The guys are back this week to talk some not-so-nice news about DC Films and the upcoming solo bat flick, The Batman. It’s no news at this point that Ben Affleck has stepped down as director of The Batman, but what does this mean for DC Films and upcoming Batman titles? Hang out with Justin, Kyle, and Tom and speculate the many possibilities that the future may hold for the DC film universe!
Episode 80 we sit down and chat with the current Batman Beyond artist Bernard Chang. We dive deep into his early career and his current and amazing work on Batman Beyond.
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Ben Affleck has stepped down as the director of the upcoming Batman film. In a statement reported by Variety, Affleck said the following:
“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.”
This is far from good news, but the facts here are: Ben Affleck is not going to direct the next Batman movie, he will still be playing Bruce Wayne, and he is looking for a director that he feels comfortable working with. While he will not be in the director’s chair, Affleck by all accounts is still the primary script writer, star, and most likely executive producer on the picture. From a personal point of view, I think there is plenty of reason to remain optimistic, even if cautiously optimistic. Hopefully we will be getting an announcement very quickly as to who the new director will be. In the meantime, we have to come to grips with the fact that not everything is sunshine and roses at the Brothers Warner when it comes to the DC Extended Universe. But as someone once remarked, the night is darkest just before the dawn.
WOW! What a night! Did you see all those Harley Quinns? Batmen and Supermen! Jokers and Jack Sparrows—but best of all, that Gotham episode! How did this year’s traditional scarefest top eating candy to your heart’s content? Read on to find out!
The good news:
Tetch is finally reaching the end of his rope. He grabbed his sister’s body and drained her of the last of her poisoned blood. The very, very little of the marketing I saw for Season 3 did nothing to whet my appetite for his character other than the fact that we’d be seeing a Mad Hatter. Now he’s easily become one of the most interesting villains we’ve seen. Ever rhyming (kudos to the writers for bothering with that) he schemes to poison the most powerful people in Gotham with his sister’s blood.
Jim Gordon has to come to grips with his messed up head (and boy does he deliver). He hallucinates facing his demons after lying to Lee about saving her last episode and even Bullock angrily asserting that Jim’s “scared” of the badge. He goes through an elevator with a completely seductive and even vulnerable Barbara. (I have to watch some season 1 episodes again—I’m forgetting what she was like before she was crazy). It was haunting and emotional to see Jim experience life with Lee and kids, failure to Bruce and a tear-jerking conversation with his dad. All hallucinations, all realistic and touching.
Jim Gordon returns as a detective to the GCPD following his soul-searching quest. Finally.
Tetch gets captured and fails to poison the Gotham power heads. Duh.
Penguin, instead of killing Nygma’s girlfriend, tells her that Ed was in Arkham in an attempt to break them up, but it only makes their relationship stronger. They’re made for each other, which means Penguin might ruin it by killing her. The cliché is that Penguin kills people and tantrums when he’s denied what he wants. So hopefully the writers avoid that.
I totally forgot in last episode’s review that Bruce kissed Selina. Now they’re having a little date that she’s late for because “it’s weird for me.” So now she’s in a relationship with a plank of wood. Because that sums up the acting skills we’re getting from Mazouz’s side of this thing. Honestly just watch her. She’s the only one who’s obviously taken classes or just has the talent to show range of emotions and enunciate, say her lines differently each time etc.
The bad news:
The guy seemingly bossing around the Court of Owls lady was wearing the ring that Jim’s dad was wearing in the hallucination. The Court is already being denied proper justice already; now we’re getting sidetracked into Jim’s dad. Great.
Best episode of the year by far. There’s no contest. What a Halloween treat.
This is an older episode from last year that Tom accidently lost and the most unfortunate part of that is that it happened to be the Shanlian on Batman interview with Jon Callan. Jon is a writer for the new animated series Justice League Action. The guys go through Jon’s entire career from how he got started to writing on Justice League Action. Kick back and enjoy another classic interview, Shanlian on Batman style.
The end of the year is near! The fellas gather to exchange gifts and gab about 2016 and what it had to offer for us in the world of Batman. There is no description for this episode other than Everything. Justin Kyle, and Tom wrap up 2016 the right way, come talk about Batman with Shanlian on Batman. Happy New Year!!!
It was reported yesterday via The Hollywood Reporter that Zack Snyder’s “Justice League 2” has been pushed back to make room for Ben Affleck’s “The Batman” movie, which is yet to solidify a release date.
After wrapping Justice League, Snyder is not tackling Justice League 2, as was the initial plan, but rather is focusing his attention on his long-in-development thriller The Last Photograph.
Snyder is still intent on directing Justice League 2, but that movie has been pushed back to make room for Ben Affleck’s Batman stand-alone movie. The move left an opening in Snyder’s schedule for a production that is smaller-scale, at least compared to massive superhero tentpoles he has been working on of late.
This news isn’t really earth-shattering as we all knew that the original plan for “Justice League 2” was scrapped in response to the poor critical reviews of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Right now, everything is solely predicated on what happens with “Wonder Woman” and “Justice League” and if these two upcoming films are both financialyl successful, and the critics/audiences embrace the new direction of the DCEU under Geoff Johns, then we should begin to hear that other films in the DCEU will get the green light, i.e. Justice League 2, Man Of Steel 2, Green Lantern, Teen Titans and many more.
