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‘The Batman': Paul Dano to Play The Riddler

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‘The Batman': Paul Dano to Play The Riddler
Paul Dano has been cast as Edward Nashton, also known as the Riddler in Matt Reeves’ “The Batman,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Previously, Jonah Hill was in talks to play the villain. The Riddler first appeared in “Detective Comics #140” in October 1948 and is a criminal mastermind in Gotham City who likes to incorporate riddles and puzzles into his schemes. He is also one of Batman’s biggest foes. In live-action, the Riddler was played by Frank Gorshin on the 1960s “Batman” tv series, and by Jim Carrey in 1995’s “Batman Forever.”

Robert Pattinson is set to star as the Dark Knight. Reeves took over the directing gig after Ben Affleck stepped away from the role. Affleck was also expected to play Batman again as well. Reeves has since described the film as a “defining” and “very personal” story about the Dark Knight, rather than an
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Robert Pattinson on Playing Batman: ‘It’s a Dope Character’

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Robert Pattinson on Playing Batman: ‘It’s a Dope Character’
With production on Matt Reeves’ “The Batman” set to begin shooting in January, Robert Pattinson has revealed what it’s like to play the Dark Knight. In an interview with the New York Times that was published on Wednesday, Pattinson was asked what about Batman excites him, to which he said: “I love the director, Matt Reeves, and it’s a dope character.”

“His morality is a little bit off. He’s not the golden boy, unlike almost every other comic-book character,” Pattinson said. “There is a simplicity to his worldview, but where it sits is strange, which allows you to have more scope with the character.”

“I just fear that when I say anything about ‘Batman,’ people online are like, ‘What does this mean?’ And I don’t know!” he continued. “I used to be very good at censoring myself, but I’ve said so many ridiculous things over the years,
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Jonah Hill No Longer in Talks to Join ‘The Batman’

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Jonah Hill No Longer in Talks to Join ‘The Batman’
Jonah Hill is no longer in talks to join the cast of Matt Reeves’ “The Batman,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

The Oscar nominee was previously in talks to play the Riddler.

Robert Pattinson is set to star as the Dark Knight. Reeves took over as director after Ben Affleck stepped away from the role. Reeves has since described the film as a “defining” and “very personal” story about the Dark Knight, rather than an origin story in the vein of Frank Miller’s beloved “Year One” series.

Also Read: Zoe Kravitz Cast as Catwoman in Matt Reeves' 'The Batman'

For months, reports have said Hill was the frontrunner to play the antagonist the Riddler. The character first made his appearance in “Detective Comics #58” in December 1941 — he is one of Batman’s biggest enemies, a Gotham City mobster and crime boss. The Riddler first
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Zoe Kravitz Cast as Catwoman in Matt Reeves’ ‘The Batman’

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Zoe Kravitz Cast as Catwoman in Matt Reeves’ ‘The Batman’
Zoe Kravitz has been cast as Selina Kyle, a.k.a. Catwoman, in Matt Reeves’ “The Batman,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Robert Pattinson will play the Dark Knight in the upcoming Warner Bros. film. Reeves and Mattson Tomlin wrote the screenplay, and the film is being produced by Dylan Clark and Reeves. Michael E. Uslan is executive producing. It is set to start filming in January in the U.K.

Reeves took over the directing gig after Ben Affleck stepped away from the role. Affleck was also expected to play Batman again but then said he would be hanging up the cape for good. Reeves has since described the film as a “defining” and “very personal” story about the Dark Knight, rather than an origin story in the vein of Frank Miller’s beloved “Year One” series.

Also Read: 'The Batman': Jonah Hill
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5 Ways Batman Begins Has Aged Poorly (& 5 Ways It’s Timeless)

With the stains and emotional scars of Batman And Robin still fresh in a lot of Batfans’ minds, there was a lot of different options for what would be the next big big screen Batflick. Each film in the Burton-Schumacher series seemingly had diminishing returns, but it was Batman And Robin that nearly killed off any more chances for Batman in the theaters.

There was still the possibility of a third Schumacher film involving Scarecrow and Harley Quinn. Another possibility was a very dark and a very different version of Year One, co-written by original author, Frank Miller and Darren Aronofsky. There was also Wolfgang Petersen’s idea for Batman Vs. Superman. But in the end, DC and Warner Brothers chose to go with the more stripped-down approach that Christopher Nolan and David Goyer had come up with. The result was The Dark Knight Trilogy.

