Ben Affleck Says He’s Not Positive He’ll Direct The Batman

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“If it doesn’t come together in a way I think is really great I’m not going to do it.”

Despite reports that it was a done deal, it seems there’s a chance The Batman may not be directed by Ben Affleck, as the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice star says he won’t helm the upcoming DC film unless it comes together in a way that be believes will be “really great.”

In an interview with The Guardian, Affleck said that while the current plan is for him to direct the solo Batman movie, nothing is cemented. “That’s the idea. But it’s not a set thing and there’s no script,” he explained.

Affleck added, “If it doesn’t come together in a way I think is really great I’m not going to do it.”

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With regard to why he signed on to star as Batman in the DCEU, Affleck revealed that his son was was the main reason he took the role. “Sam thinks his dad is Batman,” he said, noting that it’s “an incredible feeling.”

While Joe Manganiello, who’s set to star as Deathstroke in The Batman, recently said the film will begin shooting this coming spring, just last month Affleck provided an update on the film’s status, saying they’re in no rush to make the movie, and a script isn’t yet complete.

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The Best Cosplays of 2016

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And here’s to 2017!

We doubled our cosplay efforts in 2016 to bring you coverage of incredible cosplayers from all over the world, and today we decided to round up some of our favorites of the year.

These are photographs we either took ourselves at events, or ones we featured on the site last year – click right to see them all: 

The Best Cosplays of 2016

HurleyFX’s Groot (Guardians of the Galaxy) cosplay, as photographed by Dim Horizon studio.

The Best Cosplays of 2016

Termina Cosplay a Ho-Oh (Pokemon), photographed by Vordigon Photography.

The Best Cosplays of 2016

Rick Boer as Solid Snake (Metal Gear), photographed by Nathalie Bakker.

The Best Cosplays of 2016

Ganondorf (The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess) cosplayer at Fanime 2016.

The Best Cosplays of 2016

Connor Gray as Joker, with Moe Hunt as Harley Quinn (Suicide Squad). Photographed by Patricia Louise Felton.

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NTG Cosplay’s Gijinka Blastoise (Pokemon) cosplay, photographed by Alex Blaise.

The Best Cosplays of 2016

NipahDUBS’ Noctis (Final Fantasy XV) cosplay, as photographed by AmaitoFuu.

The Best Cosplays of 2016

Winter Soldier (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) cosplayer at Fanime 2016.

The Best Cosplays of 2016

Acdramon’s Marcus Holloway (Watch Dogs 2) cosplay, as photographed by GooJunky Photography.

The Best Cosplays of 2016

TJ Cosplay as Hilda (The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds), photographed by Sean Fernandez.

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Tom Bradier’s Lara Croft (Tomb Raider) cosplay, photographed by Robert Meares.

The Best Cosplays of 2016

Jay Justice’s Commander Shepard (Mass Effect) cosplay, photographed by JL7 Photography.

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Darth Jar Jar cosplayer at Fanime 2016.

The Best Cosplays of 2016

The Sisu Squid Cosplay as Gijinka Scizor (Pokemon), photographed by Vordigon Photography.

The Best Cosplays of 2016

Bishop Cosplay’s Bishop (Marvel), photographed by SF Design.

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Yeliz Cosplays’ Kotal Kahn (Mortal Kombat) cosplay, photographed by S L Dixon Photography.

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Something Wicked’s Deadpool (Marvel) cosplay, photographed by Riots Armory.

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Rick Boer’s Big Boss cosplay, photographed by Cynthia Veekens.

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d-Slim Cosplay as Starmie and Peterson Sim as Staryu, photographed by Somakun.

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Knitemaya as Winter Wonderland Skin Tracer, photographed by Pireze.

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Regarding cosplaying in general, Tom Braider, one of our featured cosplayers, told IGN, “My favorite thing about being a cosplayer is knowing that there are people out there that can really understand and relate to my interests. It’s one of the best ways to meet friends, make connections and celebrate the culture in which we are a part of. I am so happy to contribute and be a part of it.”

Thank you to all of the cosplayers and photographers who shared their work with us in 2016. Here’s to another great year of cosplay on IGN.

