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Jimmy Kimmel Retires Ben Affleck Batsuit To The Rafters Ending Dark Knight Reign

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Ben Affleck is definitely, definitely, DEFINITELY not going to play Batman again. He made that crystal clear Thursday on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

To honor Affleck’s years behind the mask, Jimmy Kimmel hosted a retirement ceremony on his late-night ABC show.

“Warner Bros. has given us something,” Kimmel told his Thursday guest, who was there to debut his “Triple Frontier” trailer. “We’re going to officially retire your Bat-cape to the rafters.”

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“That is their official towel and cape,” Kimmel said.

To make space, they lowered and removed the sparkly thong underwear that Matt Damon wore as Liberace’s boyfriend in HBO’s “Behind the Candalabra.” Affleck gave his buddy’s jockstrap a big whiff and quipped, “Still has that Damon musk.”

Gross.

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This Bat-cape looked a bit different than the ones we’re used to seeing. On the back, it said “Batfleck” in gold lettering, with the No. 12 underneath it, football jersey-style.

“That’s Brady’s number,” Affleck explained. “You can’t be a hero unless you wear number 12.”

Yeah, the dude loves his New England Patriots.

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“I insisted to Warner Bros. that be on the whole time,” Affleck joked to Kimmel, who acted surprised by the customization. “They actually paid $80 million to digitally remove it from every movie.”

We guess there was just one thing left to say to make this whole thing official.

“I’m not Batman,” Affleck said, inserting a new keyword into the classic caped crusader line.

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Watch the video above.

For the record, while this probably goes without saying, a rep for Kimmel assured TheWrap that this one was “Definitely not a cape [Affleck] actually used in a movie.” Hey, we’re professional journalists, we had to ask.

By the way, we’re not sure security guard Guillermo has seen much “Batman.”

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Does ‘The Lego Movie 2’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?

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It’s been a long wait for the sequel to 2014’s “The Lego Movie,” with a pair of spinoffs — “The Lego Batman Movie” and “The Lego Ninjago Movie — coming before “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.” But it’s finally here and everything is awesome once again.

Given that all of these movies are, to some extent, send-ups of other movie franchises — Batman’s entire thing in these movies is just cracking jokes about his portrayal in other movies — it wouldn’t be amiss to wonder if “The Lego Movie 2” follows in the footsteps of so many franchise pictures by including a scene after the credits to tease a future movie. Or just to make some additional jokes.

I’ve actually got two answers to the question of whether “The Lego Movie 2” has a post-credits scene. First, and I guess most important: There are no additional scenes once the credits begin, no mid-credits scenes, no post-credits scenes, nothing. However, there is one very big reason to stick around for at least the first part of the credits: the song “Super Cool” by Beck, featuring Robyn and The Lonely Island.

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Yes, “The Lego Movie 2” has a new song that plays over the credits and it’s a doozie. At first it just seems like another fun and catchy song in the vein of “Everything Is Awesome” and the new “Catchy Song,” but then the Lonely Island verses kick in and we hear Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone rap about how much the credits of a movie are the best part. It’s really something, and the perfect way for the movie to end.

But that really is it. There are no extra scenes, just that song. So if you’re in a rush to get out of the theater you can head out knowing exactly what you are and aren’t missing. And if you did leave before the “Super Cool” song really ramped up, I have good news: Warner Bros has already put “Super Cool” on YouTube and you can listen to it right here.

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‘Gotham’: Yes, That Will Be David Mazouz Behind Batman’s Mask – Kind of

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We already know that the final episode of Fox’s Batman prequel “Gotham” will finally introduce its version of the Caped Crusader.

But since it will come via a 10-year time jump, will David Mazouz actually be the one behind the cowl?

“Yes and no,” John Stephens, the show’s executive producer said Wednesday during the Television Critics Association press tour. “Our Batman suit is for someone that is six-foot-four,” which Mazouz is not. Mazouz has played a young version of Bruce Wayne throughout the show, which depicts Gotham City before Batman’s arrival.

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But although it will be a different person physically wearing the Batsuit, Stephens said it will be Mazouz’s voice, and any close-up shots will use his face. “The face that you see under the cowl is 100 percent David Mazouz’s face,” Stephens continued. “We’ll hear[his] voice as well, and his own Batman growl.”

Unlike “Smallville,” the former WB series that showed Clark Kent before he became Superman (with only a very brief shot of his famous red “S” in the finale), “Gotham” will give viewers their fill of Batman in the series’ final episode, Stephens told TheWrap. “He’s in the episode. He’s not just in a last scene,” Stephens said. “The last episode is one scene in the timeline of the rest of the season, and then the rest of the episode is in the future. It almost feels in a weird way like another pilot.”