Related: The Dark Knight: 10 Batman
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Robert Pattinson Says The Batman Will Be Like Something From The Comics

To date, no live action Batman movie has been a strict adaptation of any specific comic book, nor have any of them drawn inspiration from a singular literary work. More often than not, directors have looked to multiple story arcs for inspiration, with classics such as The Dark Knight Returns, No Man’s Land, Year One and The Long Halloween already having been mined for material. In fact, Christopher Nolan sometimes went deeper and pulled from tales that were contained to single issues, having cited Batman #1 (1940) and “The Man Who Falls” as influencing his screenplays.

When it comes to the upcoming blockbuster that is The Batman in particular, we’ve heard in recent months that certain aspects of The Long Halloween which hadn’t been previously explored on film will be fleshed out in greater detail. And when we factor in how the picture is said to be a murder mystery and feature multiple villains,
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Can ‘Good Boys’ Get Adults to See Comedies in Theaters Again?

  • Variety
Funny hasn’t equaled money this year at the nation’s multiplexes. Comedy fans seem to have largely turned to streaming fare, including Netflix romcoms, stand-up specials — and endless rewatches of “The Office.”

Universal is hoping to reverse this trend with the R-rated “Good Boys,” written by “The Office” veterans Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky and directed by Stupnitsky. It’s the story of three foul-mouthed sixth-grade boys who decide to skip school one day in order to prepare for a kissing party. Jacob Tremblay’s character borrows his father’s drone to spy on girls, a plan which backfires spectacularly.

In March, the studio returned to SXSW, as it did with “Neighbors” in 2014 and “Blockers” in 2018, to preview the nearly-completed “Good Boys.” Like last year’s “Eighth Grade,” it’s being promoted to adults, even thought it’s about 12-year-olds and the complexities of their friendship. So kids the
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Vampire Batman Returns in DC Halloween Special

Jim Dandy Jul 22, 2019

Secrets of Sinister House takes us back to Red Rain Batman just in time for Halloween.

Fifth weeks are odd beasts in the comics world. They throw off the natural rhythm of comic publishing, with one book every two or four weeks, and end up stacking some months ane leaving others barren. Fortunately, comic companies have found fun and creative ways to deal with them. Like having Bill Sienkiewicz ink a John Romita Jr. drawing of Vampire Batman from Red Rain chasing down a possibly envampired Joker.

Secrets of Sinister House is, like all of DC's seasonal anthology books, 80 pages of short stories, in and out of continuity, with mix and match creative teams that let us get introduced to some new creators and duck back into favorite continuities. Included in this anthology are:

- Rafael Scavone and Rafael Albuquerque telling a story with the above-mentioned
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DC Announces Superman: Man Of Tomorrow Movie At Comic-Con

As per usual, the talented folks behind DC’s animated movies didn’t disappoint when announcing the following year’s slate at San Diego Comic-Con. In case you hadn’t heard, 2020 will play host to the long-awaited Superman: Red Son adaptation and Justice League Dark: Apokolips War.

Also revealed to be on the way though is that of Superman: Man of Tomorrow, which was briefly touched upon following the world premiere screening of Batman: Hush. Like the recently released Justice League vs. The Fatal Five and the upcoming Wonder Woman: Bloodlines, this is an original story and won’t be based on any comic book in particular.

At present time, not much is known about the flick other than it’ll focus on a young Man of Steel early on in his career. Normally, I’d roll my eyes because we’d be getting yet another Superman origin story or something of the like,
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Comic-Con Crowd Tells ‘The Batman’ Director Matt Reeves ‘Don’t Screw Up Our Batman Movie’

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Comic-Con Crowd Tells ‘The Batman’ Director Matt Reeves ‘Don’t Screw Up Our Batman Movie’
If director Matt Reeves wasn’t worried about pressure from fans over his upcoming DC Comics movie “The Batman,” maybe he’d better start. Because on the first day of Comic-Con 2019, Bat-fans in San Diego told him bluntly “don’t screw up.”

