WHO COULD DIRECT THE BATMAN?

With Ben Affleck taking a step back from The Batman, who is going to sit in the directors chair and form a dynamic duo with him? Here’s our thoughts.

 

Gavin O’Connor (Warrior, The Accountant) |

If we had to bet on who might actually get the gig, Gavin O’Connor isn’t a bad way to go. He’s directed Affleck recently in The Accountant, he knows how to handle fight scenes and drama well based off of Warrior. O’Connor is also a journeyman director that’s been brought on to help certain films when needed. Does he have the skills to elevate a DCEU Batman to where producer, star, and directing partner Ben Affleck wants?

 

Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Arrival, Blade Runner 2049) |

We scoffed at this at first, but then thought of how Villeneuve jumped fearlessly into franchise filmmaking with his upcoming Blade Runner 2049. The tone that he sets in all of his films is so spot on and precise (Arrival especially). I’d love to see his version of Gotham. I’d honestly want his entire vision onscreen rather than something that has to fit inside this haphazard shared universe, but my mind could change real quick if he got legendary cinematographer and frequent collaborator Roger Deakins to join as well.

 

Chad Stahelski (John Wick, John Wick 2) |

You know how we love our John Wick around here, but wouldn’t that level of action skills from a veteran stunt coordinator on a Batman film be perfect? He’s been in talks to reboot the Highlander movies, but we’d rather see his take on the Dark Knight or do John Wick 3 obviously.

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    Kevin Smith (Clerks, Red State, Yoga Hosers, The Flash and Supergirl) |

    No, for reals! Think about it; Smith has a love for the character, a longstanding relationship with Affleck, and has recently made some really decent episodes of Supergirl and The Flash on The CW. His recent film slate has been… well, it’s been… different. Could this be his opportunity to take on something bigger than him? Something where maybe he’ll not wear a hockey jersey to set? We want to believe Kevin Smith still has the goods in him and having Affleck at his side guiding him as a peer and friend may just be the ticket.

     

    George Miller (Babe: Pig in the City, Mad Max: Fury Road) |

    In the late 90’s we almost had a George Miller directed Justice League movie. You know “the bait” in the tower in Fury Road? That was Megan Gale, whom Miller cast as his Wonder Woman. Look, we know that Miller coming on board would be tremendous. One of those deals where you can sit back and not worry about everything falling apart like we often have worries about the last few weeks here in the land of the free.

     

    Alex Proyas (Dark City, Gods of Egypt) |

    Dark City is a masterpiece if you weren’t aware. Proyas has done dark before (see previous sentence and The Crow), but recently his Gods of Egypt confused many with its awesome and cartoonish visuals. He’s also taken a seven year duration in between that film and Knowing, which I totally forgot about but rather liked once remembering.

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      Gore Verbinski (The Ring, Pirates of the Caribbean, A Cure for Wellness) |

      Verbinski is one of the more interesting directors on the list in terms of his body of work. From duds like his last outing in The Lone Ranger, to kid fair like Mouse Hunt, to horror like The Ring, and drama like the underrated The Weatherman; he’s diverse is what we’re getting at. He also knows how to handle huge blockbusters, but hasn’t done anything like a Batman. His visual flair and penchant for huge set pieces with the ability to juggle story (most of the time) would make for an interesting film for the Caped Crusader.

       

      Justin Lin (Fast & Furious, Star Trek Beyond) |

      Lin has been connected to Space Jam 2 and Hot Wheels. For the life of me, I can’t see someone choosing to direct Space Jam 2 over a Batman movie. And Lin has already made four Hot Wheels movies with his run of the franchise defining Fast & Furious films. Warner Bros may be looking in his direction just as they did fellow Furious alum, James Wan, who is currently in production on Aquaman.

       

      Joe Carnahan (The Grey, Smokin’ Aces, Bad Boys for Life) |

      Yeah, he’s not going to, but we wanted to include this Twitter exchange on the right for fun. We would LOVE to see a Joe Carnahan directed Batman film, but he’s deep into pre-production on the third Bad Boys movie, Bad Boys for Life. We’re also excited for that as Carnahan has a great eye for interesting action.

       

      Who do you think has a chance at taking on the Dark Knight with help from the Batman himself? Did we leave off anyone that you think has a shot? Let us know!

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        BEN AFFLECK NOT DIRECTING THE BATMAN

        Ben Affleck lights up the bat signal in hopes of finding a partner to direct his first solo Batman movie.

        From an exclusive posted with Variety, Affleck stated:

        “There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions,” Affleck said in a statement. “Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give. It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require. Together with the studio, I have decided to find a partner in a director who will collaborate with me on this massive film. I am still in this, and we are making it, but we are currently looking for a director. I remain extremely committed to this project, and look forward to bringing this to life for fans around the world.”

