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The World's End, The Mortal Instruments, & BEN AFFLECK IS BATMAN


Focus Features sent me to New York City last week to be a part of the press junket for their films Closed Circuit and The World’s End.

On my Saturday show I’ll air my face-to-face interviews with Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, Stephen Crowley (next weekend), and Edgar Wright, Nick Frost and Simon Pegg (tomorrow).

I’ll also air excerpts today and next Friday on the DGS of course. In The World’s End, Simon Pegg and his four friends have a lifelong goal of completing an epic pub crawl where they drink a pint at twelve different pubs in one night.

After failing once before, they reunite 20 years later for one last gasp at reaching the final pub, The World's End.

But when they return to their hometown, all the people have been taken over by ROBOTS.

And they still try to complete the crawl even while fighting for their lives. You'll recognize a lot of faces from "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz" . . . including Nick Frost and "Hobbit" star Martin Freeman.

It's official: BEN AFFLECK will play Batman in the "Man of Steel" sequel . . . which may or may not be called "Batman vs. Superman".

Director ZACK SNYDER says, quote, "Ben provides an interesting counterbalance to HENRY CAVILL'S Superman. "He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne."

Affleck SORT OF played Superman before. He was in the 2006 movie "Hollywoodland", in which he played GEORGE REEVES . . . the guy who played Superman on TV in the 1950s.

But everyone remembers what happened the last time Ben played a proper superhero . . . we ended up with "Daredevil". That was in 2003. And even though it made $180 million worldwide, NOBODY liked it.

Although he did get a wife out of it . . . since Jennifer Garner played Elektra.

Not surprisingly, celebrities are reacting to the casting of BEN AFFLECK as Batman in the "Man of Steel" sequel. And completely out of nowhere, one of the best Tweets came from RICHARD DREYFUSS.

He said, quote, "You read for a part, you feel good about it, you feel confident, then they cast Ben Affleck."

Ben's buddy KEVIN SMITH Tweeted, quote, "Holy [crap] . . . BEN AFFLECK IS THE NEW BATMAN!!! Do you know what this means? It means that I've seen Batman naked!!!"

PATTON OSWALT has been riffing on the whole Boston thing. He said, quote, "WOW, Ben Affleck is gonna play Batman. I hope he fights the Joke-ah! #wickedpissah" He also tossed in some "Good Will Hunting" humor . . . quote, "'You like apples, Riddl-ah?' You can totally use that one."

If capes and cowls aren’t your thing, maybe this next flick will be more your style.

Ever wanted to see Buffy the Vampire Slayer on the big screen? Well to tide you over there’s THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES.

Lily Collins learns she's a descendant of half-angel warriors who protect the world from demons.

After her mom is kidnapped, she joins forces with some other teenage demon hunters.

Lena Headey from "Game of Thrones" and Jonathan Rhys Meyers from "The Tudors" are also in it.

It's based on the "Mortal Instruments" books by Cassandra Clare, which apparently also include werewolves and vampires.

There are five books in the series and another on its way in May.

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