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Warner Bros. reportedly concerned that Justice League could open lower than Thor: Ragnarok

The sixth and final superhero movie of 2017 hit cinemas today, as Warner Bros. assembles its greatest heroes for the DC team-up movie Justice League.

It’s the second superhero movie we’ve had in recent weeks after Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok, and according to THR, executives at Warner Bros. are apparently sweating over Justice League’s opening weekend, being concerned that it may fail to outperform its Marvel rival.

“If a B character from Marvel shut downs and outperforms the A team from DC, that’s an embarrassment,” the trade quotes an insider at the studio. “It’s going to be a stressful weekend for some [Warners] execs.”

See Also: Read our reviews of Justice League here and here.

Thor: Ragnarok opened to $122.7 million domestically, while Justice League is said to be tracking between $110 million and $120 million – although as we’ve seen on numerous occasions, tracking is often wide of the mark.
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Justice League’s Rotten Tomatoes score finally revealed

The Rotten Tomatoes score for Justice League has at last been released, giving the comic book team-up flick a less than desirable 40%.

Many eyebrows were raised at the news of Rotten Tomatoes delaying their score for the much anticipated DC superhero movie Justice League. Normally the scores are released well in advance (as soon as the review embargo is lifted) but on this occasion Rt delayed the release until the day before the film arrives in cinemas.

What made matters more curious still was the fact that Warner Bros. – the studio behind Justice League – owns a stake in Fandango (Rotten Tomatoes’ parent company). This indicating to some that WB didn’t want the score getting out there and influencing audience’s not to see the movie.

All of this is in the past, however, as we now know that Justice League has a 40% score. This comprises of 136 reviews at this
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“Justice League” tries to save the day for DC

Today is the day for DC and Warner Brothers. At long last, all of their superheroes are sharing the screen. A few hours from now, the first public screenings of Justice League will begin, giving fans a chance to not just see Batman, Superman (yes, he’s in it…duh), and Wonder Woman on screen, but also Aquaman, Flash, and more. This has been the goal since Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was first given the thumbs up. So, what about the quality? Well, it’s better than Suicide Squad, I’ll give it that. Where it stands elsewhere, well, that’s something we’ll get to below… The film continues the story began in Man of Steel and continued in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Taking place after the events of the latter, the world now lives with the death of Clark Kent/Superman (Henry Cavill). His
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Update: Matt Reeves reportedly eyeing Jake Gyllenhaal as replacement for Ben Affleck in The Batman

Update: In his latest video, John Campea is now claiming that Jake Gyllenhaal is being eyed for the role of Batman, and that Matt Reeves is considering two ideas for his trilogy – one which would serve as a prequel to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and the other as a standalone series of films. Original story follows…

Ben Affleck has once again got the internet fired up over his recent comments about his potential involvement in Matt Reeves’ upcoming The Batman trilogy. A month ago, it seemed Ben was in it for the long haul, but recent comments have seen him play a bit coy on the topic. Not to say he won’t sign on, but it does seem he is approaching the decision carefully. Regardless of the likelihood that he will stay involved, it’s understandable director Matt Reeves has started eyeing other actors. One in particular,
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Second Opinion – Justice League (2017)

Justice League, 2017.

Starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams, Ciarán Hinds, Diane Lane, Amber Heard, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Billy Crudup, J.K. Simmons, Kiersey Clemons and Jeremy Irons.


Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Whether one considers Justice League a Zack Snyder or Joss Whedon blockbuster (the latter was brought in to film quite a few reshoots, and dodgy CGI
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Ciaran Hinds discusses Justice League’s villain Steppenwolf

We’re just a few short hours away from the release of Justice League, the latest chapter in the DC Extended Universe, which sees DC’s greatest heroes teaming up to save the world from the threat of Steppenwolf, played by former Game of Thrones star Ciaran Hinds. We’ve only had a few brief glimpses of the villain during the marketing campaign, but now the actor has been chatting about his character, and offering up details on his role in the film.

