Ben Affleck outweighed his stunt double with Batman bulk

Ben Affleck bulked up so much for his turn as Batman he ended up being bigger than his stunt double.Hollywood stuntman Richard Cetrone, who has worked on multiple Marvel and DC Comics flicks, as well as Mr. & Mrs. Smith, 300, and Angels & Demons, among…

Ben Affleck bulked up so much for his turn as Batman he ended up being bigger than his stunt double.

Hollywood stuntman Richard Cetrone, who has worked on multiple Marvel and DC Comics flicks, as well as Mr. & Mrs. Smith, 300, and Angels & Demons, among many others, worked as Ben’s double for 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

It was Ben’s first outing as the Caped Crusader, and he took his training incredibly seriously.

“To be completely honest with you guys, I’m not a good double for Ben,” Richard laughed during appearance on the Batman v Superman: By The Minute podcast. “He’s a much bigger man than I am. We’re the same height exactly, so there we’re good. But I’m guessing he’s about 235ish, and I’m 200-205, right around there. So he’s a lot bigger guy, but in the suit, it doesn’t matter as much.”

Richard added that he offered to get as ripped as Ben, but was told to stick to his normal weight so he could “move well” in the famous Batsuit.

Ben and Richard both returned for the follow-up flick, 2017’s Justice League. They also worked together on The Accountant, Suicide Squad, and Triple Frontier.

Ben gave up the superhero role following Justice League and Batman will next be played by Robert Pattinson.

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Henry Cavill hopes he will play Superman ‘for years to come’

Henry Cavill hopes to be playing Superman “for years to come”.The 37-year-old actor made his debut as the superhero in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel back in 2013, and has returned to play the beloved comic book character for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Jus…

Henry Cavill hopes to be playing Superman “for years to come”.

The 37-year-old actor made his debut as the superhero in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel back in 2013, and has returned to play the beloved comic book character for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016, and again for the blockbuster Justice League one year later.

Late last year, Cavill dismissed rumours that he was hanging up the iconic red cape, and in a new interview with Patrick Stewart for Variety‘s Actors on Actors issue, he confessed he hopes to play Superman for many years to come.

“I’ve always been a fan of Superman. With a character like that, you carry the mantle with you off set. And it becomes part of your public representation,” he explained, noting that there are expectations and responsibilities that come with playing the role.

“When you meet children, children don’t necessarily see me as Henry Cavill, but they might see Superman, and there’s a responsibility which comes with that,” Cavill shared. “Because it’s such a wonderful character, it’s actually a responsibility I’m happy to have, and I hope that I get to play more of Superman in years to come.”

He later went on to reveal that his life has changed “dramatically” because of Superman, and touchingly admitted that he is inspired to become a better person because of the fictional superhero.

“He’s so good, he’s so kind, and when you start to compare yourself to him, because you’re playing him, you start to really look inwards,” Cavill said. “You say, ‘Am I a good person? Can I be a good enough person to play Superman?’ And if you ever hear a whisper in there which is like, ‘Hmm, hold on a second. Maybe not,” then you adjust it, and you make sure you are a better person. I think that’s all we can do in life.”

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David Ayer claims Suicide Squad was ‘beaten into a comedy’ by movie bosses

David Ayer claims his cut of Suicide Squad was “beaten into a comedy” by bosses at Warner Bros.The 52-year-old helmed the DC Comics adaptation, starring Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Will Smith and Viola Davis, which was mauled by critics upon its release…

David Ayer claims his cut of Suicide Squad was “beaten into a comedy” by bosses at Warner Bros.

The 52-year-old helmed the DC Comics adaptation, starring Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Will Smith and Viola Davis, which was mauled by critics upon its release back in August 2016.

It was announced earlier this month that the Zack Snyder cut of Justice League would be released on streaming service HBO Max next year, and the news prompted Ayer to call for his version of Suicide Squad to be released by Warner Bros.

He explained to fans that he had created a “soulful drama” that was ripped apart by movie bosses who decided at the last minute that the film should be a comedy, following the success of Deadpool in February that year.

