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Why Keaton Is Still The DCEU’s Best Replacement For Affleck’s Batman



Michael Keaton is actually the best possible Batman replacement for Ben Affleck in the DCEU, and he will only enhance the hero’s role within the franchise. One of the DCEU’s first major controversies was the backlash to Affleck’s Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice — a much darker hero obsessed with stopping Superman and willing to break the Dark Knight’s infamous “no-kill” rule. Though the consensus on Affleck’s Batman later shifted to a more favorable opinion, the character has been forever marred by that initial reaction.

After Ben Affleck’s solo Batman movie failed to come to fruition, the actor announced his exit from the role. The decision was made to replace Affleck’s Batman with another version in the DCEU, ensuring that the DC franchise wouldn’t go without one of its most iconic characters. This paved the way for Michael Keaton’s return to the role — facilitated by The Flash‘s multiverse narrative — three decades after last playing the part in Batman Returns.


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Replacing Ben Affleck’s Batman is no easy task, but it would seem that the DCEU may have found the perfect solution, even with Batgirl’s controversial cancelation. Not only does Keaton’s Batman possess a number of similarities to Affleck’s, but he is also a character capable of fixing a number of the DCEU’s most pressing problems. Though Affleck’s Batman deserves better, replacing him with Michael Keaton’s version of the character is actually the best way to proceed with the DCEU as a whole.

Using A Previous Batman Is Better For The Franchise

One of the biggest hurdles to replacing a character as vital to the DCEU as Batman is establishing who the new version is and why he’s a worthy successor, but Michael Keaton’s return preempts this. Keaton’s Batman has already had two movies, so there’s very little need to explain the character’s backstory or his origins, as this was already done in Tim Burton’s Batman and Batman Returns. With Keaton’s Batman simply coming from another universe, there’s no need to retread old ground, and it also doesn’t make Burton’s movies DCEU canon, which saves a lot of messy exposition.

More than just saving time, Michael Keaton’s Batman return also practically guarantees an audience boost. Those who enjoyed Burton’s movies but haven’t followed the DCEU so far will be tempted back, particularly as the prospect of his return after 30 years is incredibly enticing. The Flash is free to explore as much or as little of Keaton’s Batman story as it needs to — which makes the return of a previous Batman far better than the alternative.

Keaton’s Batman Best Matches Affleck’s Tone

Another way that Michael Keaton is the perfect replacement for Ben Affleck in the DCEU is that their versions of the hero share a number of similarities. Both characters are older incarnations of Batman, in the later stages of their respective careers, meaning that both are highly experienced and grizzled veterans of vigilantism. What’s more, both Keaton and Affleck’s characters famously broke Batman’s “no-kill” rule, making their approach to crime-fighting similar, too.

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By making use of an alternate Batman so similar to the DCEU’s original one, the franchise ensures a relatively smooth transition from one to the other. Incorporating the tone of Keaton’s character into the world of the DCEU will still take some work, but the similarities between the two heroes will help to ease the passing of the torch. Making the DCEU’s new Batman one that’s not too far removed from its first is a sensible decision, and will help with maintaining a sense of narrative and tonal continuity.

How Keaton Will Be An Improvement For The DCEU

There are elements of Michael Keaton’s Batman that will actually help fix a number of the franchise’s worst issues. The most common criticism of the DCEU, including its Batman characterization, is that everything is far too dark and self-serious. The lack of levity, particularly in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, has been a major contributing factor to the DCEU’s problems, and Ben Affleck’s Batman is the biggest source of the franchise’s needless angst.

However, Keaton’s Batman, while similar in some ways, is subtly different in others, making his version of the character the perfect savior for the DCEU. The distinctly gothic but decidedly less self-serious tone of Tim Burton’s Batman movies delivered a singular take on Gotham City and its most famous vigilante, and that slightly more light-hearted approach to Batman’s darkness is something that will hopefully translate to a better future for the DCEU. Keaton’s Batman should help alleviate some of the needless grittiness from the DCEU, and that’s something that can only help the franchise as it moves forward.

Why Other Existing Batman Actors Wouldn’t Work

The DCEU replacing its Batman actually could have been disastrous if the wrong version of the Dark Knight was brought into the franchise. To work well as a part of the DCEU’s stories, the version of Batman brought in must possess certain qualities, and as every live-action Batman actor brings something different to the role, not every Batman would fit the bill. To better understand why Keaton makes the perfect replacement for Affleck, it’s important to understand why other Batman actors wouldn’t work.