Stephens added that they didn’t have to get clearance from DC Comics or Warner Bros. to use Batman, since ending the show with their version of the character “was the conception from the start.” He added: “I think the discussion was very much what does our Batman look like?”

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(Warning: This post contains spoilers for Thursday’s episode of “Gotham,” titled “Pena Dura.”)

Tonight, “Gotham” fans were rewarded with the long-awaited appearance of Shane West’s Eduardo Dorrance — aka the man who will become fan-favorite Batman villain Bane — on Fox’s Dark Knight prequel series. And it looks like he got here just in time, as West tells TheWrap his character will be responsible for triggering the long-awaited appearance of Batman himself during the show’s current fifth and final season.

As viewers who tuned in for Thursday’s episode, titled “Pena Dura,” know, Dorrance may already be a bad guy — based on that last-minute twist and turn on his old military pal Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) — but he’s not going after young Bruce Wayne (played by David Mazouz) just yet.

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“We flip things around — which will make people squirm or love it,” West says in the interview above. “But we flip things around because of how they’ve set the tone of the show of, where, he’s not fighting Batman so much as he was in the comic book, because Batman is still not Batman  yet — he’s still a kid.”

“So there is some fun little stuff that I can tease where I have to deal with Alfred instead,” West continued. “There’s a lot of interesting ‘breaking the Bat’ that goes somewhere else. I am the person to get confronted by bats for the first time, if that kind of gives you a nice tease as well, which I think was really well done.”

West says what happens with Bane in the coming episodes “ends up being the catalyst to make Bruce Wayne essentially assume the fact that he is going to have to be the Dark Knight — and it’s going to lead up to that.”

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Watch this portion of our interview with West above and check out the actor’s take on his Bane voice and suit here.

“Gotham” airs Thursdays at 8/7c on Fox.

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Does ‘Birds of Prey’ Trailer of Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn Hint at a Batman Cameo? (Video)

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With production underway on “Birds of Prey,” Fandango premiered the first look of Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn in a new trailer on Monday… and possibly hinted at a Batman appearance in the DC Comic film.

Check out the video above.

Robbie also debuted her look as Harley on her Instagram account, but take note of the “Bruce” dog collar around her neck. Could it be short for Gotham’s Bruce Wayne aka Batman?

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Blink and you will miss Ewan McGregor as Gotham City crime boss Black Mask, and Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Mary Elizabeth Winstead who have been cast as Black Canary and Huntress. Also, as TheWrap first reported, Rosie Perez is playing Renee Montoya, who you can also check out above.

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The female superhero team-up film will be released on Feb. 7, 2020 via Warner Bros.

Robbie, reprising her “Suicide Squad” role, will also produce “Birds of Prey,” which is centered around a revolving group of female heroes and villains, individuals with knowledge of the project tell TheWrap.

“Birds of Prey” will be produced by Kroll & Co Entertainment’s Sue Kroll and Clubhouse Pictures’ Bryan Unkeless, as well as Robbie’s LuckyChap Entertainment.

Cathy Yan is directing. As TheWrap first reported, Christina Hodson wrote the “Birds of Prey” spinoff for Warner Bros. and DC Films. Hodson is also writing “Batgirl” for DC.

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Shane West makes his debut as Eduardo Dorrance on next week’s episode of “Gotham.” The character — who will turn into Batman’s nemesis Bane in due time — returns to the city after years away to help Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) restore order to the city and reclaim No Man’s Land.

But before viewers of the Dark Knight prequel series even see West step on screen for the show’s fifth and final season, we know they’ve already gotten a look at his Bane suit, thanks to some official — and unofficial — photos and footage. And while not everyone is a fan of the Fox drama’s chosen look for the character, West tells TheWrap he is.

“I loved the costume,” West told TheWrap in the interview above. “For me, we had a whole different thing, because I was out there for two-and-a-half months doing the build and it took a long time to put that costume together. But the point of the costume always, which is apparently the point of what they do for all of their heroes and villains on the show — which I wasn’t aware of — they build here,” he said, framing his upper body with his hands.

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“They do kind of like in a comic book, artistic sense they build everything for the face, for the chest and the abdomen and the arms and the head and that’s kind of it, because they kind of fade out and they’re expecting things to film — angles, colors,” he added. “So things have to be filmed correctly when things are coming out.”

West says he was disappointed with how the first photos of him in costume as Bane got out, thanks to paparazzi snapping pictures in broad daylight while they were shooting the Fox drama in New York.

“And you’re just coming out there — I had like six-inch heels on the boots that they added — and you just walk out there and they’re waiting and they’re just snapping godawful photos,” he said. “The joke was, at least let me pose. Or at least come in for a real one rather than me just sitting here and looking like this monster that’s going to fall over.”

