By Adam Basciano
Ben Affleck is currently doing promotional rounds for his upcoming film, The Accountant. No matter what outlet is interviewing him, he keeps getting asked for details about his in development stand alone Batman film. While the director, writer and actor couldn’t reveal much, he told The Associated Press that, the script is coming along nicely and he is really happy with it. He also confirmed a long-standing rumor that the film is currently titled “The Batman.” In an interview with Collider, he also elaborated on why he selected Slade Wilson aka Deathstroke. “He’s a great villain because—I just had an instinctive feeling that he would match up with him well. You know, I’m a big admirer of that character as well, especially in the New 52 the way that they did Deathstroke, and I thought that it could work.” I think the title works perfectly, and the fact that Ben references The New 52 Deathstroke shows that he is one of us, a comic book reader and fan. There’s no doubt that The Batman is in good hands.
Having recently cast a member of the Zod family for SyFy’s Superman prequel “Krypton”, the producers have now cast their male lead aka, Superman’s grandfather. “British up-and-comer Cameron Cuffe has landed the lead role in Krypton, Syfy’s in-the-works prequel series set two generations before Superman’s home planet went boom. Cuffe will play the Man of Steel’s granddad Seg-El, the scion of the once prosperous El family who is blessed with an intuitive brilliance for all things technical; he is now living in Krypton’s lowest caste after his family was stripped of its rank.” The actor is a relative unknown, but has plenty of theater experience in Britain and has a Superman look about him. I am more than comfortable and confident with this casting decision. I look forward to seeing the pilot, which should air at some point in 2017.
(Sources: The Associated Press, Collider, TV Line)