Over the weekend, Warner Bros. Entertainment CEO Kevin Tsujihara participated in a lunchtime keynote interview at the USC Gould School of Law and talked briefly about their DC Comics properties. Aside from The Dark Knight and Man of Steel franchises, the CEO revealed (via The Hollywood … Continue reading

Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara Talks Wonder Woman; Ben Affleck Rumor.

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Over the weekend, Warner Bros. Entertainment CEO Kevin Tsujihara participated in a lunchtime keynote interview at the USC Gould School of Law and talked briefly about their DC Comics properties. Aside from The Dark Knight and Man of Steel franchises, the CEO revealed (via The Hollywood Reporter) that their lack of other superhero franchises has been a “missed opportunity.”

However, Tsujihara added that the studio has

“huge plans for a number of other DC properties on TV.”

Tsujihara also teased one particular project that he wants to see moving forward.

“We need to get Wonder Woman on the big screen or TV.”

Duh. Ya Think? Based on the 4 million views the latest Wonder Woman fan film has garnered, I think there is a big demand for her.

Also, I’m not feeling that report that surfaced that the female lead (which I broke) they are looking for in Batman Vs Superman is indeed Wonder Woman. Um, no. Based on sources I spoke with, the actresses that went in to audition don’t fit the Wonder Woman profile. The consensus is that they’re looking for Bruce Wayne’s love interest.

Speaking of Bruce Wayne, here is a hot rumor tidbit. Over the weekend, I heard that Warners pressured filmmaker Brad Furman to recut Runner Runner to soften Ben Affleck as the villain after he was cast as the Batman so audiences wouldn’t hate him.  Apparently, besides pressuring Furman, they also pressured night owl Leo Dicaprio whose Appian Way produced the film. Supposedly, Ben Affleck was in silent agreement. Crazy right? I asked around and apparently it is indeed true.

What do you think? Chime in below.

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  • Tey

    One thing doesn’t add up to the alleged rumor. Runner Runner is a Fox film, no way they would do something that would improve another rival studios’ blockbuster.

  • The Usual Suspect

    I stopped reading at “TV.”

  • elmayimbe

    I totally agree and said the same exact thing, yet the studio has a relationship with the filmmaker and can make a phone call or so.

  • Tey

    It’s not like it is possible to make the film worse anyway

  • axebox

    I hate Wonder Woman.

  • razorstar90

    I was one of the two people who saw Runner Runner and really enjoyed Affleck’s performance. The movie as a whole was TERRIBLE mind you, but Affleck was fun. I was rooting for him rather than JT

  • Dan Riedel

    Now why would Warner’s “soften” Affleck’s character in the editing room for Runner Runner so people won’t “hate” him.

    Prior to donning the cowl, Christian Bale murdered hookers with chainsaws in American Psycho and smashed open a black guy’s skull as part of a hate crime in Shaft.

    Is it that the original cut of “Runner Runner” had Ben Affleck playing yet again, gasp, Ben Affleck?

    You bet your ass it did.

    Now I really am waiting for BvS to be on Netflix!!!!

  • Barchiel

    lol

  • Barchiel

    lolol

  • Barchiel

    lololol

  • Barchiel

    lolololol

  • razorstar90

    I doubt this rumor is true. Considering everyone who has seen the movie and all the critics really like Affleck in the movie BUT HATE the movie as a whole.

  • BobL

    Should Batman be seen as likable?

  • carrie

    to act with Justin Timberlake make you to look good actor

  • carrie

    i saw “Harsh Times” (with Bale) a movie made in 2005:Bale’s character is not a good person or “The Fighter” :can Batman be a crackhead?

  • Jugo Aich

    Wonder Woman movie. And keep TV and Movie universes separate. Please.

  • Hephaestus1

    Yes, for god’s sake, give Wonder Woman a chance. We need some great superhero movies led by female characters.

    Just put more work into it than the last four DC films and everything will be fine.

  • noahwayne0

    Bridget Regan or Georgina Haig would be excellent as Wonder Woman

  • Patrick Bayard

    No all the critics did not like Affleck other than the ones trying to come up with MORE excuses to justify the godawful decision to cast him.

  • razorstar90

    Well I enjoyed his performance and I’m very optimistic about his Batman/Bruce Wayne especially after watching him in Runner Runner. He was by far the only enjoyable part of the movie and he’s the only one having fun in the movie. All the critics I trust liked his performance

  • Patrick Bayard

    Sure there are some people that may have liked his performance (me not included) but people need to draw the line when trying to make the statement that Affleck is some sort of strong actor. He is not. No matter how much money and PR campaigns are spent to try to change this dynamic people are not going to disbelieve their eyes. It is great that you like his performances, I think they range from bad to OK and that is even in his best film work he has been mediocre – at best!

