Michael Keaton Explains Why He Walked Away From The BATMAN Franchise

In many ways, Michael Keaton can be credited for the massive resurgence of Batman, for some fans he stands as their definitive Batman. Back in 1989, Keaton donned the hero’s cowl under Tim Burton’s direction, but he did not give the hero a third installment of the “Bat-chise.” Now, the star is speaking out on why he left Batman behind him.

In a recent interview with The Guardian, Keaton explained why he didn’t return for a third Batman film, and Keaton said his decision boiled down to the movie not being any good.

“[The film] just wasn’t any good, man. I tried to be patient, but after a certain point, I was like, I can’t take this any more, this is going to be horrible.”

“There was some really horrible taste in the 90s, and I probably contributed to that, unfortunately. It was a time of nouveau riche excess – everyone was known for their jets and their stuff. And I thought, I’m in this job for the long run, I don’t want this. And the truth is, I’m not boasting, but I was correct. There are a whole load of people who ran things that are long gone.”

Since Keaton walked away a long list of big Hollywood names have played the caped crusader. Val Kilmer,  George Clooney [and his nipples] had brief stints as the hero before stars like Christian Bale and Ben Affleck swore to protect Gotham. Affleck will soon reprise the iconic role in DC’s upcoming Justice League this November.

Female-Led Greatest American Hero Reboot Pilot Ordered by ABC

The reboot of The Greatest American Hero with a female lead gets a put pilot commitment from ABC

A reboot of the early ’80s TV series The Greatest American Hero has gotten a put pilot commitment from ABC, according to Deadline. The half-hour, single-camera comedy will feature Meera, an Indian-American woman as the lead. The reboot comes to us from Fresh Off the Boat writer/producer Rachna Fruchbom and Nahnatchka Khan’s Fierce Baby. 20th Century Fox TV will co-produce with ABC Studios. Fruchbom will write the script. She’ll produce with Mandy Summers from Fierce Baby as well as the original show producer Steven J. Cannell’s daughter, television director Tawnia McKiernan.

Meera will reportedly be a 30-year-old Indian-American woman from Cleveland, “whose talents include tequila drinking and karaoke and not much else. Then some aliens entrust her with a super suit to protect the planet, and the world has never been in more unreliable hands.”

Based on the ABC-TV series which ran from 1980 to 1983, The Greatest American Hero follows a nebbishy teacher who becomes a reluctant superhero after extraterrestrials give him a special suit with powers he can barely understand or control when he loses its instruction manual. The original stars William Katt, Robert Culp and Connie Sellecca. The LEGO Movie and former Han Solo movie directors were attached to a reboot of The Greatest American Hero back in 2014.

What do you guys think of the idea of a reboot of The Greatest American Hero with a female lead? Did you watch the original series back in the early ’80s with William Katt? Is the theme song now stuck in your head? We want to hear from you! Leave us your thoughts in the comments below

The Joker and Harley Quinn Film Gets Crazy Stupid Love Team

The Joker and Harley Quinn film gets the Crazy Stupid Love writers/directors

Crazy Stupid Love writers/directors in talks for the Joker and Harley Quinn film

Crazy Stupid Love writers/director Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are in talks to write, direct and produce the upcoming Joker and Harley Quinn film, according to THR. Ficarra and Requa currently direct and executive produce the NBC cry-fest This Is Us, and are reportedly in final negotiations for the project, which is also referred to as Gotham City Sirens. The Joker and Harley Quinn film is expected to have a number of other female DC characters.

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Sony Pictures Sets Release Date for Silver and Black

Sony Pictures' Marvel adaptation Silver and Black has set for 2019

Sony Pictures’ Marvel adaptation Silver and Black has been set for 2019

Sony Pictures‘ upcoming Spider-Man spinoff film Silver and Black, featuring Silver Sable and Black Cat, has an official release date. Silver and Black, which will be directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (The Secret Life of Bees), was originally said to be set for release in October of 2018. The comic book adaptation will now officially hit theaters on February 8, 2019. The film will be up against The LEGO Movie 2 that day. There is currently no casting info for the film.