The jab came Thursday during a completely unrelated panel, the 7th annual “Musical Anatomy of a Superhero” in Ballroom 20. Among the panelists in attendance was “Up” Oscar winner and composer Michael Giacchino, who in addition to scoring superhero films like “Doctor Strange” and “Spider-Man: Far From Home” also happens to be good friends with Reeves. So it is that Giacchino recorded a video for his pal, showing the huge Ballroom 20 audience shouting “Hey Matt, don’t screw up our Batman movie.”

“Nothing like a little encouragement,” Reeves said later when he posted the video on Twitter. Check it out below.

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Also Read: 'Agents of Shield' to End
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The Martian Manhunter and Lex Luthor Connection Deepens in Justice League

Jim Dandy Jul 15, 2019

Lex Luthor is leading the charge in DC's Year of the Villain, and Justice League reveals his new look.

We are living through a little bit of a Martian Manhunter renaissance right now. On the one hand, you’ve got Steve Orlando and Riley Rossmo’s terrific “Year One”-esque take on J’onn’s time on Mars and how that shaped the man he is today in his solo miniseries, Martian Manhunter. It’s a weird, fascinating story about Martian life that, of course, looks incredible as is to be expected from Rossmo’s art.

On the other hand, you have Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV’s Justice League. It’s approaching him kind of like the Timmverse/DC Animated Universe did: he’s quietly the most important person on the team. In the cartoon, he was rarely the focus - it was always about John and Shayera’s relationship,
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Superman: Year One #1 Review

This review contains spoilers.

In the past decade or so, the comic book medium sure has seen its share of Superman origin stories. Though Birthright was still fresh in our memories, that didn’t stop Secret Origin, Earth One, American Alien or Grant Morrison’s Action Comics run from happening. And while there was a connective thread of sorts, each brought something new to the table. If any of them managed to break new ground, it was most certainly American Alien, though that take is hardly getting in the last word.

Now, as part of DC’s Black Label initiative, industry legends in writer Frank Miller and artist John Romita Jr. look to leave their everlasting mark on the Last Son of Krypton’s enduring mythos with Superman: Year One. But as much as I enjoyed the stories listed above, I can’t be alone in thinking yet another examination
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Panel Discussion #54: Top Picks for the Week of 6/12/2019

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Welcome back to another installment of Panel Discussion, this time featuring Dan’s top picks for this week in comics.

Before I get into what this article is I need to get into what it is not. First I am basing this list not off of my thoughts on each issue rather my expectations. Based on my knowledge of the creators, the series, and in some cases just the concepts I created a list of five comics I am most looking forward to this new comic book day.

Also, this is not a speculation article. I am not saying these comics are ‘Key’ issues you can flip in eBay. Ultimately when I walk into my local comic shop on New Comic Book Day these are the five books I am most looking forward to reading. I will try to balance it out by including some concerns I have with each issue as well.
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It’s Now Official! Robert Pattinson Will Be Our New Batman

Over the last few weeks, there has been a ton speculation as to whether or not we would see Twilight actor Robert Pattinson taking on the role of Batman. The news was a but confirmed until we learned that both Pattinson and actor Nicholas Hoult both went into the studio for yet another audition before the final decision was made about who would eventually be portraying the caped crusader.

It is now completely certain that actor Robert Pattinson will be the next Batman, as he has been officially chosen by Warner Bros. and will be replacing Ben Affleck once the contract has been signed. The upcoming reboot is scheduled for release on June 25, 2021, and will be directed by Matt Reeves.

The tweet below says it all:

pic.twitter.com/2AaQaexvUF

— Matt Reeves (@mattreevesLA) June 3, 2019

The new prince of Gotham will play a younger Batman than Ben Affleck and Christian Bale.
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Robert Pattinson Lands Lead Role in Matt Reeves’ ‘The Batman’

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Robert Pattinson Lands Lead Role in Matt Reeves’ ‘The Batman’
Robert Pattinson is in negotiations to star as the Dark Knight in Matt Reeves’ “The Batman,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Pattinson was previously on a short list along with Nicholas Hoult to star as the Caped Crusader, but Warner Bros. has officially selected Pattinson over Hoult for the role, the individual said.

Reeves took over the directing gig after Ben Affleck stepped away from the role. Affleck was also expected to play Batman again but then said he would be hanging up the cape for good. Reeves has since described the film as a “defining” and “very personal” story about the Dark Knight, rather than an origin story in the vein of Frank Miller’s beloved “Year One” series.