The only confirmed movie post “Justice League” is “Aquaman.” Yes we know that the upcoming “The Flash” film is somewhere in that mix, but without a director and no news on that front, it is a safe bet that the movie’s release date is more than likely going to be pushed back.
So where does this leave Zack Snyder? Will he be back in the chair to make “Justice League 2” after helming his long gestating project “The Last Photograph?” Like it was said previously, everything is predicated on the success of both “WW” and “Justice League”, and if the latter is successful at the box office and the critics love it, then yes, we here at Shanlian On Batman believe that Snyder and company will be back in the director’s chair with JL2. If these films are not successful, then Zack Snyder will remain on in some sort of Executive Producer role. There were many casualties at the studio after “BvS” tanked hard with the critics and the studio tried a quick course correction. Remember Charles Roven? He was the producer who helped produce The Dark Knight Trilogy, Man of Steel and BvS and was just a few of the people who had the keys to the DCEU taken away.
For some of you that think that Snyder wants these movies to tank, let me fill you in on something that needs to be known for you all: Snyder’s Cruel and Unusual Pictures helps co-finance these films in the DCEU they put up their own money to help produce these movies. So that means the rate of return for the Snyder’s is predicated on the success of all of these films. So if the film is successful the Snyder’s and the studio is successful as well. So it is in their best interest to put out the best product that they can, so when we hear that Snyder is just throwing things on the wall to see what sticks is nonsense, trust us, these guys want all these films to be successful both commercially and critically.
So what does this mean for the upcoming solo Ben Affleck Batman film? For starters, Batman is the crown jewel of the superhero film genre and a sure fire box office juggernaut for the studio so getting this film into theaters quickly is something that the studio really wants. It wouldn’t be the biggest surprise to see that film pop up July of 2018 now that the “Aquaman” film was pushed back a few months to October of 2018. For purely sentimental reasons, it could pop up in July 2018 as that would be the 10 Year anniversary of The Dark Knight. That would be great cross promotion for a future “10 Year Anniversary” Blu Ray/DVD release to co-incide with the release of “The Batman” as well. Now that is simply a pipe-dream for us, but who knows stranger things have happened.
So let’s recap, Batman is being pushed up and JL2 is waiting on the successes of “Wonder Woman” and “Justice League” so now that 2017 is almost upon us, it will be an interesting year to see how everything pans out.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Trinity is back and bringing you the latest DC news Shanlian On Batman Style! Making his second appearance on the show, Sean Gerber (Modern Myth Media/BatmanNews.com) is back after a year and he is talking with the boys about everything DC! Billy Dee Williams, Solo Batman, Lego Batman, Justice League, and Wonder Woman are just some of the topics on this shows agenda. Get ready and make some room in your brain for this info packed, Episode 77 of Shanlian Batman wsg Sean Gerber.
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Welcome one and all! Time for the epic annual Gotham Halloween episode. Every year we get something pretty special given the nature of the show. We’ve seen eyeballs get ripped out of skulls and throats get bitten open. Time to get into the freaky spirit of the year.
The good news:
Tetch is giving Jim impossible choices in order to try and drive him mad. Jim chooses to save the child about to be run over by a truck rather than the newly married couple jumping off the building. Interesting fact: Jim would have been crushed by the couple. He had no time to call the fire department and he can’t catch them. So he really made the only choice he could in the situation. The couple was doomed from the beginning, pretty clearly.
It turned into a fun goose chase of sorts ending with the ultimatum: the two women in Gordon’s life, Vale and Lee, threatened by the Mad Hatter. Tetch’s plan was to shoot the woman Jim loves, so Jim told him to “kill Lee” knowing Tetch would shoot Vale. Jim just gets darker and darker these days.
Vale (other than getting shot) didn’t play a huge role here. She was mostly just the catalyst to Jim to possibly wake him up. Other than hounding Lee about Alice Tetch’s blood she didn’t have much of a stake here.
Alice’s blood is really starting to affect the captain. What’s next for this guy? He really needs to find a cure before it’s too late.
Nygma met a girl!! She’s basically a reminder of his former love lost, whom he killed (mostly by accident). She’s a quiet sweet librarian who believes in love and second chances. What a sweet story.
Honorable mention: the teaser for next week’s Halloween episode, The Red Queen looks fantastic!
The bad news:
I disagree with this Penguin subplot. It doesn’t make much sense that just because Ed helped him out and believed in him that suddenly we have love. Penguin is far more affectionate than he was in the past. Maybe he’s growing soft since he’s mayor? I dunno. But I find it really odd that this is how Gotham represents LGBT: only the utmost psycho on the show (and that’s quite a competitive field) experiences such feelings. I don’t think Penguin is the right man for the job. On top of that, Penguin being denied something he wants (remember Nygma is straight and in love with this librarian lady) sending him off on a murderous tantrum is going to become a Gotham cliché if they keep it up.
Gordon needs to really wake the heck up. He’s getting so far off track that he’s just moping around crying for himself. The teaser for next week shows that this might improve though.
Great episode! We’re getting back. Usually Gotham picks up on/after/around Halloween, and damn is that the case this year again.
The podcast trinity is back in action and bringing you yet another episode of Shanlian On Batman. Return of the Caped Crusaders is out and the guys definitely gave it a positive review. Hear what their thoughts are on this new animated take on the original show. Plus DC news, fan questions, and some inside jokes you may or may not understand. Holy Podcasts Batman! Episode 76, check it out!