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First Look at Ben Affleck as Batman

Earlier this week, Batman Vs. Superman director Zack Snyder teased fans on Twitter with an image of what looked like the new batmobile with a tarp covering it.  Snyder said to tune in the following day to see the rest of it.  Well, he ended up showing the front of the car, but he also decided to have the guy who drives it standing next to said batmobile.

SURPRISE!  Fans got their first look at Ben Affleck wearing the new Bat suit and it’s quite the departure from Christopher Nolan’s vision of the caped crusader.  Snyder said that he was influenced by Frank Miller’s “Dark Knight Returns” costume and you can certainly see it in this photo.  The mask has much smaller horns on the top and the bat symbol on his chest is significantly larger.  The photo is black and white, but I have a feeling the costume is going to feature a lot of blue like Miller’s comic book.

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Our first look at Ben Affleck as Batman. | (

The origin story of the character had been done, so Snyder decided he needed an older, more grizzled and bulky Batman for his franchise which is why he went with Affleck.  I don’t know if it’s the costume, but Affleck has certainly been hitting the gym because he looks like he ate Christian Bale and then put the suit on.  His physique even makes me think he could possibly fight Superman and have a puncher’s chance (because I need plausibility in my superhero movies apparently).

The suit also reminds me of the great Arkham video games minus the razor-sharp horns.  Overall, I like the suit.  I mean… it looks like Batman.  I’m not a hardcore fan of the character so I’m not freaking out about it either way.  I’m more interested to see how Affleck portrays the character.  As much as I have loved his foray into directing, he’s definitely not one of my favorite actors.  It always feels like he’s trying really hard to emote a feeling in a scene and it can be distracting at times.

That being said, we’re still more than two years away from seeing him in the film.  I will reserve judgement until then, but this is still a pretty cool first image.

Side note:  Did someone kill Batman’s dog because he’s pretty down in this photo.  That guy could use a hug and believe me, the internet has already had some fun with the photo.

Harrison Ford may Star in Another Sequel 

Harrison Ford is currently filming some little sequel (Episode: VII) to a sci-fi movie he made back in the ’80s and now there’s a possibility he could be doing the same thing again with another one of his iconic films from that era.

The heads of Alcon Entertainment have publicly invited Ford to reprise his role as Rick Deckard from the film Blade Runner.

A sequel has been in the works since 2011 and original director Ridley Scott also agreed to direct the film.  It’s even co-writtten by original screenwriter Hampton Fancher (that sounds like a made-up name from Revenge) so the thought is to get everyone back in an attempt to re-create the magic from the first film.

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Harrison Ford in ‘Blade Runner.’ | (

It remains to be seen whether Ford will accept.  His career was slowly going downhill before he decided to return to Indiana Jones and that film was a massive hit.  He’s popped up in other hits as well (42, Anchorman 2), but the thought of Ford starring in an original hit movie appears to be long gone which is why he seems to be returning to the well that made him a star in the first place.

Blade Runner is a movie that didn’t do well when it was originally released in 1982.  Fans were expecting a Star Wars-like science fiction epic (even the title Blade Runner suggests it), but instead they got a sci-fi neo-noir talking about what it means to be human in a technologically-advanced society.

The film’s cult following grew after its release and it’s considered one of the best sci-fi films ever made.  The thought of a sequel thirty years later seems questionable at best.  But with Scott on board, who knows.  I would much rather see original science fiction but in the end, Hollywood loves to recycle and dust off old franchises so it’s really only a matter of time before we see Blade Runner 2 for better or worse.

Todd Phillips to Next Direct ‘Arms & The Dudes’ with Jonah Hill Possibly Starring 

Todd Phillips has apparently found his next project to direct.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, Phillips will be making Arms & The Dudes (guaranteed that title will be changed) with Bradley Cooper producing.

The story is based on a Rolling Stone article and tells the true story of two young guys who won a $300 million contract from the Pentagon to supply America’s allies in Afghanistan with munitions.  After 85 deliveries to the war-torn country worth more than $66 million, their Miami offices were raided by federal agents and the two were charged with 71 counts of fraud.

THR also adds that Jonah Hill has been involved in table reads for the film, but it’s still unknown if he’ll star.  The film could begin filming later this year.

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Director Todd Phillips. | (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The story sounds amazing and it reminds me of the Nicolas Cage film Lord of War which was also about a shady arms dealer.  Hill’s possible involvement is exciting considering his impressive work in dramas lately (Moneyball, The Wolf of Wall Street), but more importantly, I’m happy to see Phillips tackling something a little more heavy.

Phillips famously directed the Hangover trilogy and while the first film was hysterical, the sequels were lazy and unfunny.  He also directed the somewhat disappointing comedy Due Date so it’s been a while since he’s made a quality film.

Phillips has never really done a drama before so I’m interested to see how he plays it.  The story is certainly worth telling on the big screen.




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