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The Joker Origin Movie in the Works at Warner Bros. and DC

The Joker Origin Movie in the Works at Warner Bros. and DC

The Joker origin movie in the works at Warner Bros. and DC

Warner Bros. Pictures and DC are in the early stages of developing at Joker origin movie, according to Deadline. The site says that The Hangover‘s Todd Phillips will co-write the script with 8 Mile‘s Scott Silver. Phillips will direct the movie, to be produced by Martin Scorsese and Phillips.

The Joker origin movie will be the first film under a new banner that Warner Bros. has yet to name, but which will expand the canon of DC Comics properties and create unique storylines with different actors playing the characters.

The Joker has previously been played by Jack Nicholson in Batman, by Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight, and by Jared Leto in Suicide Squad. The site adds that Leto will reprise the character in the Suicide Squad sequel and the Harley Quinn spinoff, Gotham City Sirens. This new film, however, will feature a different actor, possibly younger.

Also of note is the setting. Deadline claims that “the intention is to make a gritty and grounded hard-boiled crime film set in early-’80s Gotham City that isn’t meant to feel like a DC movie as much as one of Scorsese’s films from that era, like Taxi Driver, Raging Bull or The King Of Comedy.”

While it’s unknown when this Joker origin movie would be released, Phillips and Silver are already writing the script.

Here’s Our First Look at Josh Brolin as Cable in DEADPOOL 2!

Here's Out First Look at Josh Brolin as Cable in DEADPOOL 2!1

We’ve all been waiting for it and here it is! Ryan Reynolds has released a photo giving us our first look at Josh Brolin as Cable in Deadpool 2! He looks so freakin’ badass!

Last week we were treated with two photos giving us our first look at Zazie Beats as Domino and those photos were met with some controversy because it’s not completely faithful to the comic book version of the character. I think all of that worry will fade away once fans are watching the movie.

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The FLASHPOINT Movie Will Reportedly Include Wonder Woman and Other Heroes

During Comic-Con last month, Warner Bros. announced that their upcoming Flash movie would be called Flashpoint. For anyone familiar with the comic books, the whole Flashpoint storyline is a huge deal and it could completely change the DCEU as we know it.

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Kiersey Clemons Talks Flashpoint and Justice League

Exclusive: Kiersey Clemons Talks Flashpoint and Justice League

Last year, Warner Bros. Pictures‘ The Flash solo movie (now titled Flashpoint) lost Dope director Rick Famuyiwa, who departed the DC Comics adaptation over creative differences. Since then, the studio has been looking for a new filmmaker to take over, but in the meantime actress Kiersey Clemons has been in a kind of limbo waiting for the movie to start again. While promoting her new movie The Only Living Boy in New York, Clemons talked to us about her role as Iris West in both Flashpoint and this November’s Justice League.

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Marvel Has Released A New Look At Evangeline Lilly’s Wasp Costume For ‘Ant-Man And The Wasp’

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Marvel Studios has a lot on their plate in the next few years. The company will be expanding its cinematic universe to Wakanda in Black Panther, introducing Captain Marvel, and wrapping up the Avengers storyline in Infinity War. Somewhere in the midst of all this will be Ant-Man and the Wasp, the sequel to the 2015 film Ant-Man. I say “somewhere” because while the official release date is July 6, 2018, as of this writing the film isn’t even on Marvel’s official list of upcoming MCU projects. But Evangeline Lilly has been all over Instagram with her #WaspWorkout, so we know principal photography will soon be under way, if it hasn’t begun already.

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Hartley Sawyer Joins The Flash Season 4 as Elongated Man!

Hartley Sawyer Joins The Flash Season 4 as Elongated Man!

The CW and DC Entertainment have announced a new heroic addition to the season 4 cast of The Flash with Hartley Sawyer (Saving the Human Race, Miss 2059) as Ralph Dibny, aka Elongated Man!

One of The Flash’s most iconic allies, Ralph Dibny — a.k.a. The Elongated Man — is a fast-talking private investigator with investigative skills that rival those of Batman. Upon discovering he has the power to stretch his body to any shape or form, Dibny uses his new abilities to help Team Flash solve one of Central City’s greatest mysteries. He joins other newcomers Danny Trejo as feared bounty hunter Breacher and Neil Sandilands as the big bad for the new season, The Thinker.

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