        This is unfortunate as the DC Extended Universe can’t get any good momentum behind them. Recently The Flash movie lost its second director and is getting a page-one rewrite. This will push back its release indefinitely. Justice League is slated to arrive in theaters this coming November, marking a third attempt at getting a DC property right from director Zack Snyder. But is that movie on anyone’s radar? I already hear talk every week of the next Star Wars or what Marvel property is up next, but a movie starring Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg is flaccid on the pop culture landscape.

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          Affleck’s statement above sounds like he knows how important the character is and after the embarrassment of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, he knows that more than anyone. Hopefully as producer, co-writer with Geoff Johns, and the star he can find a directing partner. We need a dynamic duo if you will.

          What directors can you imagine partnering with Affleck on his vision* of The Batman?

           

           

          *And it is going to be his vision. Whomever takes the directing job will have to know that going in. This is going to be a collaborative effort.

          THE TITLE FOR STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII REVEALED

          WE CAN NOW REFER TO EPISODE VIII OFFICIALLY AS STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI, BUT WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? LET US OVER ANALYZE BELOW…

          First thoughts? That’s good.

          From the Star Wars website:

          We have the greatest fans in this or any other galaxy. In appreciation of the fans, we wanted them to be the first to know the title of the next chapter in the Skywalker saga: Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

          THE LAST JEDI is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski.

          Star Wars: The Last Jedi is scheduled for release December 15, 2017. 

          Here’s the teaser poster:

          Let’s speculate and analyze like the obsessed movie lovers we are.

          First off, who is the last Jedi? The obvious answer is Luke Skywalker, but could the title be a clue to his fate? The ominous and Sith, er, Knights of Ren or the First Order colored red Star Wars title font would lead us to believe as much. This the second act of a trilogy and as we’ve experienced in The Empire Strikes Back, it’s usually the darkest part of any three act story. Could Luke fall at the hands of his nephew, Kylo Ren’s rage?

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            After the destruction of Starkiller Base (the even biggerer Death Star) Kylo was on his way to “complete his training” with Supreme Leader Snoke. We know that Luke and Rey’s relationship is going to be a huge part of The Last Jedi with him training her and possibly revealing if he is indeed her father or uncle or someone connected to her. Could The Last Jedi end with Kylo and his other Knights of Ren attacking Luke and Rey? And could Luke sacrifice himself like Kylo’s namesake Obi-Wan? That sounds very plausible and also possible. And would that make Rey the last Jedi instead of Luke?

            Here’s something else to consider: Jedi is both singular or plural. Perhaps Luke and Rey both survive or maybe there are other Jedi that Luke trained the last 30 years that survived the massacre we saw in Rey’s Force vision in The Force Awakens.

            The only thing that would make us think otherwise is the confirmation that the late Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) was supposed to have a reunion with her brother in Episode IX. However, with the passing of our Princess, this isn’t going to happen. But if it did, Luke theoretically could still have reunited with her as Ben Kenobi did with Luke as a spirit of the Force. I’ve got a bad feeling about this…

            Luke dying I mean. I’m beyond excited for The Last Jedi coming this December as Rian Johnson is a smart and skilled writer/director.

            What are your thoughts?

            HOW LUKE AND REY RELATE TO EACH OTHER IS KEY IN STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII

            HOW LUKE AND REY RELATE TO EACH OTHER IS KEY IN STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII

            Star Wars: Episode VIII writer/director Rian Johnson opens up about some plot details.

            Last we saw, Rey she was standing with her arm reached out to Luke Skywalker holding his old lightsaber, seemingly forever, on the cliffs of Ahch-To. A not-so-sly nod to this being Act 2 of the new trilogy.

            It’s confirmed by Johnson that Episode VIII will indeed pick up immediately where  left off.

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              “I don’t want to skip ahead two years,” Johnson says. “I want to see the very next moment of what happens.” How Rey and Luke relate to each other is the key relationship in Episode VIII, and Johnson says “a large part of the movie” will be spent addressing why Luke’s there and what he’ll do next. Like Luke, Rey has been pulled into a bigger world by connecting with the Force, “but part of what’s she’s dealing with is the realization that she has this power and this gift,” Johnson adds. “She’s taking her first step to coming to terms with this thing inside her that she never knew was there and is just starting to reveal its potential.”

              Not skipping ahead two years or so like most Star Wars trilogy films should prove interesting. The opening title crawl alone is the main topic of debate as to what it will catch us up on in the few seconds that have passed. I’m all for more Luke. Hopefully his on-screen sister, Leia (the late great ) will reunite with him along with the rest of us at some point in the film. And Rey is totally a Skywalker, right? Who do you think she is?

              Episode VIII is just under a year away. Stay tuned for a title reveal, images and a teaser trailer in the coming months.