    Here is some unsolicited advice for Warner Brothers/DC (because Superman versus Ben Affleck is going to tank hard otherwise). Clearly Affleck has compromising pictures of WB studio heads which is the only way i can understand this decision. So since they have to have Affleck for some “mysterious” reason they should simply recast him as a villain in the movie like Maxwell Lord. It then becomes a legitimate sequel to Man of Steel, Affleck can emote all of the villainy he wants, and I am sure a lot more people would be willing to see it. Villains can be just as interesting as super heroes too…ask Heath Ledger (if we could) and Tom Hiddleston.

  • jamthemaj

    I hope they make a Wonder Woman film happen! Not on TV please. She deserves a great, big budget flick.
    As for them pressuring Affleck’s villain role, that’s dumb! Studios are stupid sometimes.

  • jamthemaj

    Oh Dan, not again! :D Affleck actually received good marks for his performance in Runner Runner. Many reviews said that he was the best part of the flick. It didn’t keep the movie itself from sucking, but then again, Bale didn’t keep Harsh Times or The New World from sucking either, which was after being cast and starring as Batman.

  • jamthemaj

    You’re full of crap, Patrick. You may not like Affleck, but stop projecting your opinion of him on everyone else. Affleck is a strong actor, and he’s proven that time and time again since Hollywoodland. He was excellent in that movie, as well as The Town, Argo, The Company Men and even To The Wonder. I’m a lifelong Batman fan, and I think Affleck will be an awesome Batman. Can’t wait!

  • razorstar90

    I have to disagree. You obviously not a fan Ben Affleck and that’s okay. But Affleck is a good actor and I’m sure he can pull off Batman. Is he a better actor than Christian Bale? No but to be honest not many are. He’s a method actor with RANGE for days. BUT Bale’s Batman/Bruce Wayne wasn’t anything spectacular. In fact Bale’s Batman/Bruce Wayne isn’t what made The Dark Knight trilogy great imo. I could argue that Bale was overshadowed throughout the entire series by Michael Cain’s performance, Gary Olderman’s, Liam Neeson performance, Ledger’s , Hathaway’s, etc etc. I would even go as far as to say place Ben Affleck in that role and the movies would have turned out the same. I think Affleck can deliver good performances and that he’s proved he could in several movies over the past few years. He was great in the Town, Argo, Hollywoodland off the top of my head. I really enjoyed him. Fanboys need to also stop acting like Batman is the hardest Superhero role to play when it really isn’t, Captain America and Superman are much harder roles because you have to have an earnest innocence and goodness to you without coming across as a pansy to today’s modern audience. Don’t get me wrong there are nuances to Batman/Bruce Wayne and I think Affleck can handle it. He’s a big hulking guy that will make him the most intimidating Batman when he puts the suit on which is a first, He’s handsome and charming. He sadness about him that I think Bruce Wayne needs. I could see him being a lot like the Batman from Batman TAS more so than any other Batman interpretation. My problem with this movie is David Goyer the screen writer. Not Affleck

  • Dan Riedel

    Agreed.

  • Dan Riedel

    LOL, I actually liked The New World – it was educational to say the least :)

    “The best part of the flick” is completely subjective and could mean a ton of things. [Because he was so absurd,] “Ben Affleck was the best part of Runner Runner.”

    See how I did that :p

  • jamthemaj

    Haha yep, that was good!

    I didn’t hate The New World. I only hated that they still went with the Pocahontas/John Smith love story angle, which is historically inaccurate. She was a kid!!! :D

  • Barchiel

    Don’t do it because “she’s a female”, do it because it’s a good character and important character to the DC Universe. NO ONE likes a token.

  • Hephaestus1

    It can be both. Diana Prince is a great character. She is also woman. In a market where these projects are usually male led, it’d be good to see an alternative. What the film would be, is an action epic. What it would represent, however, is a breakthrough in the market.

  • The Usual Suspect

    I liked Harsh Times.
    “F*cccckkkkkk dog, we gotta get jobbbsssss!”

  • jamthemaj

    Hahaha well I’m glad that you liked it! :D

  • Patrick Bayard

    I saw Argo and anyone who thinks that is an example of strong acting is smoking something strong. Its not MY opinion of him. Here are some opinions of critics from Runner Runner – his most recent movie AFTER Hollywoodland, The Town, Argo, and The Company Men.

