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Is Robert Pattinson the Next Batman?

The next Batman is Robert Pattinson. Or, at least, he’s at the top of Warner Bros.’ shortlist to fill the role. Whether this is good news, bad news, or even terrible news for Batman or Twilight fans, this is a lot to take in. And it feels like the Batfleck casting all over again (which, by the way, I supported).

Variety reported the shocking news just last night. Sources say that the casting is not yet a done deal, but negotiations are currently taking place.

 

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Pattinson is expected to play a younger Batman in DC’s cinematic universe, and, if cast, he will feature in the prequel-solo film that Matt Reeves (Planet of the Apes) is writing and directing.

While Pattinson may never completely leave behind his Twilight fame and notoriety, he admittedly has gone from vampire heartthrob to arthouse star, delivering acclaimed performances in High Life, The Lost City of Z, and Good Time. The actor—who was, of course, a decade younger and less experienced in his Twilight days—will also have a role in Christopher Nolan’s next feature, which will arrive in 2020.

 

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Utilizing Pattinson’s onscreen romance experience wouldn’t be unwelcome either, actually. Given that the upcoming film will bring us back to the caped crusader’s early days, an adaptation of the most underrated Batman story of all time, Mask of the Phantasm, would be a great opportunity to showcase the Batman’s most genuine romance with young love interest Andrea Beaumont while also establishing his origin in the DCEU.

 

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In fact, this would be one of the only acceptable routes for the production to take––especially since Ben Affleck will no longer be delivering a solo film with the epic, aged, and legendary Batman that won fans over. If Pattinson can deliver a follow-up performance that stuns as much as Affleck’s, then the DCEU is in good hands.

The Batman will arrive June 25, 2021.

 

 

 

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Stan Lee Never Got to See ‘Avengers: Endgame’

Now that Avengers: Endgame has been released, Marvel Studios is much more open about its secrets and creative process from the first eleven years of filmmaking. Visual effects frames are being shared, questions about the films are being answered, and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige was nice enough to chat with fans over Reddit.

Sadly, one of the things Feige revealed was that the late and great Stan Lee never got the chance to see the final cut of Endgame before he passed away.

 

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“Stan loved to wait to see the final movie at the premiere, so unfortunately he did not get to see the finished movie,” Feige explains. “Stan got a download of the full story the day he came and shot his cameo.”

It’s sad enough that Stan didn’t get to celebrate Marvel’s success and Endgame’s overwhelmingly positive reception, but the fact that he didn’t get to witness the conclusion of the Infinity Saga’s eleven-year build-up is legitimately heartbreaking. However (AVENGERS SPOILER INCOMING), just as Wanda assures Clint at the end of Endgame that their fallen loved ones know that they succeeded, Lee undoubtedly knows that Marvel succeeded as well. (Are you crying yet?)

 

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And while it’s unknown if Stan Lee had shot any cameos meant for any other movies beyond Endgame, until anything more is confirmed, his final MCU words were, “Make love, not war.”

 

 

 

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A Beloved Marvel Superhero Could Come Back for New Loki Series

Avengers: Endgame not only gave us an epic end to the Infinity saga, but it also closed the book on several characters’ storylines, paving the way for a new generation of Marvel superheroes to lead the MCU in a new direction

 

WARNING: MASSIVE SPOILERS FOR AVENGERS: ENDGAME

 

After Iron Man saved the universe by using Thanos’ infinity gauntlet against him, Captain America went back in time to place the infinity stones back in their rightful place in the current timeline. But rather than come back to the present, Steve Rogers stayed in the past to be with his lover Peggy Carter. He then passed on the mantle of Captain America to his friend Sam Wilson.

 

Despite closing out his storyline, Steve Rogers might still have some story left to tell in the MCU.

 

As part of the new Disney+ streaming service, a television series centered on Loki, Thor’s half-brother played by Tom Hiddleston, is in development. How a Loki series would work after his death in Infinity War was a mystery until now.

 

In an interview with Business Insider, directors Joe and Anthony Russo explained that a loose end for Endgame could lead to a new plot for the upcoming series. When traveling back in time to 2012 (during the events of the first Avengers film), the heroes accidentally let past Loki escape with one of the Infinity Stones they were trying to recover. According to the Russo brothers, this would create a new timeline that Captain America would have to rectify during his mission.