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It would be impossible to reconcile the tone of Joel Schumacher’s movies, Batman Forever and Batman & Robin, with that of the DCEU, ruling out both Val Kilmer and George Clooney’s hypothetical returns. Christian Bale’s Batman from Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy is one of the most iconic portrayals of the hero, but he also wouldn’t work because it’s a much more grounded take on the character, which would feel out of place within the DCEU. Robert Pattinson’s younger Batman can be ruled out for similar reasons. And David Mazouz’s version from Gotham wouldn’t work because he’s simply too young to convincingly step into Affleck’s DCEU role.

The many ways in which other Batman actors wouldn’t work within the DCEU actually highlights just how perfectly Keaton can replace Affleck. The elements that make their two versions of the hero alike are a major consideration, but their differences are also key, as they’ll help Keaton’s Batman redeem the DCEU’s problems. Michael Keaton’s Batman in the DCEU is actually the most fitting replacement for Ben Affleck’s, and it’s an exciting prospect for the franchise’s future.

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Avatar 2 Trails Behind Top Gun 2 in Slow U.S. Box Office Opening Week



Avatar: The Way of Water sluggishly crosses the $200 million mark on day 8 of its U.S. box office run, trailing behind Top Gun: Maverick.

Avatar: The Way of Water is still tracking behind Top Gun: Maverick at the end of its first week in the domestic box office. The film, which came to theaters on December 16, is the long-awaited sequel to the smash hit Avatar from 2009, which is still one of the highest grossing films of all time. James Cameron returned to direct The Way of Water along with many returning cast members like Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldaña, Sigourney Weaver, and Stephen Lang, though not every actor is playing the same character they played in the original film. The film follows Jake and Neytiri as they navigate parenthood on Pandora, only to have the humans return, bent on exterminating the Na’vi once and for all.


Per Deadline, Avatar: The Way of Water‘s domestic box office has accrued an additional $14.5 million yesterday, bringing its cumuative total to $197.5 million and meaning it will cross the $200 million mark today, on day 8. The film is now standing alongside other high-grossing but not record-breaking films that took 8 days to cross that line, including Jurassic World Dominion, Thor: Love and Thunder, and 2019’s Captain Marvel. Its first week is also tracking slightly behind this year’s legacy sequel hit Top Gun: Maverick, which performed 4 percent better in the domestic box office during its first week in theaters.

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Why is Avatar: The Way of Water’s Opening Week Slightly Less Than Impressive?

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Avatar: The Way of Water‘s opening week has only been unimpressive on the scale set by the legacy of the original film. However, due to its enormous price tag (which has been estimated to be somewhere between $350 and $450 million before factoring in publicity and advertising costs), the film will need to accrue quite a few more weeks like this in order to break even. Cameron himself has admitted that it will have to become one of the highest-grossing films of all time in order to turn a profit, which may require a gross to the tune of $2 billion.

However, this slightly damp opening week doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t reach that goal. The run time of Avatar: The Way of Water, which exceeds three hours, means that theaters can’t run as many screenings per day as they can with shorter films. There have also been extreme weather conditions and power outages in huge swaths of the American Midwest, meaning that some fans have been unable to see the movie as planned this week. As theaters reopen in those areas, the film may get a boost that helps it keep its week 2 from slumping hard after its opening.

Avatar: The Way of Water is also a film that is designed to be an event. This means that viewers are more likely to prioritize large-format premium screenings and 3D showings, both of which feature higher ticket prices. Repeat viewings will also likely help boost the belated Avatar sequel’s total gross, though it remains to be seen exactly how high it can possibly go.

Source: Deadline

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Elm Street Remake Actor Clarifies Alleged Diss On Freddy Kreuger Movie



Kyle Gallner, who played Quentin in A Nightmare on Elm Street 2010, clarified comments that fans online misconstrued as dissing the horror remake.

A Nightmare on Elm Street star Kyle Gallner has clarified comments that were misconstrued as him dissing the 2010 movie. The actor, who would go on to star in other horror projects including this year’s Scream and Smile, had an early role in the film, which was a reimagining of the 1984 supernatural slasher classic of the same name. Gallner played Quentin Smith, a member of the swim team who becomes instrumental in helping the final girl Nancy Holbrook (Rooney Mara) figure out why they are being haunted in their dreams by the knife-gloved killer Freddy Krueger (Jackie Earle Haley).


