Movie Talk: Ben Affleck Gives Update on ‘The Batman’; ‘New Mutants’ Script Details

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On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (December 16th, 2016) Dennis Tzeng, Clarke Wolfe, Perri Nemiroff, John Rocha, Sinead DeVries, and Wendy Lee discuss the following:

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Last week word surfaced that filming on the Justice League sequel was being pushed back to make room for The Batman. While no official statement has been released, Ben Affleck is still business as usual for all things Batman. Speaking at a recent Variety screening of his latest directorial effort Live by Night, Affleck offered a positive update on the status of his standalone movie saying that everything is on track and they are finishing the script. He also added that he wants to make sure they have the right story and idea in order to make the movie.

As was reported back in May of 2015, The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone will be helming an X-Men spin-off movie with New Mutants. Boone recently sat down with Creative Screenwriting to talk a bit about the comics he’ll be using for inspiration on the movie that will feature the mutants Wolfsbane, Magik, Sunspot, Danielle Moonstar, Mirage, and Cannonball. He said they loved Bill Sienkiewicz’s run and how dark those stories were.

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If you were hoping to get an early holiday present from Marvel with an announcement as to who will be directing Captain Marvel, think again. Thanks to a tweet from Variety film reporter Justin Kroll, we have an update on the status of the movie and when we can expect an announcement as to who will be helming Marvel’s first female led superhero movie. In the tweet, Kroll said that the studio is getting a treatment soon with meetings with directors to follow soon after the new year. Captain Marvel is set for release on March 8, 2019.

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According to a report from Deadline, Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig are attached to develop an original musical based on the book Everything Is Coming Up Profits: The Golden Age Of Industrial Musicals. Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, the duo behind the Broadway musical version of John Waters’ Hairspray are on board to write the score with La La Land producer Marc Platt on to produce. No release date has been set.

Deadline is reporting that Independence Day Resurgence’s Roland Emmerich is in negotiations with Sony to direct an adaptation of the New York Times bestseller Dark Matter, written by Wayward Pines creator Blake Crouch. The novel, published this past July, tells the story of Jason Dessen, a quantum physicist and college professor who wakes up to an alternate reality where he never married or had a son, and is now a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable in the world of quantum physics. A release date has yet to be set.

A new trailer has been released for Arsenal, starring Nicolas Cage. Arsenal tells the intertwining stories of the Lindel brothers, Mikey and JP, who had only each other to rely on growing up. When Mikey is kidnapped and held for a ransom by the ruthless crime boss Eddie King (Nicolas Cage), JP turns to the brothers’ old pal Sal, a plain clothes detective for help. Directed by Steven C. Miller, the movie is set to hit theatres next year on January 6th.

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