Jeffrey Dean Morgan On Wanting To Play Batman In Flashpoint

Ever since the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice fans have been speculating about the role of Thomas Wayne in the future of the DC extended universe. Originally played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan it would be a no brainer that if the character was to ever return it would be him that would play the role of Thomas Wayne again. While Thomas Wayne died in Dawn of Justice (obviously) the future for the character certainly isn’t dead. A huge reason for this is because DC’s future Flash movie was revealed to be called ‘Flashpoint’. Now of course with the name ‘Flashpoint’ titled after one of the most popular graphic novels ever some would expect the film to follow along the same lines of the comic. With Flashpoint the timeline is messed up by Barry Allen who attempts to go back in time and prevent the murder of his Mother. Not knowing the ramifications of these actions on the rest of the universe. One of the biggest changes that see is that instead of Thomas Wayne dying in the alleyway is its Bruce who doesn’t survive. This results in Thomas Wayne taking up the role of the iconic hero. However, unlike the Bruce Wayne/Batman we’ve come to love in previous iterations, this Thomas Wayne is a broken man. Still hurt by Bruce’s death he’s enraged and resorts to alcohol to numb his pain. Now I won’t giveaway the whole story for those haven’t read it yet. But I would highly recommend reading it as it provides a take on Batman we’ve never seen before.

So with a theatrical Flash film titled ‘Flashpoint’ would this film follow in the same footsteps? There is one person who hopes it does and that’s Thomas Wayne himself, Jeffrey Dean Morgan who in a recent interview with TotalFilm stated:

“And what I know about the Flashpoint Batman is, you know, for me, I think he is not only the darkest of the Batmen, but the coolest. And I love his whole storyline and who he is and the tortured soul of it all.”

As for actually wanting to play Batman on the big screen he stated:

We’ll see. I mean, look, DC is DC and they’ll figure out what they’re going to do next. But I’m highly aware of the character, I will say that. I’m highly aware of the character, and it would probably be a thrill of a lifetime to put on the Batsuit.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan actually goes on to say him and Zack Snyder have actually talked about the role in the past:

“Look, I’m not going to lie. Zack Snyder and I talked about doing Batman together when we did Watchmen. I think it was both he and I’s favorite character and favorite story.

While I love what I’ve seen from Jeffrey Dean Morgan in the likes of Watchmen and The Walking Dead, I don’t want a Flashpoint movie yet. The idea is great don’t great me wrong, plus I think he would make a great Thomas Wayne/Batman. Looking t the DC universe as a whole this movie is way too soon especially for the character of The Flash. If they’re going with the Flashpoint storyline this film is going to inflict some major changed in the DC universe. There have been constant rumours that the studio will use this film to recast Ben Affleck’s Batman which is a ridiculous is you as me. It shouldn’t take one of your biggest storylines in comics to do it.

That’s just my 2 cents on the whole situation, it’s nice to see how passionate Jeffrey Dean Morgan is about the potential role. I know from experience too a couple of months ago I posted some fan art of him as Batman on Twitter and he liked it.

Let me know what you think down below

Do you think he would make a good Batman?

Is it too soon for a Flashpoint movie?

Justice League Home Release To Come With ‘Bonus Scenes’

Warner Bros. Justice League is set to be released on Blu-ray March 13th while the Digital HD release will arrive earlier on February 13th. Warner Bros. announced this news with a new mini trailer promoting the Blu-ray release date. What’s interesting to note from the trailer is that the Blu-ray is set to be released with ‘Bonus Scenes’ yes plural! By the end of the trailer we are teased with a bonus Superman scene. It’s hard to tell what is going on in this scene but speculation has led to fans thinking this is where Superman gets his suit back after his resurrection. That would make sense because that part was skipped over in the theatrical cut. No one really knows how he got his suit back, hopefully this will provide some answers. I will also be interested to see what other bonus scenes they will also include. Personally I would love to see more scenes with Aquaman in Atlantis which we didn’t get enough of in the theatrical cut. As of right now the studio hasn’t hinted at all of a ‘directors cut’ or ‘Zack Snyder cut’ being released in the near future.

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Confirmed Blu-ray art box (via Warner Bros.)

Here is a list of details of what is going to be included in the Blu-ray and standard DVD version: (via. Collider)

Justice League 4k Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack contains the following special features:

  • Road to Justice

o   Journey alongside DC comic creators as they explore over fifty years of the Justice League, from comic books to animated adventures to their cinematic debut.

  • Heart of Justice

o   Discover the heart, soul and mind of the Justice League, as the cast and filmmakers share their admiration for DC’s iconic Trinity: Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman.