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So, yes, West says it was “kind of a bummer” that it was released before it was intended to be — or how it was intended to be. But he thinks fans have come around more since getting some official teases of him in action.

“Some of the photos are better than others and then I think once you see it on film — and now that I finally have, I’m very happy with it the way it was filmed, the way it was shot,” he said.

In particular, West says he’s a “big fan” of the mask and notes “there were some people that didn’t like Tom Hardy’s look in the [‘The Dark Knight’], even though I think that he looked amazing.”

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Speaking of Hardy, we asked West if he’s going to be speaking like Hardy on “Gotham” — seeing as the voice Hardy used for the Christopher Nolan film is basically a

“They liked my voice already, of just how it’s naturally husky in that sense,” West said. “I wanted to add whatever I had for that, a little bit of Hardy, a little bit of his singsong like his up and down the fluctuation of his voice, I liked, whether some people didn’t or not I liked, so I was going to try and combine those two. And then I really relied on the animated series, ‘Batman: The Animated Series.”

Watch our interview above.

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The CW latest DC Comics-inspired project is moving forward.

Following her debut in the network’s “Elseworlds” crossover, The CW had ordered a pilot for its “Batwoman” standalone series starring Ruby Rose. The pilot will be directed by “Arrow” and “The Flash” alum David Nutter.

Here is the official logline for the project: Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate Kane (Rose) soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence. But don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.

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Rose made her debut during the second episode of the network’s annual three-night crossover between “Arrow,” “The Flash” and “Supergirl.” In introducing Rose’s Kate Kane/Batwoman, the episode laid a bit of the groundwork for what the solo TV show would look like. For example, Batman does, or least did, exist in the world, but he’s been missing from Gotham City for three years, with his cousin, Kane, taking up residence in an abandoned Wayne Tower.

“Our goal was trying to create set ups, story-wise where we could meet her, kind of be intrigued by her, introduce Gotham a little bit,” Caroline Dries, who is penning “Batwoman,” said during a Q&A session last month at the network’s Burbank offices.

The network put a standalone series in development over the summer. Dries will executive produce alongside Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Geoff Johns, who is producing under his new Mad Ghost Productions banner. The series hails from Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

If the Batwoman series eventually gets ordered to series for the 2019-2020 TV season, it will join a slate of DC universe projects currently airing on The CW, including “Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl,” “Legends of Tomorrow” and “Black Lightning.”

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Fox gave an extended look at Shane West’s Batman villain Bane in a lengthy trailer on Friday for the upcoming final season of “Gotham.”

The trailer, which you can watch above, brings in just about every famous villain from the Dark Knight’s rogues’ gallery, including The Joker, Penguin, The Riddler, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, Scarecrow and Harley Quinn.

It also seems like Det. Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) will have to team up with at least some of them, namely Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) and The Riddler (Cory Michael Smith), against the others. We also see footage of West’s time as Eduardo Dorrance, before he becomes Bane.

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The first live-action portrayal of Bane came in 1997’s “Batman and Robin,” in which he was played by pro-wrestler Robert “Jeep” Swenson. The “Knightfall” storyline was later very loosely adapted for the 2012 film “The Dark Knight Rises,” with Tom Hardy as Bane. (At least West’s Bane already sounds more audible than Hardy’s.) First created by Chuck Dixon, Graham Nolan and Dennis O’Neil in 1993, the comic-book version of Bane is a powerful crime lord who spent his childhood and early adulthood in a South American prison, sentenced to life for the actions of his father, a revolutionary leader.

The final run of “Gotham,” which is subtitled “Legend of the Dark Knight,” will focus on David Mazouz’s version of Bruce Wayne becoming the famed DC Comics vigilante. The Batman-prequel drama will premiere its fifth and final season on Thursday, Jan. 3.

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Is Batman the bad guy?

A teaser for the season finale of “Titans,” the flagship show from the digital subscription service DC Universe, finally shows off its version of the Dark Knight, with an emphasis on the “Dark” part.

In the video, Dick Grayson, aka the former Robin, is visited by Jason Todd (who plays the current version of Batman’s sidekick) and he’s told that he needs to return to Gotham City because Batman is going to kill his arch-nemesis, The Joker. Also, frequent Batman-ally Commissioner Jim Gordon is dead.

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After first believing that he can convince Batman not to go through with it, Robin ends up seeing a trail of dead bodies that it is believed were killed by Batman. So now Robin decides he must stop his former mentor, believing that he’s too far gone to be saved.

Batman’s face is never revealed in the trailer, only showing him slicing up criminals from his backside.

