Michael Keaton in talks to reprise Batman role

Michael Keaton is reportedly in talks to reprise the role of Batman for The Flash movie.The 68-year-old made his debut as the Caped Crusader back in 1989’s Batman and its sequel, Batman Returns, in 1992, which were both helmed by Tim Burton and became …

Michael Keaton is reportedly in talks to reprise the role of Batman for The Flash movie.

The 68-year-old made his debut as the Caped Crusader back in 1989’s Batman and its sequel, Batman Returns, in 1992, which were both helmed by Tim Burton and became cult classics.

He was set to return for Batman Forever in 1995, but left during development of the film, helmed by the late Joel Schumacher, with Val Kilmer eventually taking over the role of Bruce Wayne and his crime-fighting alter-ego.

Now, bosses at Warner Bros. reportedly want Keaton back in the Batsuit after almost 30 years for the standalone superhero film, starring Ezra Miller as the titular speedster, according to editors at The Wrap.

The highly-anticipated project has been hit by delays since it was announced by Warner Bros. executives back in 2014, but last year, it was finally given a scheduled release date of June 2022. It filmmaker Andy Muschietti will direct, with a script penned by Birds of Prey writer Christina Hodson.

The storyline will reportedly introduce the idea of a multiverse, in which multiple versions of the same characters exist in alternate universes, as explained in the original DC Comics, and in a similar vein to Marvel’s hit animated movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse in 2018.

Therefore, the multiverse plot won’t affect director Matt Reeves’ The Batman, which stars Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader, Zoe Kravitz as Selina Kyle and her feline alter-ego Catwoman, and Paul Dano as The Riddler.

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Ezra Miller confirms The Flash standalone movie

Ezra Miller has confirmed The Flash standalone movie is still happening.The 26-year-old made his debut as Barry Allen and his super-quick alter-ego with cameo appearances in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad in 2016, before having a …

Ezra Miller has confirmed The Flash standalone movie is still happening.

The 26-year-old made his debut as Barry Allen and his super-quick alter-ego with cameo appearances in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad in 2016, before having a much bigger role in Zack Snyder’s ensemble superhero movie, Justice League, in 2017.

In a recent interview with W Korea, Miller was asked what’s next for his career, and replied that The Flash, Fantastic Beasts 3 and a number of musical projects were “absolutely confirmed.”

A spin-off for The Flash has been in the works at Warner Bros. for several years, but has been repeatedly hit by delays and creative differences.

Seth Grahame-Smith wrote the first script, with Rick Famuyiwa attached to direct, however, they both left after issues with studio bosses.

Directing duo John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein were the next filmmakers hired by Warner Bros. to helm the movie, but quit amid a clash with leading man Miller, who wanted a darker approach to The Flash tale.

It: Chapter Two filmmaker Andy Muschietti is the latest director to take on the DC Comics standalone movie, while Miller’s script with author Grant Morrison has been scrapped in favour of a screenplay from Christina Hodson, who penned DC’s upcoming Harley Quinn film, Birds of Prey, starring Margot Robbie.

It was announced earlier this year that the third Fantastic Beasts movie, starring Miller, Eddie Redmayne and Jude Law, would be delayed until at least 2021 to give Warner Bros. more time to prepare for production, according to Deadline.

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James McAvoy upset his big action scene in It sequel was cut back

James McAvoy fears his It: Chapter 2 injuries were all for nothing, because his rock-falling scene was cut back to a “blink-and-you’ll-miss-it” moment in the film’s trailer. The Glass star spent six months recovering from tendonitis after shooting the…

James McAvoy fears his It: Chapter 2 injuries were all for nothing, because his rock-falling scene was cut back to a “blink-and-you’ll-miss-it” moment in the film’s trailer.

The Glass star spent six months recovering from tendonitis after shooting the scene over 20 times, and now it seems he needn’t have risked his health for director Andy Muschietti.

“We did this whole scene, rocks falling on our heads… It was brilliant,” McAvoy said during an appearance alongside his castmates on TV show Conan. “We did it, like, 29 times and I pulled my quads (quadriceps) and got tendonitis in my knee.

“I watched the trailer and it’s like ‘blink and you f**king miss it!’ It could have been my wonderful stuntman, because you don’t know it’s me.”

Castmate Bill Hader also spent time in the hospital following an on-set injury, but his was a little more embarrassing.

“I was asked to run and I ran for, like, 10 feet and pulled my groin,” he explained.

And it wasn’t just the male stars of It: Chapter 2 who were getting involved in the action on set – Jessica Chastain was doused with 4,500 gallons of red goo, in what will apparently be one of the bloodiest scenes in movie history.

“That’s what I was told on set,” she said. “It wasn’t real blood, obviously. It’s 4,500 gallons of fake blood. I was immersed in it. It’s like KY Jelly with red dye.”

Chastain revealed that when the director first talked to her about the bloody scene, she had to convince him to pour it on thick.

“He said, ‘It’s only going to go up to your chest’, and I said, ‘This is our opportunity to really make something crazy – let’s do (horror movie) Carrie on steroids!’ so I fully went in the blood (sic), which I regretted a lot afterwards. I was pulling stuff out of my eyeballs the next day.”

