Top 5: Ben Affleck Is Batman, Joss Whedon On THE AVENGERS Sequel, ARROW News And More

The top 5 news stories of the week. Ben Affleck is Batman in Superman vs Batman, Ra's al Ghul possibly coming to The CW's Arrow, Joss Whedon talks Ultron, Edgar Wright on Ant-Man villains and Rocket Raccoon casting news.

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By Mark Julian - 8/24/2013

Top 5 Stories For The Week Ending 08/23/2013



Ben Affleck Named 'Batman' For MAN OF STEEL Sequel; WB Announces July 2015 Release Date

There's been quite a bit of satirical backlash from this casting decision but as history tells us, when fans cry outrage over a comic book casting decision, the actor usually turns in a stellar performance. Ben Affleck certainly has the acting ability to pull off a convincing Bruce Wayne, it's his take on Batman that will make or break this role for him.

ARROW Episode 205 Titled 'The Demon's Head' - Ra's al Ghul On The Way?
The title has since been amended to League of Assassins, but that only slightly lowers the chance of Ra's appearing and increases the likelihood of other League members and affiliates (such as Lady Shiva) making an appearance. The Batman villains will reportedly be after Oliver's (Stephen Amell) new love interest in Arrow season 2. Homeland's Abu Nazir, actor Navid Negahban, has also been cast as a League member set to go toe-to-toe with Green Arrow in Starling City.

Edgar Wright On ANT-MAN'S Villain
We know Ultron is out as he's being used in Avengers: Age of Ultron, so what villains will the shrinking superhero fight in his 2015 solo film? Director Edgar Wright drops some of the first clues and uses 2008's Iron Man as a reference of 'villains spinning out from the hero's tech'.

Joss Whedon On How ULTRON Will Differ From The Comics In THE AVENGERS 2
Ultron might not be quite like how comic book readers remember him in Whedon's Avengers sequel warns the director. For one, his origin story will be different as Hank Pym will (most likely) not be his creator. Whedon did go on to say that the character will retain his "anger" which usually manifests itself in a desire to wipe all of humanity from the face of the Earth.

Bradley Cooper On Marvel's Radar For 'Rocket Raccoon' In GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY?
Latino Review's scoop has since been confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter who also confirmed that Elizabeth Olsen is very close to signing on to play the Scarlet Witch in Avengers: Age of Ultron.



Just Missed The Cut: Some tough cuts this week. Really, anyone of these stories could have made it into the top 5 but regardless, you can still catch up on all the news by clicking the links below.

Djimon Hounsou Talks GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

BOX OFFICE: Updates On PACIFIC RIM, THE WOLVERINE And ELYSIUM

First Clip From AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D Hits

MAN OF STEEL To Hit Blu-ray/DVD November 12th; Bonus Features Revealed

Kevin Feige Talks More About Marvel's 2016/2017 Plans; Confirms NAMOR Is Still At Universal

Michael Rooker Spotted As 'Yondu' On Spaceship Crash Set Of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

Christopher Eccleston On Malekith's Motives And More Filming In THOR: THE DARK WORLD

Samuel L. Jackson Talks CAPTAIN AMERICA 2, Robert Redford And Nick Fury's Relationships
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JerBear - 8/24/2013, 7:31 AM
What a week.
jerryblake - 8/24/2013, 7:40 AM
Casey Affleck is Batman ... Finally
Bodwulf - 8/24/2013, 7:41 AM
How an American is going to play Batman I will never know. Do you know how much tea he will have to drink? And they drink it once a day everyday! Ben will never catch up!!! Acting is for the Brits!!! Or in a pinch you can us an Australian. Americans can only be supporting cast. COME ON WB!
ManCalledSting - 8/24/2013, 7:44 AM
It has been a great week for news. Ben Affleck as Batman(i eagerly await the suits reveal, you know they've been throwing ideas around)is awsome news, Joss Whedon even agrees. Speaking of Whedon, I'm looking forward to Age of Ultron, but I wish they would have called it something else. Using the name of a recent story arc seems like they're shooting for cheap publicity, which is smart, but this movie isn't following that story at all, other than Ultron being in it.
Bodwulf - 8/24/2013, 7:50 AM


@Intruder I am making a jest about how people sometimes complain that Spidey and Batman and Supes are all Brits. just joshing. :)
ManCalledSting - 8/24/2013, 7:55 AM
Personally I think Affleck with be a great Batman and damn good Wayne. Plus I have a feeling it will a lot more Batman and a lot less Wayne this time around.
Sophisticated - 8/24/2013, 8:04 AM
Not really liking the Bradley cooper voice thing.
ABLEE337 - 8/24/2013, 8:11 AM
The desecration of LOBO is the biggest news for me.
F.U. DC, wasn't a hater until that.

EpitomeofAwesome - 8/24/2013, 8:15 AM
Man, no news this week, huh? :P
Mrsinister - 8/24/2013, 8:22 AM
@intruder Ben Afflek has a freaking Oscar and The Town is an awesome movie! Gtfo
TheWolverine08 - 8/24/2013, 8:26 AM
@0megaDaGod I have to agree with you man. If WB continues the way they are going, we'll all be dead before they catch Marvel.
JasonBlue - 8/24/2013, 8:32 AM
Great, now make Jennifer Lawrence Wonder Woman.


