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The rumor mills have been going nuts for the past few months about the original script for Warner Bros.‘ next Batman solo flick, The Batman starring Ben Affleck as the Caped Crusader. Like just about every other DCEU project that came before it, the idea that major rewrites were plaguing the set has run rampant, and we finally have confirmation that a rewrite is exactly what’s happening.

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The world is bracing itself for the imminent release of War for the Planet of The Apes, but already director Matt Reeves has his eyes on his next big project; the solo Batman movie. With Ben Affleck out of the picture as director, Reeves is considering rewrites that could take the caped crusader in a bold new direction. Originally due to start shooting later this year, The Batman has been pushed back into 2018 to accommodate the director’s busy schedule. From Alfred Hitchcock to Christopher Nolan, Reeves wears his influences on his sleeve, recently outlining his plans for the world’s greatest detective. (more…)

Ben Affleck is Still Batfleck According to Bat-Director

Coming out of Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justicethe best thing not named Wonder Woman in that film was Ben Affleck‘s return to super heroism in the titular role as the Caped Crusader. The disappointment was that the film around Affleck wasn’t able to match his dedication and enthusiasm for the role, but even the studio knew they had something good in Batfleck. But there’ve been concerns lately. Concern number one was when Affleck stepped away as the writer and director of his own Dark Knight solo film, The Batman. Concern number two though was whether or not Affleck was planning on sticking around the DCEU.  (more…)

The final trailer for director Matt Reeves‘ (Let Me In, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) War for the Planet of the Apes has hit the Internet and it’s packed with action and tense situations. The Planet of the Apes franchise holds a special place in this NerdBastards’ heart and it is wonderful to see it recover from the 2001 disaster that was Tim Burton‘s Planet of the Apes. This latest installment appears to have everything a Planet of the Apes movie should, apes, action, social commentary, horse riding apes with guns. Check it out below. (more…)

Things seemingly weren’t looking good for Ben Affleck‘s solo Batman movie. First there was the fallout of Batman v Superman which was panned by critics and rocked Affleck pretty hard – #SadAffleck. Then there was the uncertainty with the script, which Affleck had repeatedly said variations of “it’s ready when it’s ready” and “I won’t do it unless it’s perfect”. With the culminating pressure of starring in, writing, and directing one of the biggest comic book licenses of all time, Affleck had made the shocking announcement that he will no longer be directing The Batman. Some fans, of course, went into a tale spin over this, thinking the project was dead, that Affleck is done with Batman, and that he’s keeping his apathy silenced until Justice League rolls out.

Well, weary not Batfleck fans. The Batman is still on. The script is good. Affleck will once again don those Bat tights. And as word would have it, a replacement director has been confirmed.  (more…)

Things seemingly weren’t looking good for Ben Affleck’s solo Batman movie. First there was the fallout of Batman v Superman which was panned by critics and rocked Affleck pretty hard – #SadAffleck. Then there was the uncertainty with the script, which Affleck had repeatedly said variations of “it’s ready when it’s ready” and “I won’t do it unless it’s perfect”. With the culminating pressure of starring in, writing, and directing one of the biggest comic book licenses of all time, Affleck had made the shocking announcement that he will no longer be directing The Batman. Some fans, of course, went into a tale spin over this, thinking the project was dead, that Affleck is done with Batman, and that he’s keeping his apathy silenced until Justice League rolls out.

Well, weary not Batfleck fans. The Batman is still on. The script is good. Affleck will once again don those Bat tights. And as word would have it, a replacement director has just been solidified.  (more…)

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Hollywood Marketing Departments certainly love a good movie contest, hoping to raise awareness and spark some fan interaction across the Internet. This time around War For The Planet Of The Apes director Matt Reeves and motion capture star Andy Serkis want to see your best impersonation of an ape. What’s the prize up for grabs? A part in War For The Planet Of The Apes as one of Caesar’s apes of course! (more…)

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Director Matt Reeves is back in the saddle for War of the Planet of the Apes, the third film in the rebooted Apes franchise and recently tweeted out the first on set production picture you can check out below. It’s uncertain if that is Andy Serkis as Caesar on the horse, although that would be my best guess at this point. Why the beach though? (more…)

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Contrary to what many might have predicted, the latest film in the Apes franchise, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, has been met with enthusiastic responses from both audience and critics. It appears as if they’ve finally gotten the Apey formula down and, naturally, the next step will be to continue on to making a third installment, which will likely be followed by a fourth and a fifth. There’s a lot of expectations and a lot to be done to make this happen and, in a recent interview with io9, director Matt Reeves chatted a bit about how he plans on keeping the franchise successful. (more…)

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is something of a miracle.

Ostensibly a remake of J. Lee Thompson’s Battles For the Planet of the Apes (the fifth film in the original series), Matt Reeves’ refashioning of that picture is nothing less than a stirring marvel of a movie, brimming with emotion and style in equal measure. Daring in ways many modern big budget franchise films would never dare, Dawn is the result of putting cinema and character first, a rarity in an age where commitment to brand is usually priority number one for studios when expanding upon previous summer cash cows. But beyond showcasing Reeves as being one of the most exciting directorial talents in mainstream American filmmaking, the second installment in this new series of Apes films yet again proves that Andy Serkis is a God working amongst mere mortals, pushing the craft of performance capture acting into uncharted qualitative territories. In short, it’s the movie of the summer and will easily end up being one of 2014’s best. (more…)