 

“Loki, when he teleports away with the Time Stone, would create his own timeline. It gets very complicated, but it would be impossible for [Cap] to rectify the timeline unless he found Loki. The minute that Loki does something as dramatic as take the Space Stone, he creates a branched reality.”

 

Of course, this is just speculation and it hasn’t been confirmed, but it would be amazing to see Chris Evans in the MCU one last time.

 

Do you believe Cap will make a return?

 

 

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CW Shares New Look at Ruby Rose’s ‘Batwoman’ Series

EW just shared a new promotional image for the upcoming Batwoman CW series premiering in the fall.

The new behind-the-scenes look should excite any fellow comic nerds out there, especially since the displayed Batman suit is a huge step up from the one featured in Gotham

We see Ruby Rose returning as Kate Kane/Batwoman after debuting in last year’s CW Arrowverse crossover. Alongside her is Luke Fox, the son of fan favorite Lucius Fox.

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It was revealed that The Batman has been missing for three years, and Gotham has gone to hell as a result of absent oversight. Batwoman was easily the most memorable part of the most recent crossover and already proved to be a master crime-fighter. From the looks of the promo image, she’ll be receiving a notable upgrade from the Batman’s arsenal and his most trusted tech consultants––or it’s a flashback to her superhero origin, which would still be exciting to watch. Either way, there’s going to be a lot to look forward to.

 

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The full synopsis for Batwoman reads:

 

Kate Kane (Ruby Rose) never planned to be Gotham’s new vigilante. Three years after Batman mysteriously disappeared, Gotham is a city in despair. Without the Caped Crusader, the Gotham City Police Department was overrun and outgunned by criminal gangs. Enter Jacob Kane (Dougray Scott) and his military-grade Crows Private Security, which now protects the city with omnipresent firepower and militia. Years before, Jacob’s first wife and daughter were killed in the crossfire of Gotham crime. He sent his only surviving daughter, Kate Kane, away from Gotham for her safety. After a dishonorable discharge from military school and years of brutal survival training, Kate returns home when the Alice in Wonderland gang targets her father and his security firm, by kidnapping his best Crow officer Sophie Moore (Meagan Tandy).

Although remarried to wealthy socialite Catherine Hamilton-Kane (Elizabeth Anweis), who bankrolls the Crows, Jacob is still struggling with the family he lost, while keeping Kate –– the daughter he still has –– at a distance. But Kate is a woman who’s done asking for permission. In order to help her family and her city, she’ll have to become the one thing her father loathes –– a dark knight vigilante. With the help of her compassionate stepsister, Mary (Nicole Kang), and the crafty Luke Fox (Camrus Johnson), the son of Wayne Enterprises’ tech guru Lucius Fox, Kate Kane continues the legacy of her missing cousin, Bruce Wayne, as Batwoman. Still holding a flame for her ex-girlfriend, Sophie, Kate uses everything in her power to combat the dark machinations of the psychotic Alice (Rachel Skarsten), who’s always somewhere slipping between sane and insane. Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate soars through the shadowed streets of Gotham as Batwoman. But don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, she must first overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.

 

 

Something worth noting is that the series will be in some uncharted territory. Not many Batwoman comics have dealt with Kate Kane leading the initiative to fix Gotham in Batman’s absence, let alone the entire Bat-family’s absence, so we’re likely to see very fresh material.

It’s always interesting to see a Gotham City story where The Batman takes a back seat. It’s even better when it’s done well. This is undoubtedly going to be one of those stories.

 

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Classic Atlas Comics Library Is Coming to the Big Screen

The superhero film scene is already huge these days, and it’s about to get even bigger.

Paramount Pictures announced that producer Steven Paul, who helped bring Ghost in the Shell and Ghost Rider to the big screen, has purchased a majority stake in Atlas Comics and will produce several films for the studio based on characters from those comics.

What is Atlas Comics? It was one of the premiere comic book publishers in the 1950s that published a variety of genres from horror to science fiction to classic superheroes. The company was later rebranded into Marvel comics in 1961, where it began producing many of the famous superheroes we know today.

 

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The films that will be produced will focus on characters and stories from the pre-Marvel era, with the hopes of creating a cinematic universe. A writers room is being assembled headed by Akica Goldsman, who won the Academy Award for writing A Beautiful Mind.

There is no word yet on what will be the first film to come out of this new deal, as many of the classic Atlas characters have long been forgotten, but the studio is hoping to start production on its first film in 2020.

You can read more about Atlas comics here.

 

 

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