Affleck Steps Down as Director of “The Batman”

Affleck Steps Down as Director of “The Batman”

In an exclusive report from Variety today, Ben Affleck revealed that he and Warner Brothers have made the “mutual” decision to have him step down as director of the upcoming film “The Batman”. Affleck will remain under the cowl in role of Bruce Wayne/Batman, a role he took on in last year’s “Batman vs. Superman  – Dawn of Justice” before reprising the role in both “Suicide Squad” and in the upcoming “Justice League” film. Affleck will…

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REVIEW: Justice League vs Suicide Squad #2 – Slugfest

REVIEW: Justice League vs Suicide Squad #2 – Slugfest

Justice League vs Suicide Squad #2 deserves some credit for actually delivering on the title concept as early in the miniseries as it does. There are some other events over at other publishers that might draw out a full-bore confrontation for three to five issues (I’m looking at you, Bendis, don’t try to avoid me). Writer Joshua Williamson and penciler Tony S. Daniel are to be congratulated in delivering an action-packed issue that sees these…

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Comic News Roundup 12/21/16

Comic News Roundup 12/21/16

Valiant Leads Week’s Early Reviews Marvel Hacked Overwatch Comic Banned in Russia Larson to Appear in Infinity War CBLDF Announced FCBD Title Comic News Roundup is a curated selection of news stories related to comic books, comic book films, and other associated media. Josh EpsteinJosh Epstein is the Publisher for the Capeless Crusader website. He’s a lifelong comic nerd, and “Superman” is the first word he ever read aloud. He is also an actor, singer,…

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Jai Courtney Talks Suicide Squad, Ignoring Hate, and Marvel v. DC

Jai Courtney Talks Suicide Squad, Ignoring Hate, and Marvel v. DC

Two days ago, Batman-News reported on Jai Courtney‘s appearance on MTV podcast “Happy, Sad, Confused!”  In this podcast, Courtney discusses his role in Suicide Squad, the critical backlash, and the differences between Marvel and DC in superhero movies. The relevant portion of the interview: JOSH HOROWITZ: Uh, post mortem on Suicide Squad.  So, what’s, what’s your sense, were you surprised by the reaction, by how divisive it was?  […] It seemed like the fanboys in particular…

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I Hit a Wall: Why the DCEU Villains of 2016 are the Best in the Genre

I Hit a Wall: Why the DCEU Villains of 2016 are the Best in the Genre

They say that a hero is only as good as the villain they oppose.  As such, it’s to the credit of the DCEU that it puts heroes like Batman and Superman up against villains like Amanda Waller and Lex Luthor. These villains, along with the Suicide Squad, prove that the DCEU knows how to handle villains.  Villains, unfortunately, are one of the places where both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the X-Men Cinematic Universe fall…

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SUICIDE SQUAD opens to August record amid mixed reception

SUICIDE SQUAD opens to August record amid mixed reception

Over the weekend, Warner Brothers released their latest DC film in theaters, Suicide Squad. It opened in 4255 theaters to the tune of 135 million dollars. With this haul, the film broke the previous record for biggest opening weekend in August, which belonged to Guardians of the Galaxy‘s 94 million. The film is also the first to cross the century mark in August. Despite it’s strong opening haul, the film struggled to hold on to…

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Quick Hits: SUICIDE SQUAD

Quick Hits: SUICIDE SQUAD

We’ll be doing a full review later, but here are some quick thoughts on Suicide Squad. The first act is a bit of a mess, structurally. It powers through, but takes a while to get going. Beyond that, it was really solid. It suffered a tad from needing to cram the backstories of so many characters in, but they picked their battles pretty wisely. Margo Robbie was pitch-perfect. Will Smith was an unexpected highlight. He…

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What If Marvel Did A SUICIDE SQUAD?

What If Marvel Did A SUICIDE SQUAD?

There’s no denying that superhero film and television has gotten distinctly darker and more adult as of late. And some think the transition is only just beginning. With Daredevil and Jessica Jones Marvel has shown a distinct willingness to get down in the gutter, while Zack Snyder kicked off his attempt at a Justice League saga with one of the most serious (and literally dimly lit) superhero films we’ve seen to date. Recently, there’s even…

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SUICIDE SQUAD officially rated PG-13

SUICIDE SQUAD officially rated PG-13

Following the success of Deadpool, rumours began circulating that other films would be aiming to capitalise on the same audience that seemingly longed for a R-rated comic book film. In the months following its release, Deadpool had broken almost every record imaginable for R-rating films, so it wasn’t surprising when it was announced that the final Wolverine film would aim for a R-rating. However what caused the rumour mill to run amok was the announcement that there would be a special R-rated…

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Harley Quinn Movie Reportedly in Development

Harley Quinn Movie Reportedly in Development

Even though Suicide Squad won’t be out for a few more months, DC has enough faith in Margot Robbie’s portrayal of Harley Quinn that they are already considering making a spin-off movie about her. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Robbie will be both staring and producing the untitled Harley Quinn movie, but it will not just be a solo film for the character. THR mentioned that the project will also help introduce several other female heroes and villains into the DC movie…

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