Julia Roberts will star in and produce a feature adaptation of the Batkid documentary Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard around the World.
Batkid documentary, directed by Dana Nachman, is debuting at this year’s Slamdance Film Festival on January 24, and follows the story of Miles Scott, a 5-year-old boy diagnosed with leukemia who wanted to be Batman for a day.
The subsequent Make-A-Wish event turned into not only a citywide spectacle with over 25,000 San Francisco residents coming out to participate, but a worldwide phenomenon on social media with nearly 2 billion participants.
Julia Roberts will produce alongside partners Lisa Gillan and Marisa Yeres Gill through their Red Om Films banner.
Dana Nachman will serve as executive producer with Josh and Dan Braun of Submarine.
Ben Affleck’s first photo as Batman has been revealed by director Zack Snyder.
Ben Affleck is pictured standing next to the Batmobile in the brooding black-and-white shot, taken on set of the forthcoming Superman vs. Batman film.
Although the actor was a controversial choice to play the caped crusader, the new photo has had a positive reception.
Many have suggested it shows the older Batman from Frank Miller’s four-part comic book The Dark Knight Returns.
Ben Affleck’s first photo as Batman has been revealed by director Zack Snyder (photo Twitter/Zack Snyder)
Ben Affleck was not a universally popular choice to take over from Christian Bale.
A petition on Change.org urging film studio Warner Bros to “remove Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne in the Superman/Batman movie” has gathered more than 97,000 signatures since his casting was announced last summer.
Ben Affleck has laughed off the criticism, saying he is “a big boy” who can “handle” the backlash.
“When you get into the arena of those kinds of movies, these superhero movies, particularly ones that are working with characters that everyone’s known for so long, everybody’s got these strongly held opinions and preconceived ideas about what it should be,” he told Entertainment Weekly.
“At the same time, I don’t think projections about something that hasn’t happened yet are all that meaningful.
“I think at the end of the day, it’s like any other movie or project: You go out and make it great, people will say it’s great. If you go out and miss, you’ll hear about it.
“The stuff beforehand is kind of just the noise that happens.”
Ben Affleck will make his debut alongside Henry Cavill’s Superman, on May 6, 2016.
The as-yet-untitled film is a sequel to Man of Steel and will also feature Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and Ray Fisher as Cyborg.
Details of the plot are a closely guarded secret, but screenwriter David Goyer told San Diego ComicCon: “We’re actually not sure whether the title is Superman vs. Batman or Batman vs. Superman but yes, it’s that rematch, that combination, the two guys onscreen and that’s happening.”
The big screen’s team-up Superman vs. Batman has been delayed by almost a year, film studio Warner Bros has confirmed.
Originally scheduled for July 2015, Superman vs. Batman release date is now set for May 6, 2016.
A sequel to 2013’s Man of Steel, the as-yet-untitled film sees Ben Affleck stepping into the Batman role, next to Henry Cavill’s Superman.
It was reported the delay was triggered by Ben Affleck sustaining a leg injury, but that has been dismissed by the studio.
Instead, the release date has been pushed back to “allow the filmmakers time to realize fully their vision, given the complex visual nature of the story,” it said.
The film has recently gained a third superhero – with Fast and Furious star Gal Gadot signed up to play Wonder Woman.
Originally scheduled for July 2015, Superman vs. Batman release date is now set for May 6, 2016
Filming had already started before the announcement, with some incidental footage of an American Football game shot before Christmas.
However, director Zack Snyder was not due to call “action” on the main scenes until spring.
The move away from 2015 means the Superman vs. Batman blockbuster avoids a crowded marketplace, with new installments of The Avengers, Terminator, Jurassic Park and Fast and Furious all scheduled to hit cinemas over the summer.
Warner Bros says it will still make use of the July 17 date, scheduling a new Peter Pan film by director Joe Wright for that weekend.
Meanwhile, Superman‘s release date had already been earmarked for an as-yet-unannounced film from comic book rivals Marvel – which could mean a superhero stand-off at the box office, as well as on the silver screen.
Thousands of people in San Francisco have turned out to help 5-year-old Miles Scott recovering from leukaemia fulfill his wish to be Batman for a day.
Miles Scott participated in events across the city including fighting mock crimes and receiving an honor from the mayor.
Make-A-Wish Foundation, which organized the event, received pledges from more than 10,000 people to lend a hand.
Miles Scott, in treatment for several years, is now said to be in remission.
According to local television, Miles Scott thought he was just on his way to get a Batman costume so he could dress like his favorite superhero.
But then he heard a broadcast from San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr appealing for help from “Batkid”.
Next, Batkid saved a “damsel in distress”, tied to cable car tracks along a major urban street.
A San Francisco Chronicle live blog of the day’s events showed hundreds of people cheering Miles Scott on during the “rescue”.