  • Technology of the Justice League

o   From Batman’s arsenal to Cyborg’s alien tech, interface with the Justice League database to learn their most advanced secrets.

  • Justice League: The New Heroes

o   Join Ray Fisher on a personal tour to meet the newest members of the Justice League: Aquaman, the Flash and Cyborg.

  • The Return of Superman

o   Bonus scenes not seen in theaters

  • Steppenwolf the Conqueror

o   Join actor Ciarán Hinds and the filmmakers as they reveal the story behind mankind’s ancient enemy and the Justice League’s greatest challenge.

  • Scene Studies: Revisiting the Amazons

o   Take a closer look at the filmmaking process behind Justice League’s most visually exciting and action-packed sequences

  • Scene Studies: Wonder Woman’s Rescue

o   Take a closer look at the filmmaking process behind Justice League’s most visually exciting and action-packed sequences

  • Scene Studies: Heroes Park

o   Take a closer look at the filmmaking process behind Justice League’s most visually exciting and action-packed sequences

  • Scene Studies: The Tunnel Battle

o   Take a closer look at the filmmaking process behind Justice League’s most visually exciting and action-packed sequences

  • Suit Up: The Look of the League

o   Costume Designer Michael Wilkinson explores the innovation and artistry that goes into creating the costumes of DC’s iconic heroes. 

Justice League” Standard Definition DVD contains the following special features:

  • Road to Justice
  • Heart of Justice
  • Technology of the Justice League
  • Justice League: The New Heroes
  • Steppenwolf the Conqueror
  • Scene Studies: Revisiting the Amazons
  • Scene Studies: Wonder Woman’s Rescue
  • Scene Studies: Heroes Park
  • Scene Studies: The Tunnel Battle
  • Suit Up: The Look of the League

Will you be buying Justice League when it releases on Blu-ray? Let me know down below

HD Digital Release: February 13th

Blu-ray/DVD: March 13th

 

John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein In Talks to Direct The Flash Movie

According to Variety John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are in talks with Warner Bros. to direct the solo Flash movie starring Ezra Miller. Given the pairs background in film it looks to be a reasonable choice as they were the script writers for one of the most successful movies of last year Spider-Man: Homecoming. The studio are hoping that they will bring some of what they brought to the Spider-Man film to the Flash as they ‘eye a comedic tone for the film’. It’s also interesting to note that the studio also approached Ben Affleck to direct the Flash movie who actually turned it down. As someone who loved Argo and The Town which Affleck directed, It would’ve been interesting to see what he would have brought to the Flash.

Either way as a huge fan of the Flash it’s great to see that this film is being pushed into production by the studio. After seeing numerous directors leave the film I was worried for the future of the project but they look to be going in the right direction now and rightly so! Ezra Miller’s portrayal of the Flash and Barry Allen in Justice League became a fan favourite for many. Personally I can’t wait to see Ezra Miller as the Flash starring in his own movie because in a short time he has already shown what he can bring to the role.

Click here to read the full article from Variety 

Who do you think of this latest news? Let me know down below

Fabian Wagner confirms scenes of Superman in a black suit were shot for Justice League

For huge Superman fans like myself the return of the Man of Steel was one of the most anticipated moments in this year’s Justice League film. Looking back at the comic book history of the character with the death and return of Superman fans were expecting to see him return in a black suit. This was also heavily teased by Henry Cavill on Instagram who shortly after the release of Dawn of Justice posted what looked to be a close up of a black Superman suit with the hashtag #Superman. One year later to the fans dismay there was no black suit to be seen when Superman eventually returned in Justice League. Shortly after the release of the film a lot of information started to leak about storylines that were changed/scrapped. One of those leaks which I was particularly interested in was the claims of there not being a black suit in the script at all from the start. Now granted a lot of this information at the time came from a Reddit user so we have to take it with a grain of salt. However just yesterday it was confirmed by Fabian Wagner (Director of photography for Justice League) that there was scenes of Superman shot with the black suit which were eventually cut.

Fabian Wagner told Inverse in a interview:

Wagner on the black suit: “There were [scenes shot],” Wagner said. “It’s a cool looking costume. Sadly, we didn’t see that either in the final cut.”

Wagner on scenes that were cut in general: “Zack takes his time with telling the stories, and I’ve always liked that about his movies. There are a few scenes that I was very much looking forward to seeing which unfortunately got cut.”

