Joe Carnahan Reveals Creative Differences With Will Smith Led To His Exit From ‘Bad Boys For Life’

Joe Carnahan has revealed why he dropped out of directing the upcoming Bad Boys sequel, citing creative differences with star Will Smith as the reason for his exit.

The next installment in the long-running franchise is set to feature the return of Detectives Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) and Marcus Bennett (Martin Lawrence) as the duo goes up against a drug cartel which has a target on Mike’s head. Bad Boys For Life had long been in development at the studio with Joe Carnahan (The Grey) previously attached to direct from a script he wrote. Joe Carnahan entered the picture after Michael Bay exited the project. At the time of Joe Carnahan’s exit, it was reported that he left the project due to scheduling conflicts, although other claims suggested it was due to creative differences.

On the latest episode of Collider Live, Joe Carnahan confirmed these creative differences, revealing that his take on the script ultimately didn’t work for Will Smith, leading to his exit.

Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah have now directed the film from a script written by Chris Bremner. Production on the project recently wrapped.

The Bad Boys franchise is also expanding into television with L.A.’s Finest, a spin-off starring Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba which is set to debut on Charter Spectrum in 2019. The series features Union reprising her role as Special Agent Syd Burnett, the sister of Lawrence’s Marcus Burnett who was last seen taking down a Miami drug cartel in Bad Boys II. The pilot picks up with Syd working as an LAPD detective when her new partner, Nancy McKenna — played by Alba — discovers Syd’s unapologetic lifestyle may be masking a greater personal secret.

Directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah from a script written by Peter Craig, Joe Carnahan, and Chris Bremmer, Bad Boys for Life stars Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Paola Nuñez, Jacob Scipio, Alexander Ludwig, Vanessa Hudgens, and Charles Melton.

The new installment centers on the Miami PD and its elite AMMO team’s attempt to take down Armando Armas (Scipio), head of a drug cartel. Armando is a cold-blooded killer with a vicious, taunting nature. He is committed to the work of the cartel and is dispatched by his mother to kill Mike (Smith). Nuñez will take on the role of Rite, the tough and funny criminal psychologist who is the newly appointed head of AMMO and Mike’s former girlfriend- and the one who got away.

Bad Boys for Life will be released in theaters on January 17, 2020. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the future of the Bad Boys franchise as we learn it.

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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

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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

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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

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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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Michael Mistroff

Michael Mistroff

News Editor, Film/TV Reporter at Heroic Hollywood.