On Twitter, the YouTube channel Beyond the Mask asked fans to challenge themselves to say something about the generally reviled Nightmare on Elm Street remake, which Gallner tweeted, “they had this local Italian place bring food in for the craft service truck and the meatballs were killer.” The tweet went viral among horror fans, with readers assuming that the comment was meant as shade toward the film. However, Gallner followed up that tweet to say it was misinterpreted and that he was merely “sharing behind the scenes greatness.” He also went on to reveal other tidbits, including the fact that he was accidentally cut for real while filming a Freddy scene and that he was allowed to keep the Speedo he wore for his swim practice scene. Check out both posts below:

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Why Fans Hate A Nightmare On Elm Street 2010

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2010’s A Nightmare on Elm Street featured a group of up-and-coming stars, including Gallner, Mara, and The Twilight Saga‘s Kellan Lutz, along with more established stars like Haley and Friday Night Lights‘ Connie Britton. It was also a commercial success, making $117.7 million at the box office off its $35 million budget. In spite of this, it became the worst-reviewed entry in the franchise among fans and critics alike. It holds a dismal Rotten Tomatoes score of 14% and fares a little better on Metacritic with a generally unfavorable score of 35.

There are several reasons for the film’s incredibly poor reception. The first is a rather obvious one – it’s a remake of a minted horror classic. Considering how much enduring love there is for the original Nightmare on Elm Street and the Freddy Krueger legacy it spawned, a modern retelling of the same story was unlikely to fare well. There was also the matter that Krueger was being recast for the first time. Unlike masked killers Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers, Freddy is tied inextricably with a single actor, Robert Englund, who played him in all eight Elm Street films before 2010 as well as two seasons of the anthology show, Freddy’s Nightmares.

There was little chance of a positive reception for a new Freddy Krueger unless he was absolutely perfect, but the film around the character also failed him. 2010’s A Nightmare on Elm Street screenplay took him to a much darker place, adding molestation elements on top of his murderous tendencies, which hurt his backstory severely. For all those reasons and more, no new Elm Street film has materialized in the decade nor changed since the remake’s release.

Source: Kyle Gallner/Twitter

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Birdie Is Glass Onion’s Undisputed Champion In Knives Out Fans’ Minds



Following the Netflix premiere of Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, fans single out Kate Hudson’s Birdie Jay as the undisputed champion of the film.

WARNING: Spoilers for Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery below.Following the premiere of Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, fans hone in on Kate Hudson’s Birdie Jay as one of the best characters in the film. Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery premiered on the streaming service on December 23, after enjoying a limited theatrical release on November 23. The film is the highly anticipated sequel to the hit 2019 film, Knives Out. Netflix purchased the rights to the Knives Out franchise in 2021 and ordered two standalone sequels starring Daniel Craig’s Benoit Blanc. The majority of the Knives Out cast did not return for the sequel, as it follows Blanc tackling a new mystery as he investigates the death of businesswoman Cassandra “Andi” Brand (Janelle Monáe), and her suspicious rich friends.


Since Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery‘s theatrical and streaming debut, Birdie’s name has arisen frequently in praise from fans. Users took to social media to praise Hudson’s performance. In the film, Birdie is one of the murder suspects and is a former model turned fashion designer. She has infectious energy and enthusiasm and is very extra in pretty much every way, from her vibrant fashion statements to her over-the-top strut. Birdie proved effective as fans began sharing their positive reactions to her. Check out some of the posts below:

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Glass Onion Is Full Of Standout Characters

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Just like the first film, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery seriously delivered when it came to star power. The ensemble cast included the likes of Edward Norton, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom, Jr., Hudson, and Dave Bautista. It also included some celebrity cameos from Natasha Lyonne and the late Stephen Sondheim. However, the cast didn’t just attract attention for their big names, but also for their outstanding performances. All the characters are vibrant, eccentric, flawed, and hilarious. Benoit, of course, is a standout character. He is quirky, brilliant, relentless, and filled with gentlemanly mannerisms and styles.

Craig’s brilliance as Detective Benoit is also evidenced by Netflix’s decision to make a film series centered on his character. Other standout characters include Norton’s Miles Bron and Monáe’s Brand. Norton brilliantly portrays the antagonistic billionaire tech CEO and provides the backbone for the film’s commentary on excessive wealth. Meanwhile, Monáe boldly takes on the role of Blanc’s assistant and plays off of Craig brilliantly as she adds extra heart and humanity to the film. Dave Bautista is another character who, like Birdie, ramped up the comedic elements of the film with his hilarious portrayal of the moronic men’s rights activist Duke Cody.

Ultimately, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery is filled with standout characters who are elevated by a few factors. Even though every single one of them is flawed, and some represent everything that is wrong with social media influence and the wealthy, they still manage to be either deeply interesting or wholly lovable. Some of them resonate well with viewers because they accurately reflect real-life figures, while others just resonate because they are so hilarious, extra, and self-assured. They’re quite an unusual lot, but it works. Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery isn’t a perfect film, but its colorful cast of characters and strong actors made it a very good film and a strong successor to the original.

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