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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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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The Flash movie delayed again – report

Actor Ezra Miller’s standalone superhero outing as The Flash has reportedly been delayed until 2021. The Justice League star has been waiting to suit up as the DC Comics character for his own blockbuster film since his casting in 2014, but the project…

Actor Ezra Miller’s standalone superhero outing as The Flash has reportedly been delayed until 2021.

The Justice League star has been waiting to suit up as the DC Comics character for his own blockbuster film since his casting in 2014, but the project has suffered a series of setbacks, with directors Seth Grahame-Smith and his replacement, Rick Famuyiwa, both walking away from the planned movie.

Early this year (Jan18), Spider-Man: Homecoming writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein were said to have entered talks to take over the filmmaking process, ahead of a potential March (19) production date.

However, now studio officials at Warner Bros. have allegedly decided to push back the shoot until late 2019 to allow extra time for revisions to Grahame-Smith’s original script, postponing its expected release until 2021, according to Variety.

Reports suggest Ezra’s filming commitments with Harry Potter spin-off franchise Fantastic Beasts is partly to blame for the new scheduling, as he is contracted to begin shooting the third instalment of the prequel series – another Warner Bros. property – in July (19).

The news is sure to come as a disappointment for Ezra, who has tried to remain positive about the constant hurdles in getting The Flash movie to the big screen.

Discussing the project after Famuyiwa’s exit in 2016, he told Nerdist: “(I feel) a little sad. Love Rick, but super grateful for all the work he has done… I think from a distance, observing the processes of a production of the film can seem… interpersonal, or dramatic… but I definitely feel like ultimately things will work out.”

Ezra, who made his debut as Barry Allen, aka The Flash, in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and reprised the role in Justice League, is set to star in the superhero film alongside Billy Crudup and Kiersey Clemons, who will play his love interest, Iris West.

Meanwhile, Ezra will soon be hitting the promotional trail for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, which hits theatres next month (Nov18).

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Kevin Smith teases big budget project

Kevin Smith has teased fans that he is working on a “massive” new project.The actor and director is known for his work on ’90s comedies such as Clerks, Mallrats and Dogma, with his most recent feature film being 2016’s Yoga Hosers. While Kevin has been…

Kevin Smith has teased fans that he is working on a “massive” new project.

The actor and director is known for his work on ’90s comedies such as Clerks, Mallrats and Dogma, with his most recent feature film being 2016’s Yoga Hosers.

While Kevin has been laying low since suffering a major heart attack in February, he indicated that he is feeling much better on Sunday (29Jul18) by sharing in a social media post that he is gearing up to tackle his next big project.

“Just finished a huge writing gig that I haven’t talked about publicly yet,” he wrote on his Instagram page. “It’s the most massive IP (intellectual property) I’ve ever been allowed to play with and if the powers that be decide to move forward with the project, it would be the biggest budgeted anything I’ve ever done. Wish me luck…”

Kevin concluded the post with two hashtags, that of his own name and “#writing”. He did not add any further details about the potential gig but did divulge that he hopes to unveil more details soon.

“Fingers crossed that I get to talk about this one day soon. Or better yet, fingers crossed, we all get to watch it next year,” the 47-year-old noted.

Though Kevin has helmed recent episodes of TV shows The Flash and Supergirl, he recently shot down rumours speculating that he was looking to partner with Marvel Studios or Lucasfilm on a movie.

“Waiting on @ThatKevinSmith to confirm or deny these @MarvelStudios or @starwars also keeping my fingers crossed,” a fan wrote on Twitter in late June, to which the filmmaker responded: “Easy to deny. The only @starwars or @MarvelStudios movies I’m involved with are the ones I pay to see in theaters. Promise.”

In the five months since his life-threatening heart attack, Kevin has lost more than 40 pounds (18 kilograms) and has transformed his diet and lifestyle. Speaking to E! News while at San Diego Comic-Con earlier this month, he explained that he had consulted with a nutritionist and decided to adopt a vegan diet.

“I said, ‘You know what? I ate any way I wanted for like the last 47 years. For one year I am going to try life as a vegan.’ It’s been okay, I don’t miss much,” he said of the plant-based eating regime.

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