When Ben Affleck stepped down from directing The Batman and Matt Reeves took over the director’s chair, a lot of us were wondering if Reeves was still going to use the script penned by Affleck and Geoff Johns for the film. Well, thanks to comments Reeves made on MTV’s podcastHappy Sad Confused, we now know what the answer to that question is — he’s not.
Reeves apparently wanted to start fresh, and who can blame him. There’s only so much creative freedom in directing one of these shared universe films, and you need to grab it where you can. The director describes the new story for The Batman as a noir tale diving into the Dark Knight’s psychology.
In Affleck and Johns’s script, Deathstroke was the villain (with Joe Manganiello cast to play the part). There is no word as to whether or not Reeves’s new direction will use the character or the casting though. As Manganiello is a talented actor, it’d be disappointing to lose him.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we deal with the ongoing move of our production studio, mourn the passing of Adam West, go through the highlights of E3, discuss the changes coming to Pokemon Go, review the confusing situation surrounding the Venom movie (and how it MIGHT still be MCU adjacent), and consider Wizard World’s money problems.
There are a few technical difficulties in the video too, but at least the audio version is largely clean?
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The Hollywood reporter has confirmed that Adam West, star of the all time funniest version of the Dark Knight, passed away last night after a short battle with leukemia.
West was not the first actor to play Batman in live action, but he was easily the most memorable. The 1966 Batman show was one of the funniest TV shows of the era, thanks in no small part to West’s deadpan delivery in the face of the cartoon world he existed in. Its hard to understate his importance to making the Caped Crusader a household name.
Adam West, of course, did plenty of voice work in his later years, making quite the comedic comeback after decades of not being able to find work after Batman was canceled.
Adam West will continue to be loved by Bat-fans of all ages, and it is with great sincerity that we send our condolences to his family and friends.
Batman and Harley Quinn is bucking the doom and gloom trend of DC’s straight to video animated features of late. In fact, with the new trailer (which we can watch courtesy of Entertainment Weekly) it’s clear that they’re taking the animated franchise back to its roots — or at least its renaissance.
You see, Batman and Harley Quinn is animated in the style of the classic 1990s Batman the Animated Series, and to boot it features Kevin Conroy and Loren Lester as Batman and Nightwing reprising their respective roles. Honestly, the whole thing looks pretty awesome.
Batman and Harley Quinn is expected to come out this July.
On this, our officially longest ever episode of Nerd & Tie, we celebrate Invader Zim‘s impending return, discuss John Simm’s returning as The Master on Doctor Who, lose our minds over the New Warriors television show (featuring Squirrel Girl), contemplate Rainn Wilson’s casting as Harry Mudd on Star Trek: Discovery, and speculate on the possibility of a Joss Whedon written/directed Batgirl movie.
Then we tackle the con scene, where Angry Goat Productions continues to do things that are absolutely insane, and AnachroCon’s management seems to have devolved into complete anarchy. We also talk about the great time we had at Karoshi Con, and look forward to No Brand Con.
Plus, y’know, there’s a mailbag. This episode is just full of stuff.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we discuss how Bill Paxton’s passing, Mystery Science Theater 3000‘s new season getting a release date, the addition of Generation 2 to Pokemon Go, Matt Reeves taking over The Batman, Syfy launching reality series Cosplay Melee, how “Jedi” is plural in The Last Jedi, and how Angry Goat Productions quietly cancelled their Sailor Moon Themed events.
Because who would have guessed that the company that cancels all of their events would cancel another.
The conventional wisdom at Warner Bros seems to be that the easiest way to print money is to make a superhero movie that in some way involves Batman. With that in mind, it is no surprised that they are currently putting together a film based on original-Robin Dick Grayson, better known for the last few decades as Nightwing.
The film is being written by Bill Dubuque, and Warner Bros is currently pursuing director Chris McKay to take the film’s helm. McKay is, of course, no stranger to Dick Grayson or the world surrounding the Dark Knight as he recently directed The Lego Batman Movie (which is in theaters now). Tapping the director of one of the most critically acclaimed Batman movies seems like a no brainer, even if was a comedic take on the character.
Honestly, I have high hopes for this, though it’s so early in development all of this may disappear into the ether at any moment.
So we’re a little behind on posting news this week (mostly because I was without electricity for most of Thursday), but the biggest piece of news to come out was that Warner Bros has announced a new director for their forthcoming Batman solo film The Batman. Starring Ben Affleck, who stepped down from the director’s chair himself almost a month ago, the film will be now be directed by Matt Reeves.
Reeves is best known to audiences for directing Cloverfield, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes. Ever since Affleck stepped down there were rumors that Reeves would take the reigns, and while negotiations were allegedly pretty strained, they seem to have worked everything out.
No word on whether or not they’ll be still using the script penned by Affleck and Geoff Johns, but Reeves is a solid director and we’re pretty optimistic about the film still.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we mourn the passing of Richard Hatch, celebrate the joy that is The Lego Batman Movie, consider Ben Affleck’s departure from The Batman‘s director’s chair, and prematurely miss Peter Capaldi leaving Doctor Who. Then it’s on to the con scene, where Eternal Con organizer Frank Patz has gotten himself banned from New York Comic Con (and all ReedPop events), STX Brazos Valley Comic Con guests are getting charged for hotel rooms that were supposedly paid for, and Crunchyroll has decided that Northern California totally needs another anime convention.
Just like most of us need another hole in the head.
One of the few things we’ve been looking forward to in the DCEU is the solo-Batman film starring Ben Affleck. Affleck, who is cowriter on the film, was originally slated to direct as well, but this sadly seems to be no longer the case. In an article published by Variety:
“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.”
No word on who will take over the director’s seat, but the studio is apparently working off a shortlist and has a direction they want to go.
Honestly, it’s a little bit disappointing that Affleck is stepping down as director. He’s shown talent at the task, and having a solid, singular creative voice behind the film would probably make it stronger. That said, there’s a lot of pressure in just playing an iconic role like Batman, and it’s probably a lot of pressure for one person to be responsible for that big a project.
We’re still going to be excited for this film either way.