and the harder edge to the characters makes this a world this reviewer would love to visit again. Batman has had adventures in this era many times before in the comic books (mostly through the Elsewhere series of books), but still Mark’s work shows a freshness to it that makes these images a joy to behold. I especially love the Riddler who reminded me of an older version of the Adam West Batman foe The Riddler (played by Frank Gorshin) and the bloodied faces of both The Penguin and The Joker. Here is hoping he gives us some more takes on popular comic creations very soon.
[Editor’s Note – My favorite is actually Ivy, who just seems to fit with that flapper look… – BK]
From the moment the Man of Steel sequel was announced as Batman vs. Superman, speculation began as to who would be next to don the legendary cowl. It seemed like every actor of a certain age was rumored to be Warner Bros.’ next “favorite.” Then it was rumored that Zack Snyder wanted Batman to be older, so a whole new batch of actors were rumored.
While we here at Grizzly Bomb put Ryan Gosling on our Justice League casting couch, it appears as if Snyder had his eye on another man… Ben Affleck!
While seemingly every other actor in Hollywood was named in the Batman casting rumors, Affleck’s name was not one that was at the forefront by any means. However, the speculation has finally ended and we now know that Affleck with be going head to head with Henry Cavill’s Superman in the Man of Steel sequel.
No doubt there will be plenty of pissing and moaning over this choice, because frankly, we’ve seen Affleck as a superhero before and it wasn’t pleasant. Daredevil anyone? Nothing good came from that film, except maybe some hot Jennifer Garner/Ben Affleck chemistry but even that couldn’t save the sinking ship.
We can take solace in the fact that even Affleck himself didn’t like Daredevil. Plus, Hollywoodland wasn’t awful. Wasn’t great by any means but Affleck as the actor (George Reeves, of course) who played Superman wasn’t near as bad as the Daredevil fiasco.
So how do you like Ben Affleck as Batman? Can he be a convincing Caped Crusader? Do you buy him as the billionaire Bruce Wayne? Thankfully we have plenty of time to speculate on how great or awful the move is as Batman vs. Superman is not due in theaters until Summer of 2015.