(Via. Inverse.com)

For some this new information will further frustrate fans who were already calling for a Zack Snyder cut of this film to be released in the future. Personally as a huge Superman fan although I would have loved to have seen the black suit these are just small issues to me. A huge part of me has just accepted what we were given and it is what it is. Maybe the use of the black suit and the beard would have allowed the studio to avoid the whole moustache fiasco. At the end of the day I’m just a fan and I have no idea of what type of pressure and stress comes with the making of a project of this size.

All I ask from Warner Bros. is in the future to learn from their mistakes and just let their selected director finish their vision of the project.

Let me know what you think of these recent developments below.

Did you want to see Superman return in the black suit? Were you let down?

What should Warner Bros. do next with the DCEU?

If you were to tell me a couple of years ago that the first ever Justice League movie would make $96 million over its first weekend box office I’d call you crazy (making it the lowest box office opening of all the DCEU projects). As big of a DC fan I am and how much I like the film itself I can’t help but agree that this is a somewhat of a disappointment. Is it a total failure as some people are making it out to be? When you compare it to Thor Ragnarok’s numbers which made $122million in its first weekend you could see why some people are calling it that. I’m actually the type of person who doesn’t care at all about box office numbers. When someone says this movie is amazing or bad because it made $10 million or $100 million I usually just tune them out. The only reason why I’m writing this article is because Warner Bros. as a company has a track record of drastically responding to numbers and criticism.

Don’t believe me? let me just give you guys a few examples;

  1. People hated Dawn of Justice but they loved Ben Affleck’s performance, so they gave him his own Batman film which they would let him write and direct it. (any coincidence that he was taken off the project as both director and writer after the performance of his film ‘Live by Night? )
  2. Just look at the drastic changes they made to Suicide Squad because of the backlash Dawn of Justice received.
  3. People hated Suicide Squad but they loved Harley Quinn so they gave her own film with Catwoman and Poison Ivy ‘Gotham City Sirens’. (pretty sure there was also rumours of Deadshot getting his own movie too because of the response Will Smith’s performance)
  4. The one that frustrated me the most was the response to the criticism of Dawn of Justice’s runtime which left us with a two hour Justice League film.
  5. Not to mention the countless films that seem to be in the pipeline which have been officially/unofficially announced.

So what does Warner Bros. do next? How do they respond to the poor Box office numbers and criticisms to Justice League?

Look I get that they want to get the critics on their side but apart from Wonder Woman it just hasn’t worked so far. With Justice League it felt like they were appealing to the masses a bit too much rather than just focusing on a film that they wanted to create from the start. I personally feel that people didn’t go out to see Justice League because they were burnt by the previous DCEU films. There wasn’t really an established universe going into this film. Maybe we should of had a solo Flash and Aquaman film prior to Justice League. One could also argue that we are actually suffering from superhero movie fatigue but I’ll leave that topic for another day.

Currently what’s next for the DCEU is Aquaman which is coming out in December 2018. Now Aquaman has just finished shooting, so there’s no doubt in my mind we will see this film next year. I’ve seen some people say why don’t they just move the date up? Given DC only has one project throughout the whole of next year. That would be the worst thing to do, just look at how rushed and incomplete some of the CGI in Justice League was. Aquaman too is a film that will undergo reshoots just like any other Hollywood film so we have to keep that it mind when asking to push up its release date. Plus how many more December’s in the future are we going to have without a Star Wars film being released, it looks like they have the perfect release date for me.

After that we have Shazam which is set for a 2019 release in April which I will definitely be watching. I’m just worried about how the masses are going to respond to this film, do they even know who this character is? How many people will go out and watch it especially after Justice League’s performance? On the surface with this film it does look like they are targeting the hardcore fans but if it underperforms what are the chances we will get a sequel? Marvel on the other hand have put nearly 10 years into building a universe which allows them to create films such as Black Panther, Ant-Man, Captain Marvel which aren’t their staple characters but people will run out to go and see them. The biggest difference to me is Marvel has built trust with their core audience as well as with the masses.

As for right now Warner Bros. need to just stay the course, don’t reboot now. Also take one film at a time, it feels like every month they are announcing a new film. However I’d hope that they are trying everything behind the scenes to get this Batman film up and running. Ultimately what they need figure out first is who are they making these films for? Is it for the critics/mass audience or the core fans? At the end of the day if its for the critics and mass audience it seems to impacting their creative process which leaves both the fans and the critics unsatisfied.

Let me know your thoughts down below?

Am I being too harsh? Should we cut them some slack? Am I out of my depth with this topic?

At the end of the day I just want to see the DCEU thrive

(P.S. I really liked Justice League)