Haters be damned! Here's one guy who doesn't put much stock into the Batfleck uproar: Batfleck himself.
Ben Affleck made his first comments about landing the part of Batman in Zack Snyder's upcoming "Man of Steel" sequel on last night's episode of "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon." He opened up about the casting process and what studio executives warned him about the possible fallout.
"It's so awesome, man. I'm so excited," he said. "They called me up and said, 'do you want to do this,' and I'm like, 'What? I'm not 25, man, are you sure about this? They said come down and we'll show you what we're doing, and it was incredible," Affleck told Fallon.
By Tami Katzoff
Sarah Paulson's experience on the set of Joss Whedon's first feature film, "Serenity," wasn't exactly a positive one. "It was awful," she semi-seriously said while promoting the upcoming historical drama "12 Years a Slave," starring another "Serenity" vet, Chiwetel Ejiofor.
"And here's why: I didn't get to act with anybody. I was on an enormous soundstage, we shot it in one day, and it was a big green screen, and I had to act like I was being attacked and mauled by Ravers. Reavers. Raspers. What were they? Reavers. And I had to put a gun to my head and kill myself. In front of all these people, being attacked by these things that weren't actually there."
Yet Paulson understands the importance of "Serenity" to Whedonites old and new. "I'm so glad to have been a part of it," she said.
By Ryan Rigley
It's alive! With only two episodes of "Breaking Bad" left ever, AMC is now in the process of expanding upon the universe of one of its other hit-series: "The Walking Dead." "Building on the success of the most popular show on television for adults 18-49 is literally a no-brainer," explains AMC president Charlie Collier. "We look forward to working with Robert, Gale and Dave again as we develop an entirely new story and cast of characters."
With a target date of 2015, this new series marks the third "Walking Dead" show to hit the cable network after the original "Walking Dead" series and Chris Hardwick's "Talking Dead" talk show. For "Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman, it will mark his fourth television project following the small screen adaptations of "The Walking Dead," "Thief of Thieves," and "Clone" over at Universal.
"After 10 years of writing the comic book series and being so close to the debut of our fourth, and in my opinion, best season of the TV series, I couldn't be more thrilled about getting the chance to create a new corner of 'The Walking Dead' universe," states Kirkman on the companion series. “The opportunity to make a show that isn't tethered by the events of the comic book, and is truly a blank page, has set my creativity racing."
There isn't much Chin Han can tell you about his upcoming role in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," except for this: working with Robert Redford was a dream.
Already known to comic book movie fans for his role in "The Dark Knight" as cowardly crook Lau, Han is set to join the opposite side of the law with his role in "Winter Soldier." He's one of the members of the World Security Council, which means he'll have a decent amount of screen-time with Redford, who plays S.H.I.E.L.D. head Alexander Pierce.
"I got to act with my childhood film idol, Robert Redford, and that's a gift in itself," said the actor in a new interview. "He's amazing, he's in his 70s but he is a good looking man."
Well, that was (wait for it) fast.
Just days after a group of actors were revealed to be in the running for The CW's new "Flash" series, comes word of finalized casting: Grant Gustin is officially the fastest man alive.
FROM MTV GEEK
This week was all about actors name-dropping the heroes they think they'd be perfect for. First Katee Sackhoff admitted that she would love to play Captain Marvel (following the outbreak of a rumor that that was going to happen from last week). Then earlier today, Channing Tatum pretty much auditioned for the X-Man Gambit in an interview. Now, "Glee" actor Harry Shum Jr. casually mentioned in an interview with MTV Geek that there's one DC character he's had his eye on becoming: Nightwing.
Shum name-dropped Nightwing after explaining how his dance background could easily translate into superheroics. "I love it," Shum told MTV Geek. "I mean, I grew up on comic books and superheroes, so right now it's the rage. But I've been wanting to play him since I was a kid, so it'd be a dream come true... I'm game, man! Put me in a super hero movie, put me in a Star Wars movie, and I can die happy." Of all the heroes in the DC Universe, Nightwing is known for being one of the most agile and physical. After all, that's Dick Grayson—the original Robin—underneath that mask, and that kid grew up in a circus performing as an acrobat!
You can check out the video interview over at MTV Geek!
by Brett White
The LA Times' Hero Complex has published an in-depth look at the long road "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." has traveled, all the way from being an idea in executive producer Jeph Loeb's mind after watching the Marvel short film "Item 47," all the way to being quite possibly the fall's most highly-anticipated drama.
The article includes over a dozen new photos of the cast on their elaborate set, which mimics the interior of the giant, state-of-the-art S.H.I.E.L.D. airplane that the sextet uses to traverse the globe, tracking down new super-threats. Actors Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, and Chloe Bennet can be seen shooting the fourth episode of the show. In addition to the photos, the article reveals a few new facts about the pilot. Check out the facts and photos after the jump!
by Brett White
Ever since Ben Affleck was cast as Batman in Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel" sequel, celebrities have come out in support of the decision to counteract the internet's less-than-positive response. So far Hugh Jackman, Josh Brolin, and Jennifer Garner have all been revealed as pro-Batfleck—now we can add Mark Wahlberg to the list.
"Ben's a great guy, you know," Wahlberg told MTV News' Josh Horowitz last weekend. "He's a really talented guy... I'm proud of him, and I think hopefully he can prove his naysayers wrong." Wahlberg also took the time to call out critics and fans, who he believes have been especially hard on films this year and have taken delight in watching films fail. Wahlberg was also grateful to have seemingly gotten through his casting in "Transformers: Age of Extinction" unscathed.
"Isn't it crazy that they didn't do all these complaint campaigns about me being in 'Transformers'? I just slipped through the cracks before people started realizing, 'Holy s---, we can voice our opinions and we'll ruin somebody!'" Check out the entire video below.
Do you agree with Mark Wahlberg about Batfleck? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter!
by Brett White
In a new interview with Total Film, "White House Down" duo Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum both open up about a few comic book movies. Yeah, Jamie Foxx does have a few words to say about the possibility of the Sinister Six popping up in a later "Amazing Spider-Man" film, which is something that co-star Paul Giamatti has mentioned as well. "They actually talked about doing the Sinister Six, so fingers crossed," says Foxx. But maybe this shows my X-bias a bit, but the real interesting part of the clip involves Channing Tatum and the charismatic X-Man, Gambit.
"I would like to play Gambit," said Tatum. "Gambit's my favorite, cause I'm from New Orleans—or around that area, my dad's from New Orleans—and I like to do the Cajun accent, and I can do it for real."
Ben Affleck isn't even really Batman yet, and he's already "tired" and "weary."
Those are the adjectives that the folks behind Zack Snyder's untitled "Man of Steel" sequel are using to describe Affleck's take on the Caped Crusader. During a Beverly Hills conference on Thursday, Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara spoke about the studio's upcoming projects, from the newly-announced "Harry Potter" spinoff "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them" to Snyder's planned "Superman vs. Batman" team-up.
According to Tsujihara, fans can count on Affleck to be "tired, and kind of weary and seasoned" when he steps into the role of Bruce Wayne. The executive called Affleck "perfect" for the part.