“I guess you’d call him a super-villain,” states Hinds. “He hails from the planet of Apokolips and he is the general of the Apokoliptian army who has come to take the world. For thousands of years he’s been in search of the Mother Boxes, which are all-powerful entities. He’s in search of all-power, and that’s his journey… His powers are physical rather than any form of mental agility.
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Armie Hammer is relieved that he never got to play Batman in Justice League Mortal: “I wouldn’t want to watch a 19-year-old Batman”

Once upon a time, a Justice League film was in the works under the direction of George Miller. The film was called Justice League Mortal, and in addition to the rest of the core League, the film would have featured an entirely new Batman. The unknown actor pegged to play Bruce Wayne was some guy named Armie Hammer.

It was very confusing to follow this news right smack dab in the middle of the Bale-era of Batman. This guy was young, and… blonde. Of course, the film never panned out, and we have gotten very familiar with Armie Hammer over the years, who has given some excellent performances in films like The Social Network, and is receiving raves for his upcoming film Call Me By Your Name. So, years later, what does Hammer think of missing out on such an iconic role? Speaking to Vulture, the actor expresses relief:

“For a long time,
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Justice League tipped for $325 million plus worldwide opening weekend

It may have received mixed reviews following the lift of today’s embargo, but it seems that much like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, Warner Bros.’ latest Dceu release Justice League is going to be critic-proof, at least for its opening weekend.

According to Deadline, the DC ensemble is looking at a domestic opening weekend of around $110 million and $120 million, with a further $215 million to $235 million internationally, for a global debut of between $325 million and $355 million.

Either of those figures would put Justice League comfortably ahead of Man of Steel ($202 million), Suicide Squad ($267 million) and Wonder Woman ($228.3 million) and would in fact by the second-biggest ever opening for a DC movie behind Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which debuted with a whopping $422.5 million worldwide in 2016 (currently the fifth biggest opening of all time).

See Also: Jason Momoa confirms popular Aquaman fan theory from Man of Steel
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Movie Review – Justice League (2017)

Justice League, 2017

Directed by Zack Snyder.

Starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams, Ciarán Hinds, Diane Lane, Amber Heard, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Billy Crudup, J.K. Simmons, Kiersey Clemons and Jeremy Irons.


After the death of Superman, Batman has to assemble a team of superheroes to combat a powerful alien threat. Joined by Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg, they must put aside their differences to save the world from Steppenwolf.

After what has felt much longer than it actually has been, Justice League is finally here. Many Dceu fans have been worried about how this would turn out with the constant drama surrounding the film, both behind the scenes and among fans, but no one needs to worry. Justice League is great, and embodies the spirit of the DC Universe while opening up new doors for the future of the Dceu.
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Justice League edges out Batman v Superman on Metacritic

The reviews for Justice League are in and the news is mixed, with the film currently sitting at an uninspiring 51 on Metacritic.

This score on the film review aggregator, displaying scores out of 100 for all the latest releases in film and TV, puts Justice League just ahead of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (44) at this stage.

So far there have been 31 reviews compiled by Metacritic for Justice League, and by comparison, BvS’s score was generated by 51 reviews. So there is still room for change for the latest Dceu effort, but the bad news is that these scores tend to go down rather than up as new reviews come in.

The general feeling seems to be that Justice League is an improvement on the likes of BvS and Suicide Squad (40 on metacritic) but a letdown following the very popular Wonder Woman (76).

