A highly credible source has been vocal over the last two days about an early screening of the upcoming film, Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice (March 2016). According to Den Of Geek, Batman v Superman was viewed by the head honchos over at Warner Brothers and DC Entertainment, ending with a ravenous applause. The source claims that the film is not in its final state and that the shown cut is near completion, but open for editing. As the film concluded, all in attendance gave a standing ovation so loud it could have brought a corporate skyscraper down with them.
Reportedly, executives were blown away by the film itself, but more specifically Ben Affleck’s performance as Bruce Wayne/Batman. They have pushed back upcoming releases for Ben such as The Accountant for months to presumably give Affleck more time for his Batman role in the DC Cinematic Extended Universe. He is not only set to star in Batman v Superman, but Justice League Part One in 2017. He will also appear in the August 2016 blockbuster Suicide Squad, which will give fans their first look at Jared Leto’s Joker. The actors have hefty task ahead of them following the popularity and success of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy, starring Christian Bale as Batman and the late Heath Ledger as the Joker.
Warner Brothers was so ecstatic about their new incarnation of the Batman, that they are labeling him the “quid-essential” Batman and are trying to work out a way to enable Ben to helm his own trilogy of movies. It has been previously documented that Ben will work closely with head creative officer of DC comics, Geoff Jones, on his upcoming solo film. No release date or any other official word has come from either studio, but as March 2016 draws closer, word is more and more likely to come down.
Ben Affleck is playing a 45 year old, emotionally broken, and retired Bruce Wayne in the first DC interconnected universe. With the arrival of Superman in Man of Steel (2013), Bruce decides it is time to return as Batman in order to take on this all-powerful alien that has dominated the world’s media and political sectors. Originally, it was indicated that the range of DC characters would be the main pillars of the newly spawned cinematic universe, but according to recent reports, Warner Brothers believes that everything else revolves around the foundation of Affleck’s Batman.
Personally, I have always been a “Batfleck” supporter, despite the bashing of his casting all over social media for the last two years. I think he fits the Bruce Wayne mold perfectly, especially since this is a take on the character that utilizes an older age to show his wisdom. I think a trilogy would be fantastic for the DC comics world and for film in general. We can only hope that his performance (and the films) are as good as being proclaimed. DC is set to release at least ten films through 2020 around what Marvel has done with their heroes and stories, and it all seems to be riding on Mr. Affleck. I have faith, but no one will be able to know until March 26, 2016 and beyond.
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