“Titans” is based on DC’s long-running young superheroes team “Teen Titans,” which first banded together in 1964 on the pages of DC’s “The Brave and the Bold” in a story by writer Bob Haney and artist Bruno Premiani. Originally consisting of sidekicks Robin, Aqualad and Kid Flash, the team got its own eponymous series in 1966 and has been rebooted several times since with a frequently-changing lineup. The DC Universe series is based in part on the 1980s incarnation of the team created by created by writer Marv Wolfman and artist George Pérez.

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Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter are executive producers for the series, which has already been renewed for a second season.

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(Warning: The following story contains spoilers from Monday night’s episode of “Arrow”)

Viewers finally got to meet Ruby Rose’s Batwoman in Monday night’s “Arrow” episode, which also shows the first look at the “Arrowverse” version of Gotham City.

While the episode mostly sticks to the “Elseworlds” crossover plot, it does lay out some of the groundwork for the upcoming “Batwoman” solo TV show, though the hints of what’s to come are more subtle. “Nothing really that would stand out, but in hindsight, might resonate,” Caroline Dries, who co-wrote the episode and is spearheading the “Batwoman” project, told reporters during a Q&A session at The CW’s Burbank offices. “We created it with a bigger story in mind.”

In the episode, Arrow and The Flash (with Grant Gustin and Stephen Amell playing body-swapped versions of their characters), along with Supergirl, head to Gotham City to try and figure out why the two heroes are having a “Freaky Friday” situation. They end up at Wayne Tower, which is an abandoned building, and that’s where the “Arrowverse” gets its first mention that, yes, Batman exists in this world, but he, along with Bruce Wayne, fled Gotham City about three years ago.

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Though Oliver isn’t so sure Batman existed — itself a meta-joke that “Arrow” couldn’t mention Batman until now — they find the old bat-signal at the top of Wayne Tower. While the three are arguing over whether or not Batman was real, they run into Kate Kane (Ruby Rose) at the decrepit Wayne Tower, which she’s working out of and helping to get remodeled.

“Our goal was trying to create set ups story-wise where we could meet her, kind of be intrigued by her, introduce Gotham a little bit,” Dries said.

The bat-signal had a cover over it, which makes it seem like it hasn’t been used in awhile. However, it’s very possible Kate had it moved over from the top of Gotham City PD, where it’s typically depicted in Batman films and TV. It’s a hint that she’ll be re-using it for a Batwoman signal, though it’s not clear in the episode if the citizens of Gotham City know about Batwoman yet.

Dries explained that they had first had the idea to bring Batwoman into the “Arrowverse,” but “it took awhile for Warner Bros. and DC to come together.” Once they got the go-ahead, Dries says, “Greg [Berlanti] was like ‘lets use the crossover to introduce her.’”

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For her part, “Arrow” showrunner Beth Schwartz said they always knew the crossover was going use the “Arrow” portion for a big introduction. “We always knew, on our side of things, we were introducing someone,” she sais. “But we didn’t know who it was for awhile.”

Batwoman only makes a brief appearance in costume at the end of the episode when everyone is at Arkham Asylum. And like her more-famous cousin, she broods around and basically wants all of the other heroes to get out of Gotham once they find John Deegan (Jeremy Davies), the Arkham-based doctor who is the reason that Oliver Queen and Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) have swapped identities.

But since the “Arrowverse” trio met Kate Kane before she got into costume, Supergirl is quickly able to deduce who Batwoman really is (she does have x-ray vision, after all). She also appears to be the only one who knows that Bruce Wayne is/was the Batman, telling Batwoman that she also has a more-famous heroic cousin, describing themselves as “frenemies.”

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“It was important for us to sort of humanize Kate in a way that made her relatable to the other characters in the ‘Arrowverse,’ even though we’re creating sort of an enigmatic character,” Dries explained. “Kara obviously has this cousin, she’s sort of in his shadow, and her story is getting out of his shadow and that’s exactly Kate’s story. It was just important for us to find a moment for them to bond.”

The episode is as much of an intro to Gotham City as it is to Batwoman. The first thing that happens when the three CW heroes show up in Gotham City is they all get attacked by muggers in broad daylight. “We were just trying to create a, with the music and the exteriors and the alleys and the grime, we were just trying to create sort of an uncomfortable city,” Dries said.  “Being mugged instantaneously is a great way to personify the vibe we’re going for.”

She explained that the biggest challenge was finding a way to create a unique Gotham City, since it’s been depicted in so many different forms over the years. Dries said they based the look of their Gotham more on Chicago, similar to what Christopher Nolan did for his “Dark Knight” film trilogy.

“We just loved the idea of Chicago. It just really feels like the cityscape we were going for,” Dries says. “There’s a million different versions of it so its kind of hard to do a new version,” says Dries.

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