ManCalledSting - 8/24/2013, 8:35 AM
I don't understand this whole "WB will never catch Marvel, and DC movies will die" attitude some people have, they act as though it's a race. I'm just patiently awaiting movies about comic characters I like, and as long as they are done well, and I enjoy them, nothing else matters.
TheWolverine08 - 8/24/2013, 8:35 AM
@OldGreg People are saying what they think.
ManCalledSting - 8/24/2013, 8:36 AM
So far this year, Star Trek: Into Darkness is still the best movie I've seen.
MrReese - 8/24/2013, 8:42 AM
Went 2 c "We're The Millers" yesterday.God damn is Jennifer smoking!

DudeGuyMan - 8/24/2013, 8:45 AM
Riveting stuff. I was just thinking how we don't have enough top 5 articles on this site.
thewonderer - 8/24/2013, 8:46 AM
Having trouble against legendary villains like Ras, Joker, and Bane = shitty Batman.
ABLEE337 - 8/24/2013, 8:50 AM
I think that if you're one of those people hating on Affleck because of Daredevil. I think it's unfair.

The problem was Mark Steven Johnson, the director & the script.
Affleck was miscasted and directed by someone who shouldn't be directing feature films, let alone write them.

You could have casted fan fav Michael C Hall and it still would have sucked.

Mark Steven Johnson directed 2 of the worse comicbook movies, both have that same shitty flavor with both starring roles miscasted.

Not saying Affleck is the best choice but it could have been worse.

MikeRaider - 8/24/2013, 9:08 AM

3DWitchHunt - 8/24/2013, 9:11 AM
Pumped to see what The Fleck can do, and I didnt even want an older Batman

BvS suddenly jumped up on my most anticipated of 2015

Now, if only these two could somehow make it into the story...
scarletcarsonK - 8/24/2013, 9:15 AM
It's exciting that they've finally cast a new Batman for the upcoming movie, but does anyone get the feeling that DC is going a little too fast with the whole "Superman/Batman" project. They can make movies independent of trying to show up Marvel.
JoeMomma29 - 8/24/2013, 9:17 AM
LMAO! The movie has not even started production and Marvelite trolls are already talking trash. Just shows how much of a life they have. (also goes for Nolanites as well)
3DWitchHunt - 8/24/2013, 9:17 AM
Sotoa
That Supermax movie always sounded like an interesting way to introduce a hero. Not a by the numbers origin film.
Hope something along those lines gets made down the line in the DCCU
papacoe80 - 8/24/2013, 9:21 AM
Good Readin'

thalidomide - 8/24/2013, 9:36 AM
JoeMomma29 - 8/24/2013, 9:38 AM
^^^^^^^^^^^
Freakin hilarious!
thewonderer - 8/24/2013, 9:50 AM
The man made Cop Out. Smith shouldn't come anywhere near JL.

Have Affleck direct and write all the DC universe.
ImTheCaptainOfThisShip - 8/24/2013, 9:57 AM
Wheres the news about the Lobo re design? It's the best news story this week!


Kidding. im not that stupid.
ManDeth - 8/24/2013, 9:57 AM
@fangz Are you from an alternate reality where Kevin Smith is a great director?
In this reality: Kevin Smith sucks!

He's like some fat retard stuck in the mid 1990's. Needless to say he's going to Kickstarter to finance Clerks 3. So 20 years after Clerks, Smith is still stuck on the bottom of the film industry but Steven Seagal is there as well so maybe misery likes company.

Maybe Smith will get to visit the set though because he knows Affleck. Maybe he will get to see how real movies are made, the kind of movies he doesn't make.
Maybe he will get to eat some WB food and smoke some joints with the crew also.
Something for him to look forward to.
lizero - 8/24/2013, 10:23 AM
I seen to have the opposite opinion to everyone, I love the idea of Ben playing Batman yet I completely hate the idea of Bradley voicing Rocket Racoon.
BanthaSkull - 8/24/2013, 11:36 AM
@ BlackJack10

That just about sums it up.

Haters were complaining about Evans and Ruffalo also.
papacoe80 - 8/24/2013, 11:51 AM
Someone needs to open a window and let it go...

NeoBaggins - 8/24/2013, 12:14 PM
Negative casting comments from a group who thinks Clark Gregg is VISION material. smh
bagadoosh - 8/24/2013, 1:11 PM
what the [frick] is the internet ?
SuperGuy83 - 8/24/2013, 2:07 PM
Ben Affleck is Perfect Successor for But Will Always Be The Definitive Batman
UrbanKnight - 8/24/2013, 3:08 PM
Wait, so there was other news this week besides Batfleck!?
ABLEE337 - 8/24/2013, 3:16 PM
@ UrbanKnight

LOBO lost his balls!
UrbanKnight - 8/24/2013, 3:54 PM
@ABLEE337 Oh no! Hopefully he is just going through a phase.
RLG - 8/24/2013, 4:02 PM
Batman Suit to defeat Superman should look like this:
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