“This trailer nailed the tone and intention of the film I made. Methodical. Layered. Complex, beautiful and sad,” Ayer wrote, alongside a clip of the original trailer that was released at Comic-Con in 2016.

He went on to state that Warner Bros. officials were “shell shocked” by the poor performance of Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in March 2016, five months before Suicide Squad’s release, so decided that his movie needed to have a comedic injection.

“After the BVS reviews shell shocked the leadership at the time, and the success of Deadpool – My soulful drama was beaten into a ‘comedy’,” he added.

Ayer later revealed to his followers that he took inspiration from Christopher Nolan, who helmed the Batman trilogy, but scenes featuring the Joker, played by Leto, and his on-off girlfriend Harley Quinn, portrayed by Robbie, were reshot because they were deemed “too dark”.

“There were real scenes with incredible acting between Jared and Margot. Joker was terrifying. Harley was complex,” Ayer explained. “Jared was pretty mistreated during this. No one has seen his performance. It was ripped out of the movie.”

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Henry Cavill in talks to return as Superman – report

Henry Cavill is reportedly in talks to reprise his role as Superman for an upcoming movie.The 37-year-old made his debut as Clark Kent and his alter ago from the planet Krypton in 2013’s critically-acclaimed Man of Steel, which focused on the origins o…

Henry Cavill is reportedly in talks to reprise his role as Superman for an upcoming movie.

The 37-year-old made his debut as Clark Kent and his alter ago from the planet Krypton in 2013’s critically-acclaimed Man of Steel, which focused on the origins of the iconic superhero.

He reprised his role for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016, and again for the ensemble blockbuster Justice League in 2017, and sources have confirmed to Variety that Cavill is in talks to don the red cape once again for an upcoming DC Comics movie.

According to insiders, Cavill won’t be shooting new footage for Zack Snyder’s cut of Justice League, which is coming to HBO Max in 2021, but making a cameo appearance in one of the upcoming DC films, such as Aquaman 2, The Batman, and The Suicide Squad, although the latter has already completed principal photography.

Back in December, Cavill insisted he hadn’t given up the role of Superman, as rumours swirled that he was being replaced.

“The cape is still in the closet,” he told Men’s Health magazine. “It’s still mine. I’m not going to sit quietly in the dark as all the stuff is going on. I’ve not given up the role. There’s a lot I have to give for Superman yet. A lot of storytelling to do. A lot of real, true depths to the honesty of the character I want to get into.

“I want to reflect the comic books. That’s important to me. There’s a lot of justice to be done for Superman. The status is: You’ll see.”

A representative for the actor and Warner Bros. have yet to comment on the report.

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Amy Adams: ‘I don’t think I’ll be playing Lois Lane again’

Amy Adams believes it’s unlikely she will ever play Lois Lane again.The 45-year-old actress made her debut as the DC Comics character in 2013’s Man of Steel, portraying the Daily Planet journalist who teams up with Superman, played by Henry Cavill, as …

Amy Adams believes it’s unlikely she will ever play Lois Lane again.

The 45-year-old actress made her debut as the DC Comics character in 2013’s Man of Steel, portraying the Daily Planet journalist who teams up with Superman, played by Henry Cavill, as a powerful alien race try to invade Earth.

She reprised her role for the critically-panned Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016, and again for 2017’s ensemble comic-book adaptation Justice League, alongside Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Ben Affleck as Batman, and Jason Momoa as Aquaman.

However, Adams told Empire magazine that she feared her days playing Lois Lane are over, as she thinks movie bosses are going in a “different direction” with the superhero.

“I would totally be open to playing Lois but I think (the studio is) moving in a different direction, from what I understand,” she shared.

And while the six-time Oscar nominee thinks her time playing the fictional journalist has passed, she’s honoured to have shared the big screen with Israeli star Gadot in Justice League.

“Gal Gadot is one of my favourite women,” Adams gushed. “She is a Wonder Woman. Sorry, I’m a bit of a dork.”