Another metric which many fans gauge a film
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Justice League Reviews Are Savage Af--but Wonder Woman Saves the Movie

Justice League Reviews Are Savage Af--but Wonder Woman Saves the Movie
Of course Wonder Woman saves the day. Warner Bros.' Justice League is in theaters Friday, and early reviews are...not great. The cast includes Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Billy Crudup as Henry Allen, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Amber Heard as Mera, Ciarán Hinds as Steppenwolf, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Joe Morton as Silas Stone, Connie Nielsen as Hippolyta, J. K. Simmons as James Gordon and Robin Wright as Antiope. Joe Manganiello (Deathstroke) and Jesse Eisenberg (Lex Luthor) also appear in a post-credits scene. Directed by Zack Snyder (from a screenplay by...
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Jason Momoa confirms popular Aquaman fan theory from Man of Steel

Before the DC Extended Universe, there was simply Man of Steel. A film meant to revive the Superman franchise in the same way that Christopher Nolan breathed new life into Batman. Even early trailers felt a bit like ‘Christopher Nolan Presents Superman’. However, when the film failed to stand on its own critically, Warner Bros. swerved into full shared-universe mode. It seems that they were prepared too: remember the Wayne Enterprises tease towards the end of the film, way up in space?

There is another tease also. Well, maybe. See, a lot of fans have thought that Aquaman absolutely saves Superman’s life in Man of Steel, early on in the film. Up to this point, we have had never had any confirmation that this is the case, but Jason Momoa just confirmed it. Speaking to DC All Access, the Aquaman actor revealed that he learned this info from Zack Snyder
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Ray Fisher reveals the villains that he would like to see appear in a Cyborg solo film

Justice League is nearly out in theaters, and that means Cyborg is about to be thrust into the mainstream spotlight. Sure, the general public knows about Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Superman, and even Aquaman (though perhaps for all the wrong reasons), but Cyborg? Maybe not. If the character is received well, however, he may very well get his own solo film. If that happens, what villain would Cyborg actor Ray Fisher like to take on? Appearing on Popcorn Talk, Fisher gives his answer:

“With this kind of story, I’d love to see it be a little bit more intimate, a little bit more specific to Cyborg. There is a sort of Cyborg special that they had done years ago where he fights a group called Phantom Limbs, which is this mercenary group of cybernetically-enhanced individuals who are very much like him. I think seeing him take on people who
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Justice League producer says reshoots account for around 20% of the movie

It’s starting to become par for the course with DC movies that their productions are rife with rumour and speculation about behind-the-scenes drama, and sure enough that has been the case with the most recent, Justice League, which opens in cinemas this week.

Throughout the production there was talk that Warner Bros. was unhappy with the direction of the Dceu as a whole, and that major changes were being enforced on the team-up movie. With director Zack Snyder opting to step away after a personal tragedy, Joss Whedon was brought in to oversee reshoots which were rumoured to be everything from minor adjustments to a complete overhaul.

While it’s unlikely we’ll never know for certain just how much Whedon has altered the final movie, producer Charles Roven has been chatting to The Washington Times about the reshoots, stating that they account for around 15-20% of the film.
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Spoilers: Justice League post-credits scenes revealed

Spoilers for the post-credits scenes of Justice League follow. You have been warned…

Having recently screened for critics around the world, we can now tell readers some spoilerific secrets regarding what goes on after the credits for Justice League.

The first takes place around 30 seconds in, showing Superman and The Flash getting ready to race to the Pacific Ocean. The two wager a bet on the victor harkening back to some jokes earlier on in the film. All around, it’s an amusing sequence composed of the lighthearted and comedic elements that work within the blockbuster.

Finally, once the credits have finished rolling completely, it is revealed that Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor has escaped Arkham Asylum. The setting then shifts to a luxurious yacht where Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke enters the residing area of Lex Luthor, who mentions that evil should have a league of its own. Following Lex’s statement,
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Ben Affleck explains why he agreed to play Batman

It certainly hasn’t been all roses for Ben Affleck since he was first announced as securing the role of The Dark Knight for Warner Bros.’ DC Extended Universe.

His initial casting was met with a huge backlash from some fans (often par for the course when it comes to announcing a new Batman), and while he won over many naysayers with his role in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the film was pummelled by critics, resulting in the Sad Affleck meme.

