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Why Keanu Reeves Was Perfect for Batman In Super-Pets

Co-writer/director Jared Stern explains why Keanu Reeves was chosen to voice Batman in DC League of Super-Pets. Ahead of his war with the High Table in John Wick 4, Reeves will also voice the Dark Knight himself in DC League of Super-Pets, which releases in theaters on July 29. As its title implies, the animated film focuses on the pets of DC’s iconic superheroes. In addition to Reeves, its star-studded cast includes Dwayne Johnson as Krypto, Kevin Hart as Ace, John Krasinski as Superman, Marc Maron as Lex Luthor, Vanessa Bayer, Kate McKinnon, Natasha Lyonne, and Diego Luna.

Inspired by DC Comics’ Legion of Super-Pets, Stern and co-director Sam Levine’s film follows Krypto the Super-Dog, Ace the Bat-Hound, and a misfit group of super animals on a rescue mission after Superman, Batman, and the rest of the Justice League are captured. While the adventure does feature Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series)—who many consider Bruce Wayne/Batman’s definitive voice actor—it’s Reeves who wears the animated cape in DC League of Super-Pets.

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In a Screen Rant exclusive interview, Jared Stern discussed Reeves’ role in DC League of Super-Pets. According to the writer/director, Reeves was the perfect choice for the film’s “haunted” Batman who, like John Wick, could really use a (man’s best) friend. Read what he had to say below:

“Then Keanu Reeves’ voice was just such a perfect match for that, I think he would have been a great live-action Batman, but he’s wonderful as our animated haunted Batman and, most importantly, for our movie. I think he’s a guy who could really use a pet. And he really had fun with it. I’m nervous to direct wonderful, amazing actors who I’ve loved my whole life and I think he was he was so excited to be Batman. When you work in an animated movie, it kind of makes you a kid again, and to be Batman, it was pretty fun.”

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Reeves’ Batman was revealed in a March trailer for DC League of Super-Pets, which focused on Batman and Ace’s first meeting as they discovered their similarities. Set to Danny Elfman’s score for Tim Burton’s Batman, the trailer played many Batman tropes for laughs. It proved Reeves’ tortured vibe and gravelly voice a hilarious fit, with the likes of Kevin Smith praising Reeves’ casting in DC League of Super-Pets.

Long before he became John Wick or The Matrix’s Neo, Reeves was offered the role of the Caped Crusader in Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever. Ultimately, Val Kilmer took over as Batman and Reeves expressed regret at passing up the opportunity to play Batman. Thankfully, fate has allowed him to voice the character in DC League of Super-Pets during a time when Reeves couldn’t be more popular. It may not be long before the actor plays a comic book character in live action as Reeves has met with Kevin Feige for a potential role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Regarding the possibility of playing a live-action Batman, Reeves said maybe down the road when the world needs an older Bruce Wayne (beyond Michael Keaton).

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‘I am officially off the market’: When Margot Robbie revealed she made the ‘conscious’ decision of not dating actors

Margot Robbie revealed her decision to not date actors because of the media scrutiny that came with a public relationship of two high-profile actors
Back in 2015, A-lister Margot Robbie made a declaration that she would not be dating any actors. The actress may have alluded to her fiance Tom Ackerley, who she married the following year in 2016. In an exclusive interview with Marie Claire, she revealed that being in a relationship as an actor herself came with its own set of challenges. She believed that dating someone who was popular would add on to the media scrutiny.

Margot Robbie opened up on why she made a conscious decision to not date actorsTalking to Marie Claire, she claimed, “I am officially off the market.” She then shared the reasoning behind her decision and added, “I made a conscious decision not to date actors.” She continued to explain, “But not because I hate actors. That’s a nasty generalization to make, and that’s not the case. People take such an interest in your love life when you have a profile, it puts a lot of stress on a relationship.”
The Barbie actress continued, “So two people with profiles, I figure it’s just double the amount of scrutiny, and I’d like to avoid that at all costs.” This came after reports of her locking lips with Tarzan co-star Alexander Skarsgard started making rounds. It was reported that she was caught kissing the actor during the Sundance Film Festival.

Margot Robbie revealed she opted for a minimal lifestyle even after becoming an actorIn the interview, Robbie also opened up about how she was adapting to fame. She shared, “I have a normal 24-year-old life. If I were a waitress, I’d probably have the exact same lifestyle. I’d go to the same clubs I go to already, live in the same house with the same housemates, hang out with the same people.”
However, Margot Robbie tied the knot with Tom Ackerley who is an English producer and actor. The duo met on the sets of 2013 movie Suite Francaise where Tom was working as an assistant director. Post marriage, both of them launched their production company LuckyChap Entertainment.

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Monica Bellucci and Tin Burton at lunch in the restaurant in Selci Lama

For All Saints’ Day, the Hollywood star from Tiferno returned to his native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and then visit his parentsOn the occasion of the All Saints’ Day celebrations, the Hollywood star of Tiferno origin, Monica Bellucci, returned to her native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and to visit her father Pasquale and her mother Brunella.Flanked by her current partner Tim Burton, she went to lunch, together with about twenty old friends, at the Osteria del Musicista, which has always been her favorite restaurant, in Selci Lama.Menu dedicated to typical dishes of the area, which includes an appetizer with breadsticks lined with coppa, duck in porchetta and grilled pork livers, polenta with wild boar sauce accompanied by the very typical cappelletti in broth.To conclude, a dessert based on fried “ciaccia” with Nutella and roasted chestnuts.
Having paid the bill and greeted the restaurant owner and lifelong friend, Roberto Polchi, Monica brought home cappelletti and broth for a family dinner.

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‘Rocky’ Was Quite Different In His Original Screenplay, Sylvester Stallone Claims

Sylvester Stallone took his friend’s advice on a rewrite of the original screenplay to Rocky. A few tweaks later, he was on his way to major success.
In the new Netflix documentary Sly, Stallone discussed how he initially conceived of the project, which had a much harder edge. In the early version, Rocky was depicted as a “thuggish” character, inspired by Martin Scorsese’s crime drama, Mean Streets.

But Stallone’s perspective changed when a friend read the script and thought the boxer was too cruel for audiences to actually care about him.
Stallone recalled her crying.

“She goes, ‘I hate Rocky. I hate him. He’s cruel. He hits people. He beats them up.’”
Stallone took it to heart, and asked what he could do to soften the character.

“I said, ‘what if you stop short of it?’ Like, maybe he almost did. He could have, that’s his job, but he doesn’t?’ ‘That’d be nice,’” he added. “I said, ‘What if he had a girlfriend or something?’ ‘Yeah, that’s nice.’ So I go back, start writing that: ‘Girlfriend. Nice.’”
$117 million in box office later, a franchise was born.

Stallone also revealed that actor Dolph Lundgren sent him to the hospital during one fight scene in Rocky IV.
“Dolph Lundgren… he pulverized me,” Stallone says in the documentary. “Later that night, my heart started to swell—which happens when the heart hits the chest—and then my blood pressure went up to 260, and they thought I was going to be talking to angels. Next thing I know, I’m in intensive care, where I’m surrounded by nuns, and I thought, ‘OK, that’s curtains.’”
Stallone was in the hospital for nine days following the incident, praying for “one more round.”
“For the first minute of the fight, it is going to be a free-for-all,” Stallone told Lundgren. The Swedish actor joked in a separate interview that all he did was “obey orders,” explaining, “[Stallone] was the boss. I did what he told me.”
Doctors allegedly told Stallone that he received a blow to the ribs that made his heart rattle around in his ribcage, a condition typically seen in head-on collisions. “I did hit a bus, of sorts,” Stallone joked.

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