Last year, Cavill made it clear he’s not ready to give up Superman’s cape just yet.

“There’s a lot I have to give to Superman yet. A lot of storytelling to do. A lot of real, true depths to the honesty of the character I want to get into. I want to reflect the comic books. That’s important to me. There’s a lot of justice to be done for Superman,” he explained to Men’s Health magazine.

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Christian Bale approves of Robert Pattinson as Batman

Former Batman actor Christian Bale approves of Robert Pattinson taking on the role of the Caped Crusader in Matt Reeves’s upcoming movie.The 45-year-old played the superhero in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins in 2005, before reprising his role in the…

Former Batman actor Christian Bale approves of Robert Pattinson taking on the role of the Caped Crusader in Matt Reeves’s upcoming movie.

The 45-year-old played the superhero in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins in 2005, before reprising his role in the sequels – 2008’s The Dark Knight and 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises.

Ben Affleck later took on the part for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, but in May, it was confirmed Pattinson would play the character in The Batman, and Bale has now offered his seal of approval.

“Good choice! He’s interesting,” the Oscar winner told Variety at the Toronto Film Festival on Sunday, where he is promoting biographical action movie Ford v Ferrari.

Of his best advice for Pattinson, he stated: “Oh, same as Ben (Affleck), just be able to pee by yourself… You don’t feel like a superhero when you aren’t able to p**s by yourself.”

Additionally, Bale expanded on his thoughts during a discussion with an Entertainment Tonight reporter at the same event.

“All the best to him! You know, I think he’s an absolutely fantastic actor,” he praised. “Wonderful choice for Batman!”

Producers have not yet announced other casting details for The Batman, though the film is slated to hit cinemas in June 2021.

While plot details remain under wraps, Pattinson did divulge during a recent interview with Variety that he had tried on the Batsuit.

“I put it on. I remember saying to Matt (Reeves), ‘It does feel quite transformative!’ He was like, ‘I would hope it does! You’re literally in the Batsuit,'” the 33-year-old recalled. “You do feel very powerful immediately.”

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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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Zachary Levi hopes Shazam will get to join the Justice League

Zachary Levi doesn’t want to be “greedy” but hopes Shazam will get a crack at joining the Justice League.The Chuck actor was unveiled as the newest member of the DC Comics universe in October 2017 when studio bosses announced that he would take on the …

Zachary Levi doesn’t want to be “greedy” but hopes Shazam will get a crack at joining the Justice League.

The Chuck actor was unveiled as the newest member of the DC Comics universe in October 2017 when studio bosses announced that he would take on the adult role in the movie Shazam!

Directed by David F. Sandberg, the plot centres on a troubled 14-year-old orphan named Billy Batson (Asher Angel), who can transform into the superhero, as played by Levi, simply by uttering the word “Shazam!”

Now, in a video interview for Digital Spy, Levi expressed how much he would like to see his character make a crossover into one of DC’s Justice League movies.

“I don’t want to get too greedy,” the 38-year-old, who is garnering plenty of positive buzz for his DC debut, commented. “First and foremost, I would love that we get to keep building this world, the Shazam! side of the DC universe.

“If beyond that, my bosses say, ‘Hey, what about going and popping into that person’s movie or they pop into your movie?’ or, God willing, they make another Justice League and Shazam gets to be in the Justice League, I want all of that.”

Other DC movies include box office smashes like 2017’s Justice League flick, as well as features like Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Suicide Squad, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

The newcomer also admitted he got some tips on navigating the superhero world, but not from his compatriots at DC.

“I’ve had some buddies who have also done this in the Marvel world as well,” he shared. “Through my observation of what they’ve all done, I’ve tried to assimilate, as best I can, the things that it looks like have worked for them, but I was just kind of trying to do my own thing.

“It is very different too. It’d be very difficult to be getting tips from Batman because it’s a much darker, different kind of thing.”

Also starring Mark Strong, Djimon Hounsou, and Grace Fulton, Shazam! begins to hit cinemas from 3 April (19).