Also Read: No Batman Cast, But Robert Pattinson and Nicholas Hoult Are Contenders

Pattinson most recently starred in “High Life,” “Good Time,” and “Water for Elephants,
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Review: Olivia Wilde's Debut Comedy 'Booksmart' Makes the Grade

Olivia Wilde. The American actress, who derived her stage name from Irish author Oscar Wilde, is best known for her roles on television series including "The O.C." and "House", and in films like Tron: Legacy, Cowboys & Aliens, Year One, In Time, Drinking Buddies, and Rush. Now, the talented star of stage and screen is working behind the camera. After directing the shorts Free Hugs (2011), Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros: No Love Like Yours (2016), and Red Hot Chili Peppers: Dark Necessities (2016), Wilde is making her feature-length directorial debut with Booksmart, an uproarious and unfiltered coming-of-age comedy that's equal parts Superbad, Lady Bird, Can't Hardly Wait, and Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, filled to the brim with a bevy of top-notch performances from an ensemble of young, up-and-coming stars. Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein (of Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising and Lady Bird) star as Amy and Molly, ...
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No Batman Cast, But Robert Pattinson and Nicholas Hoult Are Contenders

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No Batman Cast, But Robert Pattinson and Nicholas Hoult Are Contenders
No one has been cast as Batman for Matt Reeves’ upcoming “The Batman,” but Robert Pattinson is among the actors on a short list for the role, two insiders with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap.

A Variety headline Thursday said that Pattinson would play the role, and the accompanying story said he was “in negotiations” for the part, one of the most desired in Hollywood. Deadline subsequently reported that both Pattinson and Nicholas Hoult were on a short list for the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman.

Three insiders told TheWrap that no deal is in place with Pattinson. One insider told TheWrap that Pattinson and Hoult were both great options, but that no decision has been made and nothing is official.

Also Read: Matt Reeves' 'The Batman' Gets Summer 2021 Release Date

Reps for Reeves and Pattinson did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and a
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Batman: Hush Blu-ray Release Date And Bonus Content Revealed

Now that the likes of Year One, The Dark Knight Returns, The Killing Joke and Under the Red Hood are out of the way, it’s long overdue that Batman: Hush be adapted as an animated film. Not only does the source material remain my favorite comic book story arc to feature the Caped Crusader, but it also serves as a perfect jumping on point because it includes so many essential characters.

Fortunately, we won’t have to wait much longer for it to arrive, as the flick will be made available digitally beginning on July 2oth, with 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack releases set to follow on August 13th. Additionally, it’ll also hit the DC Universe streaming service on the latter date given.

When it comes to the voice cast, Jason O’Mara returns for yet another adventure as the Dark Knight himself. Jennifer Morrison,
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Arrow’s Final Season Will Include A Retrospective Episode

Even though this past Monday’s season finale of Arrow could’ve just as easily functioned as a series finale in many respects, the fact of the matter is that we still have a truncated final year ahead of us. Plus, Oliver Queen is fated to make the ultimate sacrifice during this fall’s “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover event.

Right now, it remains to be seen if season 8 will be as grounded as previous offerings, or if it’ll gear more toward the direction of science fiction. Either way, The CW’s President, Mark Pedowitz, revealed something exciting today during the network’s upfronts, saying:

Arrow is ten episodes, plus a retrospective to celebrate the eighth season.”

Okay, we already knew about the ten-episode duration, but the bit about a retrospective episode is pretty cool. If any series currently airing deserves that treatment, it’s most certainly Arrow. I mean,
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Disney+ Promises Innovative Spinoffs of Beloved Franchises

  • Indiewire
When Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige spoke to investors during Disney’s presentation of its upcoming streaming service yesterday, one thing he mentioned was this: “We’re extremely enthusiastic about the opportunities that Disney+ supplies.”

This was in the context of describing how his brand’s superheroes would be showcased in the original series being created for the platform. “These are new long-form stories in ways we’ve never done before,” he said.

However Disney’s massive initiative to unite all its brands under one umbrella might play out, one thing’s for certain — it isn’t taking chances, and the announced projects represent an innovative way of representing what each of these stalwart properties means to fans.

For “Star Wars,” the new Disney+ projects that have been announced largely serve to expand upon what we know about a galaxy far, far away, with “The Mandalorian” (debuting with the service
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