first_img ‘The Batman’ Will Hit the Big Screen in 2021 Without Ben AffleckBest Gifts for ‘Daredevil’ Fanatics Stay on target It has been quite the past few weeks for WB Studios. But it looks like we finally have an official director to helm their next standalone Batman feature. Warner Bros has announced that Matt Reeves, director of Cloverfield and War of the Planet of the Apes will take over directing duties on the upcoming Batman project. Reeves recently had this to share about the announcement.“I have loved the Batman story since I was a child. He is such an iconic and compelling character, and one that resonates with me deeply. I am incredibly honored and excited to be working with Warner Bros. to bring an epic and emotional new take on the Caped Crusader to the big screen.” It has also been stated that Reeves will produce the Batman feature. Warner Brothers President Toby Emmerich hot on the heels of the announcement had this to say:“We are thrilled to have Matt Reeves taking the helm of Batman, the crown jewel of our DC slate,” added Toby Emmerich, President of Warner Bros. Pictures Group. “Matt’s deep roots in genre films and his evolution into an emotional world-building director make him the perfect filmmaker to guide the Dark Knight through this next journey.”Also in the running for the directorial spot was Ridley Scott and Don’t Breath’s Fede Alvarez. It was ultimately Reeves who was the studio’s first choice when Ben Affleck stepped down from directing the project a few weeks ago. Things between Affleck and Warner basically fell apart in the early stages of development. It now looks as if things are back on track for the Bat-Camp. Although, interestingly enough, Ben Affleck’s name was not mentioned at all in any of the press releases.With complex announcements like this one, it’s honestly just giving Matt Reeves his time to shine as a director coming into the DC Universe itself. Ben Affleck is still signed on to play the Dark Knight and has been working closely with Geoff Jones penning a script. Affleck even posted this shot from The Batcave on his own Twitter account about an hour ago.Also moving forward in the Bat-Universe, The Lego Batman Movie director, Chris McKay has been pegged to direct the stand alone Nightwing film. For those who are not familiar with the character, Nightwing is the second superhero persona of the Dark Knight’s sidekick, Dick Grayson. But you may remember him best as simply Robin.So despite the past few bumps in the DC cinematic universe road, it looks as if things in Gotham are ramping back up and are ready to take flight very soon. We’ll see Ben Affleck dawn the dark cowl once more in Justice League, coming to theaters November 17th.last_img read more

first_imgStay on target Buy This Comic: DEATH ORB #1Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1 “When Jory transfers to an all-boys private high school, he’s taken in by the lowly stage crew known as the Backstagers. Hunter, Aziz, Sasha, and Beckett become his new best friends and introduce him to an entire magical world that lives beyond the curtain that the rest of the school doesn’t know about, filled with strange creatures, changing hallways, and a decades-old legend of a backstage crew that went missing and was never found.”I am a big fangirl for everything that is Boom! Studios. I am also a fangirl for backstage theater antics. So, bringing both of those together, I was all over The Backstagers in a heartbeat.THE BACKSTAGERS VOL. 1(W): James Tynion IV (A): Rian Sygn (C): Walter Baiamonte (L): Jim Campbell (CA): Veronica FishIf you’re a fan of theater, backstage magic, and lovable characters, I suggest you pick up The Backstagers. The Backstagers was a limited eight part series for Boom! Studios from creators James Tynion IV and Rian Sygn. If you didn’t get into The Backstagers during its debut, here’s your chance to follow the adventures of these backstage workers of theater, aka, the hardest workers in show business. The first volume is released today, collecting the first four issues to get you started.The Backstagers follow Jory, a new student at an all boys school, who wants to join the Drama Club but taken back by the snobby attitudes of the lead actor twins, Kevin and Blake McQueen. When he meets the Backstagers, he immediately becomes intrigued by the kids the club calls “weirdos.” It’s the adventure, intrigue, and friendship that Jory needs to survive this new school.via Boom! BoxJames Tynion IV has to be one of my favorite writers in comics for awhile now, but his writing at Boom! is what completely stole my heart. He has such a great imagination for turning the ordinary into the extraordinary. He weaves magic in the life of a tech crew that everyone deems as misfits and makes it an experience you wish you had in high school. Tynion writes these cast of characters with vibrancy and relatability, and you’ll want to be friends with them all. Jory may be the central character, but you invest yourself in learning about every one of the Backstagers. They all share equal importance to the story, and no one is left behind. Rian Sygn, the artist, and co-creator is an absolute dream for this comic. He brings Tynion’s written words into a visual dream. Rian’s style and imagination work perfectly with the narrative.  His cartoon and illustration background allows him to surround you with an incredible amount of detail that carries your eyes from panel to panel. Each one is so inviting and, I can only be described as absolutely adorable.Walter Baiamonte and Jim Campbell bring this story together. Walter has an eye for beautiful pastel and technicolor that fit so well within the comic, in particular between the differences from the stage, backstage and what’s hidden behind the backstage door. Campbell’s, always dynamite, lettering is just what this comic needed to make reading Backstagers even more fun.via Boom! BoxThe Backstagers has to be one of my favorite series from Boom! Studios. It’s small, but a lovely and whimsical queer story that everyone should read. Boom! has given us such great diverse stories that you don’t see anywhere else. They let their creators make something special, and that’s what they’ve allowed James and Rian to do with Backstagers. I’m so excited to re-read the series and collect them in the trade backs. I will give James and Rian all my money. You can purchase The Backstagers Vol. 1 in digital format over at Comixology. 7/19/17 Releases – In addition to The Backstagers (and in celebration for my first Buy This Comic!), here’s a list of other new titles that came out this week that you should be reading.Moonstruck #1 by Grace Ellis (W), Shea Beagle (A), Clayton Cowles (L) Image ComicsSouthern Cross V.2 by Becky Cloonan (W), Andy Belanger (A), Lee Loughridge (C) and Serge LaPointe (L) Image ComicsLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more