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Ben Affleck officially bows out of The Batman film

Ben Affleck has officially stepped out of starring in Matt Reeves’ upcoming The Batman film.The actor/director was originally lined-up to reprise his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman from the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, and Justice Lea…

Ben Affleck has officially stepped out of starring in Matt Reeves’ upcoming The Batman film.

The actor/director was originally lined-up to reprise his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman from the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, and Justice League flicks in the new project, and at one stage was set to direct from a script he had co-written.

However, Reeves took over the movie in February 2017, and on Wednesday (30Jan19), studio executives from Warner Bros. confirmed to Deadline that Affleck, 46, will not be in the film, which is set to be released in the summer of 2021.

Editors at the film publication report that the story will focus on a younger Batman, with a search currently underway for an actor to play the Caped Crusader.

Even though Affleck has been influential in getting the movie off the ground, he appeared to be happy with the outcome as he wrote on Twitter later on Wednesday, “Excited for #TheBatman in Summer 2021 and to see @MattReevesLA vision come to life (sic).”

Details about the script for The Batman remain under wraps, though Joe Manganiello has been attached to play Slade Wilson / Deathstroke, while J.K. Simmons is rumoured to be portraying Commissioner Gordon again, with Jeremy Irons returning as Alfred Pennyworth. No other casting details have been announced.

Meanwhile, in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Reeves indicated that the plot of the film will be a detective story.

“It’s very much a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale. It’s told very squarely on his shoulders, and I hope it’s going to be a story that will be thrilling but also emotional,” the Cloverfield filmmaker said. “It’s more Batman in his detective mode than we’ve seen in the films. The comics have a history of that. He’s supposed to be the world’s greatest detective, and that’s not necessarily been a part of what the movies have been.”

Affleck will next be seen onscreen in Triple Frontier alongside Charlie Hunnam and Pedro Pascal, and is in the post-production phases of Dee Rees’ crime-drama The Last Thing He Wanted.

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Jason Momoa and James Wan celebrate as Aquaman reaches $1 billion milestone

Jason Momoa and James Wan had reason to celebrate over the weekend – their movie Aquaman made $1 billion (£770,000) at the worldwide box office.The film is the first DC Comics offering to reach the impressive milestone since The Dark Knight in 2008, a…

Jason Momoa and James Wan had reason to celebrate over the weekend – their movie Aquaman made $1 billion (£770,000) at the worldwide box office.

The film is the first DC Comics offering to reach the impressive milestone since The Dark Knight in 2008, and Jason, who stars as the titular superhero, was quick to take to Instagram to thank fans for their support.

As well as thanking director James, Jason also paid his respects to Zack Snyder, who first cast the actor as Aquaman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016.

“BILLION DOLLAR UNDERDOG. from baywatch to making what once was the most disrespected superhero into a billion dollar movie. no one gets to the top without the people that love them,” Jason wrote. “My success is from my fans. All my aloha to everyone that had a hand in making this movie. Mahalo Zack for choosing me and mahalo James for creating this beautiful world. #grateful #lovemyfans #billiondollarunderdog #borntoclimb #outofholes #aquaman2 #cheeeehuuuuuu #hhrajahh. Aloha j.”

James also celebrated the milestone on his Twitter page, writing: “A few things to say… Firstly, this movie wouldn’t be what it is without the astonishing achievement of everyone involved, from the head of departments to every single crew member, who demanded upmost excellence in helping design and create this cinematic experience.”

He then thanked Jason, tweeting: “Secondly, I’ll forever be indebted to Jason for turning Aquaman into one of the coolest, cinematic superheroes ever, and becoming the gold standard for this character for generations to come.”

Continuing to thank fellow cast members including Patrick Wilson and Amber Heard, James concluded: “THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart to everyone who has supported this underdog. For making this non-mainstream character (and yes — with leading POC individuals in front and behind the camera!) connect on such a huge global scale. In the words of Aquaman himself, ‘MAHALO’.”

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