Thousands of people in San Francisco have turned out to help 5-year-old Miles Scott recovering from leukaemia fulfill his wish to be Batman for a day
Miles Scott was ferried from events in one of two “Batmobiles”, or black Lamborghinis with Batman removable stickers, which were escorted by police.
Later, the little boy foiled a faux robbery in the city’s financial district with the help of an adult Batman impersonator.
Authorities who participated in the day’s events pretended to apprehend the villain, the Riddler.
Miles Scott also travelled to AT&T Park to rescue the San Francisco Giants baseball team mascot by disarming a fake bomb planted by another classic Batman baddie, the Penguin.
The US justice department even prepared an indictment for the Riddler and the Penguin.
Towards the end of the day San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee gave Miles a key to the city.
President Barack Obama praised the mini-caped crusader in a video from the White House, saying: “Way to go, Miles! Way to save Gotham.”
An estimated 7,000 people turned up to help make Miles Scott’s wish come true.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation said the event was “on the scale of a military operation”.
In real life, Miles Scott has defeated an enemy even more ruthless than Batman’s nemeses – he is presently recovering from leukaemia, with which he was diagnosed at 18 months old.
Miles Scott’s mother, Natalie, said Friday was a “celebration” of her son’s completion of treatment in June.
“This wish has meant closure for our family and an end to over three years of putting toxic drugs in our son’s body,” Natalie Scott wrote in a statement on the foundation’s website.
Miles’ father, Nick Scott, thanked the charity and everyone else who took part.
“All the doctors, nurses and all the other parents that have to deal with the same thing we’re going through, I hope they get a conclusion to their illnesses like we’re getting,” Nick Scott told KGO-TV.
The apartment of James Holmes, the man suspected of killing 12 people at a Batman movie screening in the US state of Colorado, has now been cleared of explosives, police say.
Robots were initially used at James Holmes’ home in Aurora, but agents still had to enter without setting off any remaining devices.
Police said the suspect had acted with “calculation and deliberation”, taking ammunition deliveries for months.
The Arapahoe county coroner has now released the names of the dead.
Michael Dobersen said all the victims’ deaths were related to gunshot wounds.
In addition to those killed, 58 people were also hurt in the attack at a Century 16 cinema in Aurora, a suburb of Denver.
The apartment of James Holmes, the man suspected of killing 12 people at a Batman movie screening in Colorado, has been cleared of explosives
A man in a gas mask and body armor threw tear gas canisters at a midnight screening, then fired on the crowd in the cinema.
James Holmes, 24, was arrested outside the cinema, police said.
President Barack Obama is to visit Aurora on Sunday to honor the victims, the White House said. He will visit bereaved families and meet local officials.
FBI agents and police discovered the home was booby-trapped when they used a camera at the end of a 12-foot pole to look inside.
Aurora police chief Dan Oates said: “I’ve personally never seen anything like what we’ve found in there.”
Early on Sunday the bomb squad staged a small controlled explosion in the building and officers disarmed trip-wires and an incendiary device.
The first trip wire was strung across the doorway of the flat, and inside were reported to be jars filled with accelerants, chemicals that would explode when mixed together and more than 30 improvised grenades.
Dan Oates said: “This apartment was designed to kill whoever entered it,” adding that would most probably have been a police officer.
“If you think we are angry, we sure as hell are angry about what has happened to our city, to the wonderful people who live here and what he threatened to do to one of our police officers,” he said.
In terms of laying charges, Dan Oates said: “Everything is pointing to a state prosecution on all charges.”
Residents were evacuated from the building and four other premises nearby.
Hundreds of mourners joined a vigil near the cinema in Aurora on Friday night, leaving candles and flowers outside.
James Holmes was said to be armed with a rifle, a shotgun and two pistols when he launched his assault on the midnight screening of the new Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises.
He also bought 6,000 rounds of ammunition over the internet, Dan Oates said.
The police chief said that all weapons and ammunition were purchased legally within the past few months, and that the suspect had received a high volume of packages to his home and work place.
In a statement released late on Saturday, British actor Christian Bale, who plays Batman in the film, said: “Words cannot express the horror that I feel. I cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them.”
Among the dead listed by the coroner were a six-year-old girl whose mother was injured and two US servicemen.
The University of Colorado Hospital said it was still treating five patients in critical condition.
The Medical Center of Aurora said four of its patients remained in intensive care.
Authorities have established no terrorism link, nor any motive, and James Holmes had no criminal record other than a speeding fine.
Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson told Reuters news agency that James Holmes was being held in solitary confinement for his own protection.
“We typically do this in high-profile cases. It has nothing to do with any specific threat,” he said.
James Holmes will appear at Arapahoe County District Court, in nearby Centennial, Colorado, on Monday at 09:30 local time.
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