    For “Runner Runner” Film critic of the Irish Times commented “Affleck can do blokey bonhomie, but, with best will in the world, he has never convinced as a Machiavellian genius.”

    According to The Cairns Post “…he [Affleck ]also remains a jobbing actor, and his fluctuating talents in that field remain as mercurial as ever…As for Affleck, well, he had better lift his game considerably above this standard if he is to win over the many doubters already knocking his gig as the next Batman.”

    Movie Nation’s Roger Moore had this to write about Affleck “You never believe a word he says, not a gesture. This is the sort of acting he did in the sort of movies he made before he started writing and directing his own movies — bad”

    Matt Pais of RedEye wrote “Affleck tries to play Ivan like one of the film’s lurking crocodiles, his soft-spoken charm hiding sinister capabilities. Albert Brooks achieved this to glorious effect in “Drive;” Affleck merely looks indifferent and completely non-threatening. It’s as if someone promised him a beach vacation and waited to tell him about the filming-a-movie-thing until he arrived.”

    Vince Moran of the Daily Nebraskan wrote “It’s interesting to see Ben Affleck playing what may be his first actual villain, but much like Timberlake, he fails to offer anything out of the ordinary. In his first scene of the film he captures a stunning sense of dread with the help of the strength of that lone scene’s cinematography. He is unable to produce it again, though, and the film descends into a battle of wits between two equally uninteresting characters.”

  • jamthemaj

    I only pay attention to top critics, so if you have any there, I’m all ears.

    Said critics praised his work in Argo and the other films I mentioned. I also praise his work in those films. So with that said, I disagree. :)

  • Patrick Bayard

    “He’s back! Behold, the second coming of . . . Badfleck” – Kyle Smith New York Post on Runner Runner

    Oh look at that! Rotten Tomatoes labels him a “Top Critic”

  • jamthemaj

    I’m glad you could find one. Here’s the dealio… you can’t stand him, but I think he’s great, and I can’t wait to see him as Batman. Do I think he will beat Bale? No, I don’t think anyone can. Bale IS Batman in my book. But I think Affleck will come close. If I’m wrong, I’ll eat my words come 2015!

  • Barchiel

    No, it’s not a “breakthrough”. There’s been other heroine movies, but with comicbooks, they just flopped. Honestly, comics are male dominated because guys like it more than girls. It’s about money, not politics. Same thing with video games. Yes, you have some girls that like both, but both industries cater to men because that’s where they make most of their money.

    Wonder Woman shouldn’t be a “girl power” film, just a good comicbook movie. Same thing with a Black Panther movie. It shouldn’t be a “Black Power” movie, but a badass movie because BP is a badass character.

    No need for token films. It’s an insult.

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  • Hephaestus1

    I don’t think you’re understanding where I’m getting at. Yes, there’ve been comic book movies led by women, but they’ve usually ranged from bad to outright terrible. This is because studios don’t wanna put the same effort into them that they would for male superheroes.The comic and film industries are made up of mostly men, yes, but that doesn’t mean male characters are the only ones they can invest in.

    I’m not suggesting that Wonder Woman should be a “girl power” film. I’m saying that a great superhero film led by a woman could open up the doors for even more of them.

  • HunterOfTROLLZ

    Create TV and Film UNIVERSES…
    Separate from each other.
    Create a Story World Bible for both.
    Hire a few awesome creatives to lead each one.
    Sit back, let us enjoy, and suits – you’ll make tons of ca$h.
    Bye.

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  • Larry Fenix

    Gemma Arterton should play Wonder Woman

  • GeneralChaos

    And Fox would be okay with that why?

  • CainCrow

    Tricia Helfer would be a good wonder woman

  • CainCrow

    absolutely 100% yes!! agreed.

  • CainCrow

    Historically there was a romance. Thats the problem with bringing it to the screen is that she was a youth.

  • CainCrow

    one little nitpcick. your inclusion of Hathaway in that list. Anyone couldve played Catwoman and the film wouldve been the same.

  • CainCrow

    I think people should keep in mind that ‘their eyes’ won’t see Affleck for at least half the movie because he will be wearing a costume.

  • CainCrow

    I dont think there are any Top Critics. Im the best there is and Im not even paid for it.

  • Onyx

    And if we’re lucky,Scott Adkins will be his stuntman. That would take all eyes off from Ben’s performance…….that or it would help sell it,I dunno. lol

  • CainCrow

    Scott Adkins would be a good Batman