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Andy Muschietti in talks to direct The Flash movie

It filmmaker Andy Muschietti is in talks to direct the long-gestating movie adaptation of The Flash. Spider-Man: Homecoming scribes John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein had initially signed on as co-writers and moviemakers for the DC Comics proje…

It filmmaker Andy Muschietti is in talks to direct the long-gestating movie adaptation of The Flash.

Spider-Man: Homecoming scribes John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein had initially signed on as co-writers and moviemakers for the DC Comics project in January 2018, but creative differences between the pair and leading man Ezra Miller are said to have delayed their progress, and they subsequently decided to walk away.

Now, Muschietti has emerged as Warner Bros. officials’ top choice to take charge of the film, which has been in development since 2014, according to editors at The Hollywood Reporter.

If he signs on, his sister and business partner Barbara Muschietti will join as a producer.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter writer Seth Grahame-Smith was once attached to directed the project but exited in 2016 only to be replaced by Dope scribe Rick Famuyiwa, who ultimately left the action film as well.

Meanwhile, studio bosses have chosen not to move forward with the script turned in by Miller and legendary comic book writer Grant Morrison following the actor’s disagreements with Daley and Goldstein’s light-hearted take on the speedy superhero.

Despite the news, Miller, who is said to have preferred a “darker” approach to the storyline, currently remains attached to reprise his role as the titular character, which he debuted in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Bumblebee’s Christina Hodson is now being eyed to revamp the script, with production expected to begin early next year.

In addition to the It films, Muschietti directed 2013’s Mama, featuring Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. He reunited with Chastain on It: Chapter Two, which is due to hit cinemas in September.

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Bill Hader couldn’t stop smiling on It sequel

Comedian Bill Hader ruined take after take on the set of upcoming horror sequel It after struggling to keep a straight face. The Barry star is among the new castmembers of the follow-up to the 2017 remake, which focused on a group of youngsters terror…

Comedian Bill Hader ruined take after take on the set of upcoming horror sequel It after struggling to keep a straight face.

The Barry star is among the new castmembers of the follow-up to the 2017 remake, which focused on a group of youngsters terrorised by an evil clown called Pennywise, portrayed by Bill Skarsgard.

It: Chapter Two follows the now grown-up kids as they return to their Maine hometown 27 years later and have to face Pennywise once again, but Hader had trouble getting his fear across onscreen, because his natural instinct is to smile whenever he is scared.

As a result, director Andy Muschietti had to repeatedly remind the actor to watch his facial expressions.

“I’m bad at being scared because when I get scared, I smile,” Hader confessed on America’s Live with Kelly and Ryan, “and so the director, Andy Muschietti, is one of the nicest guys in the world, he’s constantly going, ‘Alright guys, Pennywise is coming – here we go! Hey Bill, man, why you smiling? C’mon, Bill, relax!’

“But I can’t because I’m like (smiling and saying), ‘Oh no! Oh my God, it’s a clown!'”

Hader joins James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain in It: Chapter Two, which is set for release in September (19).

The scary movie is unlikely to ever be seen by his three young daughters, because they already have no interest in watching any of their father’s screen work.

“They want me to just be dad,” Hader shrugged. “I remember one time, I had a small part in Finding Dory, and I took my daughters to go see Finding Dory and my voice came up as one of the fish and my middle daughter (six-year-old Harper) just stood up and just walked out of the theatre!

“I came out (and) she was like, ‘You didn’t tell me you were in this. Are you in any other spots?’ I was like, ‘No,’ and she’s like, ‘Alright.'”

Despite the rejection from his little girls, Hader fully understands how they feel: “I wouldn’t want to see my dad in something,” he said. “Like, if I was watching Star Wars and my dad showed up in the Millennium Falcon (starship), that would be the worst moment of my life!”

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Jessica Chastain in talks for It sequel

Jessica Chastain is poised to reunite with director Andy Muschietti to star in the It sequel. Reports suggest the Molly’s Game actress is in early negotiations to join the project, five months after Muschietti’s filmmaking partner, sister Barbara, adm…

Jessica Chastain is poised to reunite with director Andy Muschietti to star in the It sequel.

Reports suggest the Molly’s Game actress is in early negotiations to join the project, five months after Muschietti’s filmmaking partner, sister Barbara, admitted they would “love” to have Chastain jump onboard.

In an interview with Deadline.com in September (17), producer Barbara Muschietti admitted it would be great casting to have the Oscar nominee portray an older version of lead character Beverly Marsh, because her features are strikingly similar to those of Sophia Lillis, the 16-year-old who tackled the role in the 2017 horror remake.

“I think one of the first things that we noticed when we saw Sophia come into the room was, ‘My gosh, you look like (Chastain),'” Barbara noted at the time. “It’s a strange kind of connection but we will see.”

The Muschietti siblings previously worked with Chastain on another scary project, 2013’s Mama, and the beauty offered up her sequel services in November (17).

“Of course, I want to work on it… they’re my friends,” she told ScreenRant in November (17). “They’re like my family. Anything that they’re doing I want to be a part of, so I hope we can make it happen.”

The hit adaptation of Stephen King’s 1986 novel revolved around a group of small-town youths battling a creepy clown named Pennywise, played by Bill Skarsgard, in the 1950s.

The follow-up moves on 30 years into the future and revisits the kids as adults, who must return to their native Maine to tackle their worst nightmares once again.

Andy will return to direct It: Chapter Two from a script by Gary Dauberman, who also worked on last year’s movie.

It’s set for release in September, 2019.

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