A new report claims that Warner Bros. is scared about the reception to Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts sequels due to the Johnny Depp/Amber Heard controversy.
Johnny Depp debuted his portrayal of the Harry Potter villain Grindelwald in 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. The Harry Potter spin-off featured Johnny Depp in a cameo that set up his return in the 2018 sequel Fantastic Beasts and the Crimes of Grindelwald.
A third Fantastic Beasts sequel is set to continue the Harry Potter spin-off franchise, which will apparently conclude in a fifth film, but a recent development in the Johnny Depp/Amber Heard court case may have Warner Bros. worried about the franchise’s future.
According to a report from Page Six, sources have told them that Warner Bros. is nervous about moving forward with the third Fantastic Beasts film due to Johnny Depp’s legal issues with Amber Heard. The report reveals that female executives are trepidatious about working with Johnny Depp on future Harry Potter films over a recent advancement in the Amber Heard suit, in which the Aquaman star recounted Johnny Depp’s alleged abuse in a new court filing. This is what sources had to tell Page Six about the Warner Bros./Johnny Depp situation.
“High-level female execs at the studio are extremely worried about working with Depp and the message it sends to the public, especially after the recent sordid departure of CEO Kevin Tsujihara.”
The report also claims that a source said this about Harry Potter creator JK Rowling’s support for Johnny Depp after the Amber Heard allegations.
“Many at Warner Bros. wish that Rowling hadn’t come out so strongly behind Depp, because having made her opinion so public boxes them into a corner.”
In 2017, JK Rowling came out in support of Fantastic Beasts star Johnny Depp following the Amber Heard allegations.
We’ll be sure to keep you updated on all news regarding the Johnny Depp/Amber Heard controversy, as well as the future of the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts franchises, as soon as more information becomes available. Were you a fan of Fantastic Beasts and the Crimes of Grindelwald? Do you feel that Warner Bros. should keep Johnny Depp in the Harry Potter spin-off series? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
Directed by David Yates, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Johnny Depp, Ezra Miller, Jude Law, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, David Sakurai, Claudia Kim, Brontis Jodorowsky, Wolf Roth, Victoria Yeates, Derek Riddell, Poppy Corby-Tuech, and Cornell S. John.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is currently available on home video and VOD.
Source: Page Six
Top Actors To Replace Ben Affleck In Matt Reeves’ ‘The Batman’
Ben Affleck is officially out as Batman and it's a pretty sad day.
Words cannot describe how sad I am to see Ben Affleck announce that he's no longer Batman. His Batman is why I do what I do. In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, I fell in love with his comic book-accurate interpretation of the Caped Crusader. It was a breath of fresh air and it felt like we finally had the one true Batman.
Three years have quickly sped by and we're officially going to receive a new Batman for his next movie. Last night, Ben Affleck announced that he will not return as the Dark Knight in Matt Reeves' The Batman and now everyone's attention has moved towards wanting to know who the next Bruce Wayne will be. Matt Reeves is said to want an actor that's around 20 years younger than Affleck while Warner Bros. wants someone older. My guess is that Reeves wants a fresh start while the studio wants an older actor for crossover potential.
In this list, I will discuss the actors I think can replace Ben Affleck as Batman using the parameters that Matt Reeves and Warner Bros. want. Hit Next to see our picks to play the Batman.
Michael Fassbender is an X-Men alum and no stranger to comic book franchises. The actor has shown multiple levels of range and could definitely handle the Batman/Bruce Wayne personality. If they go with the older range for the next Dark Knight, then Fassbender is probably one of the best choices to take over the role.
Ben Barnes is out of a job after The Punisher season 2 and he's one of the best actors in that series. The second season tied up Barnes' arc on The Punisher and the actor has already told us that that he'd love to play the Caped Crusader. Barnes definitely has the pretty boy look going on for him and I wonder what his take on Bruce Wayne could be.
I've said this before and I'll say it again: Ryan Gosling needs to star in a superhero movie. I've always thought Gosling would make a great Batman. Every role that he's done has shown us his capability and he could crush it as Bruce Wayne.
Jon Hamm is my top choice for an older Batman. If Warner Bros. wants to cast an older actor for crossover potential, Jon Hamm is the studio's best bet. He has a similar look to Ben Affleck, and c'mon, the guy's look just screams Bruce Wayne.
Armie Hammer is 32 years old and was cast as the Caped Crusader in George Miller's Justice League: Mortal. That film will never see the light of day, but that doesn’t mean that Hammer doesn't deserve a second shot at being the Batman. He's charming, broody and will probably give his all for this role. Armie Hammer is a great option because he's young enough for Matt Reeves and Warner Bros. could work in a way for him to crossover with the rest of the DC Extended Universe.
Game of Thrones alum Richard Madden is my top choice to replace Ben Affleck as Batman. The actor is young, has the look and definitely has the acting chops to play the duality of Batman and Bruce Wayne. Madden just won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television series for the BBC drama Bodyguard, so Warner Bros. may want to quickly snatch him up.