Most people would do anything to play Batman, but Josh Brolin says that he’s glad that he didn’t get that part in the DC Extended Universe.
“We indirectly talked about it, but we never got to the point because I wasn’t the guy for him,” Brolin said, referring to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder. “I’m really glad it didn’t happen. I haven’t thought twice about it.”
He mentioned that he avoided a lot of comic book movies in general after the failure of Jonah Hex and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. “Is it deliberate? Almost. It’s not that I turned them down. It’s just not what I wanted to do at that moment. The bigger things, I just stayed away from.”
That might seem odd, given that at the moment, the public is eagerly awaiting the release of Avengers: Infinity War and Deadpool 2, wherein Brolin will be starring as the Mad Titan Thanos and Cable, respectively. So clearly, while he has some comic book duds in his record, overall the genre has been very good to him.
He did not elaborate why he’s particularly glad about turning down a role as the Caped Crusader, but many will assume it has to do with the poor reception of the DCEU thus far; aside from Wonder Woman, all have been divisive, and they have not always been as profitable as their studios wanted, either. The Marvel Cinematic Universe and Deadpool, however, have both been surprise successes.
The Batman role was instead given to Ben Affleck, and while Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was generally not well received, his acting was. He is rumored to want to leave the franchise himself, though, and word is that Warner Bros. is on the lookout for someone to replace him.
Matt Reeves, director of the upcoming DC Extended Universe film The Batman took time on Twitter to discuss some of his favorite stories featuring the Caped Crusader.
“There are many… I love Year One, The Long Halloween, Dark Victory, Ego… Many others… Neal Adams is awesome… Love the original Kane and Finger… I could go on…!” he said, answering a fan.
Batman: Year One, Batman: The Long Halloween and Batman: Dark Victory are all in the same continuity, and the first two in particular are frequent additions to fans’ lists of favorites. The former tells of Batman’s origins and how he developed the trademarks of the persona that fans recognize today; the second is about Batman’s hunt for a killer called Holiday, with Dark Victory a sequel dealing with its aftermath and Dick Grayson’s origin as Robin.
Batman: Ego is a bit of a surprise, as it is a lesser-known story and a bit of a trippy one, largely made up of “Bruce Wayne” arguing with “Batman” inside the character’s fracturing mind. There is no major mystery or crime-fighting like in the other books, but instead a thorough exploration of what his dual identity means and what he can and cannot do.
Neal Adams was a major writer of the “Bronze Age,” who created Ra’s al-Ghul and recreated the Joker and Two-Face as legitimately interesting and scary villains. Kane and Finger, of course, are the original creators of Batman from back in the Golden Age.
Reeves is set to direct an upcoming Batman film for the DCEU, and says that he is working on ideas and scripts, though production is unlikely to start for a while. Not much of his plans is known, except that he says that he wants his story to be a noir-ish take on the character that emphasizes his detective skills. The above stories are generally consistent with that.
Chris McKay, who is set to direct an upcoming Nightwing movie for the DC Extended Universe, says that he has no plans to leave the franchise unless the studio makes him go.
This comes shortly after it was announced that Joss Whedon, who previously co-directed Justice League with Zack Snyder, would not be directing a Batgirl film as was decided last year. It was one of many changes that have been done to directors so far, as Warner Bros. continually tries to find a winning formula for its floundering franchise.
When one fan on Twitter said that McKay would probably wind up leaving Nightwing, the director responded by saying “I’m pretty sure WB are going to have to fire me if they want me to leave Nightwing…..”
While there is no set date for the movie to begin production, McKay has told fans that he is working on the project. In particular there has been a lot of buzz about who will play the main character, with hints that casting announcements may be coming in the near future.
“Nightwing” is one of the superhero aliases of Dick Grayson, whom casual fans may know better as Batman’s first sidekick, Robin. In the comics, Dick eventually grew up and began his own superhero career under the new name, though he still teams up with his old mentor often. Batman, meanwhile, has since trained several other Boy Wonders, most notably his biological son, Damian Wayne.
McKay has experience with the Batfamily, having directed last year’s popular Lego Batman Movie, which featured a young, happy-go-lucky version of Dick. Many fans are looking forward to seeing his take on him grown up, so hopefully he will, indeed, stick around to show them.
Spinning the disastrous box office of Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment’s Justice League film cannot be done with any credibility. The film failed to connect with audiences and critics. The departure of director Zack Snyder due to a personal crisis has been blamed for some of the film’s failure. Replacing a director doesn’t usually lead to the creation of a well-crafted finished film. Rumors recently emerged that Snyder did shoot enough footage that his version of the film could be edited and released on home video. Warner Bros., however, has zero interest in releasing the Zack Snyder cut of a film ultimately completed by Joss Whedon.
Warner Bros. noted that significant special effects work, editing, and sound mixing would be required to release the Zack Snyder cut in an acceptable version. Since the theatrical version of the film failed to break even, Warner Bros. doubtfully wishes to spend millions upon millions of dollars on a DVD/Blu-ray that won’t make its extra costs back.
Interestingly, rumors recently emerged that a far more complete version of the Snyder cut does exist. If this version didn’t require editing or mixing, then releasing it wouldn’t come with added cost. Don’t look for Warner Bros. to release such a DVD even if Snyder’s cut truly is a complete version. Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment want to put the disastrous release of Justice League back into the past. Releasing a better version of the official one simply draws more attention to the current cinematic woes facing heroes of DC Comics. DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. need Aquaman, Shazam!, and Wonder Woman 2 to perform quite well at the box office. Anything that reminds fans that Warner and DC Entertainment delivers duds doesn’t help the cause.
That said, the Zack Snyder cut may eventually be released in the future. However, that time could be many years away.
Marv Wolfman, co-creator of the DC Comics character Deathstroke, has praised his usage in the recent DC Extended Universe film Justice League.
Posting a picture of him on his Facebook page, Wolfman wrote “Photo courtesy of Joe Manganiello who looks like he stepped right out of the pages of New Teen Titans. Does he look perfect or what? Cannot wait to see where he appears next.”
He also advises people to “stay to the very, very end,” alluding to the fact that Manganiello’s Deathstroke only appears in the film’s second and final post-credits scene.
Deathstroke the Terminator, real name Slade Wilson, is an assassin who originally focused on fighting the Teen Titans, though he has since expanded into a more general DC Comics antagonist and anti-hero. A scientific experiment gave him enhanced physical abilities, and he has his own peculiar moral code that makes him a more interesting villain than just a plain, thoughtless killer.
In the Justice League post-credits scene, Deathstroke meets with Lex Luthor (played by Jesse Eisenberg), who is revealed to have escaped prison and left a body double in his place. The two discuss the recent formation of the Justice League, and Luthor suggests that they begin “a league of our own,” implying some sort of villain team-up in a sequel film.
In the DCEU, Deathstroke is apparently an antagonist of Ben Affleck’s Batman; he was originally slated to appear in The Batman solo film, though at this point his involvement is up in the air.
Justice League was the first time that fans could see Deathstroke in a live-action movie, but he is no stranger to adaptations: he was one of the chief antagonists of the Teen Titans cartoon, had a smaller part in Young Justice, appeared in several of the DC Universe Animated Original Movies and was a recurring antagonist on the Arrow TV show.