Since then, he’s had to contend with the critical drubbing of his second outing Suicide Squad, as well as daily rumours and speculation about his future as Batman, particularly following his decision to vacate the director’s chair on The Batman.

With Justice League almost upon us, Affleck has recently stated that he’s “contemplating” whether to return for The Batman, which is now being directed
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J.K. Simmons and Ben Affleck discuss Justice League’s “badass” Commissioner Gordon

In just a few days time, we’ll be introduced to the newest take on Gotham City’s Police Commissioner James Gordon, as Oscar-winner J.K. Simmons makes his DC Extended Universe debut in the DC blockbuster Justice League, and Simmons has been chatting about his “badass” take on the iconic character.

“My take on Commissioner Gordon is that he’s a badass,” said Simmons. “But that’s an under-appreciated part of who he is, because he’s eclipsed by the ultimate badass, Batman. But Gordon is a tough ex-Marine, who worked his way up and can handle himself in the turf of bad guys. Compared to Batman, he’s just a regular guy, but compared to most people, he’s a champion.”

“I did another movie with J.K. called The Accountant, and he’s a fine actor,” added Ben Affleck, who could reunite with Simmons on The Batman, assuming
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Rotten Tomatoes is delaying the release of its Justice League score

The reveal of Justice League’s Rotten Tomatoes score has been delayed.

Rotten Tomatoes which aggregates review scores for movies, giving each film a subsequent percentage rating and a label of either fresh or rotten, has delayed its Justice League score, pushing it back until a day before the film’s release.

This is likely to raise one or two eyebrows and may indicate that fans should embrace for a less than desirable score.

There is no indication, however, that Warner Bros. had anything to do with the delay, but it’s fair to note that the studio does have an ownership stake in Rotten Tomatoes’ parent company Fandango.

Also noteworthy is that WB has set the review embargo for Justice League to be lifted on November 15th, incredibly close to the film’s release on November 17th.

Even excluding the Rt delay, the late embargo lift doesn’t look good for Justice League,
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House Of Cards May Not Be Able To Continue Without Kevin Spacey After All

Netflix’s House of Cards has been left in a state of disarray amid the damning allegations leveled against Kevin Spacey.

The Frank Underwood actor was thrust into the eye of a ferocious media storm late last month when Star Trek actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey, then 26, of making a sexual advance toward him when he was only 14. Soon after that, the floodgates opened, leaving Netflix with little choice but to formally dismiss Kevin Spacey from the House of Cards camp.

His absence seemingly leaves the door open for multiple spinoffs – spinoffs that could potentially shift the focus over to Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) and/or Doug Stamper (Michael Kelly) – but a new report from Blast warns that the inevitable transition may not be so simple after all. In fact, House of Cards may not be able to continue without Kevin Spacey.

Sources close to the outlet suggest that the
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Netflix Didn’t Completely Quit Kevin Spacey and Louis C.K., As Streamers Keep Accused Assaulters’ Old Shows

Netflix Didn’t Completely Quit Kevin Spacey and Louis C.K., As Streamers Keep Accused Assaulters’ Old Shows
Days after Netflix fired Kevin Spacey from “House of Cards” and canceled an upcoming Louis C.K. standup special, both disgraced stars can still be found on the streaming service.

Five pre-existing Louis C.K. comedy specials, including this spring’s “Louis C.K. 2017,” continue to live on the site, available for viewing.

Meanwhile, four projects still pop up when searching for Spacey’s name, including “House of Cards” and the documentary “Now: In the Wings on a World Stage,” a behind the scenes look at Spacey starring in the Bridge Project production of “Richard III.”

That’s not to say that the streaming service isn’t taking a hit: Netflix scrapped plans to release the Spacey starrer “Gore,” a Gore Vidal biopic that had already finished shooting. And it may have to start over on Season 6 of “House of Cards,” with Robin Wright now as star, even though that show had already been shooting.
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