Disney’s ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ Poster Officially Released

The first official poster for Disney’s upcoming trilogy-ender Star Wars: Episode IX has finally been released.

Disney has an incredible release schedule this year, featuring highly-anticipated films like Avengers: Endgame, Aladdin, Toy Story 4, The Lion King, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Frozen II, and of course, Star Wars: Episode IX. 

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker sees the return of director J.J. Abrams to the franchise after directing Disney’s first Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, in 2015. Disney has officially released the first poster for Episode IX and fans can get a look at it below.

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Star Wars: Episode IX was originally supposed to be helmed by Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow but he left the project in 2017. This prompted J.J. Abrams to return to the director’s chair after he initially wanted to do only one installment of the beloved franchise.

J.J. Abrams may be returning for Episode IX but he left the directors chair of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the sequel to The Force Awakens. Rian Johnson took the reigns on that film, which was shortly followed by the prequel film Solo: A Star Wars Story. Details regarding Disney’s Star Wars: Episode IX have remained very secretive but fans have less than a year to wait before the trilogy-ending chapter brings the Skywalker saga to a close.

Although Rian Johnson won’t be returning for Star Wars: Episode IX, he is still set to helm his own series of Star Wars films. No plot details or release date have been given for Rian Johnson’s films but according to the director, Disney is still moving forward with the project.

We’ll be sure to keep you updated on all news regarding Star Wars: Episode IX as soon as more information becomes available. Which of the upcoming Disney films are you most looking forward to? Have you been a fan of Disney’s recent additions to the Star Wars film franchise? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Directed by J. J. Abrams, Star Wars: Episode IX stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Keri Russell, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, and Billy Dee Williams. Carrie Fisher will appear as General Leia Organa through the use of previously unreleased footage shot for The Force Awakens.

Star Wars: Episode IX opens in theaters on December 19, 2019.

Top Actors To Replace Ben Affleck In Matt Reeves’ ‘The Batman’

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Batman Ben Affleck Matt ReevesBen 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

Michael Fassbender X-Men

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

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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.

Ryan Gosling

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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

Jon Hamm Mad Men

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

Armie Hammer The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

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.

Richard Madden

Richard Madden Bodyguard

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.

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