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Ben Affleck officially out as Batman

Matt Reeves’ film gets new, younger Caped Crusader and a release date!

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Boom! Ben Affleck has led his last Batdance.

Warner Bros has announced that the long-gestating “The Batman”, a standalone caped crusader yarn that at one stage Affleck was attached to direct as well as star, has been scheduled for a 2021 release. Matt Reeves, who took over directing duties from Affleck when the actor opted to wear only one hat on the flick, remains onboard but Affleck does not.

As per previous reports, the script for the film has been reworked so that the world can be reintroduced to Batman in his younger years.

It’s been long speculated that Affleck was off the project – purportedly unhappy, and understandably so, with the films he had played the character in – but this is the first official confirmation of the exit.  The actor. , reportedly worked hard with the “” helmer on the project but ultimately decided he wasn’t where he wanted to be.

Affleck took to Twitter to wish Reeves all the best on the project.

A number of younger actors have been mooted to inherit Alfred, including Jack O’Connell (“Unbroken”) and Scott Eastwood (“The Fate of the Furious”) but the search is assumingly still underway and producers are a ways-off from making their pick.

In a recent interview, the “War for the Planet of the Apes” director stated that the tone of “The Batman” would be very ‘noir’.

“It’s very much a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale,” he said. “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. 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. I’d love this to be one where when we go on that journey of tracking down the criminals and trying to solve a crime, it’s going to allow his character to have an arc so that he can go through a transformation.”

The film will see Batman going up against several villains, one of whom is rumored to be The Penguin.

“The Batman” will open June 25, 2021.

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A League of Their Own 2 in the works?

Original writer reveals there’s a story for a follow-up

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Hot on the heels of Geena Davis’s enthusiastic response a few days ago when asked whether she’d be down for a sequel to her ’90s gem “A League of Their Own”, Kelly Candaele, who came up with the story for the 1992 money-spinner, reveals he’s keen too.

Candaele, whose mother Helen Callaghan played in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League, tells The L.A Times that there’s even a story for one.

In his take, Dottie (Davis’s character) would be coaching a high school girls softball team.

“It’s set around 1990 so the impact of Title IX, which allowed women equal access to athletic opportunities, is taking hold. Through a series of events, Dottie ends up coaching a high school girls softball team — taking over from a nitwit male coach. She recruits three of her former teammates – including Kit — to help her out. It’s really a story about how older women teach younger women about life lessons during some difficult social changes. Of course the title is “There’s No Crying in Baseball.”

No word if the story has yet caught the eye or interest of studio execs yet (and at last count, seems they were doing a TV reboot instead).

Candaele’s documentary, also titled “A League of Their Own”, and about his mother’s years as a professional baseball player in the 1940s, was awarded an Emmy as part of a public television series. He would later go on to write the story for the Columbia Pictures movie, which Penny Marshall helmed. In addition to Davis, the film starred Tom Hanks, Lori Petty, Rosie O’Donnell, Madonna, Tracey Reiner, Ann Cusack and Jon Lovitz.

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Will Rufus be recast in Bill & Ted 3?

Alex Winter, one-half of Wild Stallions, answers the question

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Alex Winter, one-half of Wild Stallions, took to Twitter today to denounce rumors that George Carlin’s character Rufus might be recast of the upcoming third “Bill & Ted” movie.

Carlin, who played the memorable time-traveling guide in the original films with Winter and co-star Keanu Reeves, sadly passed away in 2008.

Rather than fill the role with another actor (as one punter below suggests), “Bill & Ted Face the Music” will likely play homage to Carlin and his character but not fill the slot.

One face from the earlier films – well, the sequel – will be back for another go-round : William Sadler is returning as ‘Death’.

The film, which will reportedly see Bill & Ted having to write the greatest song ever, one that will save ‘the universe’, will open nationwide on Aug. 21, 2020.

Production is set to begin this summer on the film with Dean Parisot at the helm.

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Star Wars : The Rise of Skywalker new images, new info, new hope!

 A Hutt’s allotment of “Star Wars” ‘portions’ arrived this morning!

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A Hutt’s allotment of “Star Wars” ‘portions’ arrived this morning with the reveal of some gorgeous new imagery, info and an all-encompass article on “The Rise of Skywalker” – from the pages of Vanity Fair.

In addition to the glittering assortment of images below – that’s Keri Russell under the helmet, by the way; doesn’t she look killer!?! – the article also gives us out first looks at Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant’s characters, as well as the return of some welcome favorites (Luke! Lando!).  Per the article, JJ Abrams-fave Russell is Zorri Bliss, a scoundrel posing in the Thieves’ Quarter of the snow-dusted world Kijimi, Ackie is rebel warrior Jannah who, atop an orbak, helps lead the charge against the ‘baddies’, while Oscar nominee Grant is new First Order employee Allegiant General Pryde.

Sources at Disney confirm for the outlet that the Knights of Ren (pictured below) appear in the movie. “And then he had been forging this maybe-bond with Rey,” Adam Driver, back as the iniquitous Kylo Ren, says, “and it kind of ends with the question in the air: is he going to pursue that relationship, or when the door of her ship goes up, does that also close that camaraderie that they were maybe forming?”

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Anthony Daniels’ C-3P0, a character that has appeared in every “Star Wars” film since 1977’s “A New Hope”, has a surprising arc in the film by sounds.

Daniels tells the magazine that the opinionated droif does something in this movie that surprises everybody—but he wouldn’t say what. “He keeps his clothes on. It’s not like he suddenly does this thing, but …”

There’s also the return of Billy Dee Williams’ Lando Callrisian, last seen partying with the Ewoks in “Return of the Jedi”.

“He’s a survivor. It’s expediency for him,” Williams says. “You know, he was thrown into a situation which he didn’t look for and he had to try to figure out how to deal with an entity which is more than just a human.” And, he adds, with the weary air of somebody who has spent way too much time justifying the behavior of a fictional character, “nobody died!”

The article, which also states that it picks up about a year after the events of “The Last Jedi” (gives everyone time to warm up after spending so much time on the ice), states Billie Lourd insisted on having more scenes with her late mother Carrie Fisher.

“And so, there are moments where they’re talking; there are moments where they’re touching,” Abrams says. “There are moments in this movie where Carrie is there, and I really do feel there is an element of the uncanny, spiritual, you know, classic Carrie, that it would have happened this way, because somehow it worked. And I never thought it would.”

The article can be found here.

“Star Wars : The Rise of Skywalker” opens December 20.

 

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