Alanah Pearce is an editor at IGN, but she’s a cosplayer, too! You can find her cosplays on Facebook

Out This Week: Blair Witch, MX vs. ATV 2017 and Mariah Carey’s Glitter

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Following up on her New Year’s Eve spectacle, Mariah Carey’s got even more for her fans as 2017 is ushered in.

With so many new games and movies coming out, it can be hard to keep up. Lucky for you, IGN is here to help with a weekly round-up of the biggest releases each and every week. Check out the latest releases for this week, and be sure to come back next Monday for a new update.

Note: The prices and deals compiled below are accurate at the time we published this story, but all are subject to change.

Out This Week: Blair Witch, MX vs. ATV 2017 and Mariah Carey's Glitter

Glitter

Release Date: Tuesday, January 3, 2017

  • See it on Amazon for $6.99 (Blu-ray)

If Mariah Carey’s, ahem, memorable New Year’s Eve performance has reignited your interest in her career, her 2001 turn as a leading lady on the silver screen just so happens to be getting a Blu-ray re-release this week! Less than seven bucks, too, which isn’t too bad a price to pay to see a film that may have been even more of a trainwreck that what millions just witnessed in Times Square two nights ago.

From our 2001 Review (Rated 2.0 out of 10): The most telling thing about the way Glitter was approached by its makers, and is being sold to the public, is on a billboard advertising the movie I saw on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles as I drove home from the screening. The billboard exhorts us to watch for “the soundtrack and movie” Glitter. The way the billboard reads, it almost seems like the movie is an afterthought, a secondary promotion for the album. Seeing the film, it’s obvious that is indeed the case.

Blair Witch

Release Date: Tuesday, January 3, 2017

  • See it on Amazon for $19.96 (Blu-ray)

From our Review: Blair Witch is a terrific sequel that stays true to the spirit of the original while at the same time developing and expanding upon the legend. The film fills in multiple blanks that those who loved the mystery and ambiguity of the original might not appreciate, but if you want more of what made the first film work, Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett deliver, in deeply distressing and genuinely frightening fashion.

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Rurouni Kenshin Part III: The Legend Ends

Release Date: Tuesday, January 3, 2017

  • See it on Amazon for $19.96 (Blu-ray)

After his confrontation with Shishio ends in defeat, Kenshin Himura awakens at the home of his old Master. With his mind set on revenge, he trains day and night to learn the final technique of his deadly fighting style. While he builds up his strength, Shishio and his army attack the coastline and force the new government to name Kenshin a wanted man. With the world closing in on him, Kenshin will have to look inside himself to find the strength he needs to protect his friends and end Shishio’s reign of terror once and for all. As the two ex-assassins prepare for their final fight, the wanderer with the back-blade and a bloody past will learn which force truly drives him—his will to live or his killer instinct.

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life

Release Date: Tuesday, January 3, 2017

  • See it on Amazon for $19.96 (Blu-ray)

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life chronicles the trials and triumphs of Rafe Khatchadorian, as he uses his wits to battle bullies, hormones and the tyrannical, test-obsessed Principal Dwight.

MX vs. ATV: Supercross Encore – 2017 Official Track Edition

Release Date: Wednesday, January 4, 2017

  • See it on Amazon for $32 with Prime (PS4 or Xbox One); $40 Without

Rip, jump and scrub your way to victory with over 35 tracks in this vastly extended version! Only the Encore Edition features brand new rhythm racing mode, extra outdoor nationals tracks, and exclusive waypoint races in open world maps. The improved game engine brings remastered HD graphics & sound, smoother online gameplay, and updated riding physics for full control. For the first time ever you can race the same tracks as the pros do – the week of the real event! Race all 16 official tracks from the 2017 Super cross Championship! Each track becomes available for download a few days before the actual Championship event. This exclusive opportunity is only available for a limited time, so get yours today!

Lucas M. Thomas assembles Out This Week every week, and when he’s not doing that, he’s assembling magazine pages as the Editor-in-Chief of Nintendo Force Magazine. New subscriptions available now through Patreon! You can follow him on Twitter, @NintendoForce.

GTA 5: New Mode, Double XP, and More Arrive

Grand Theft Auto V‘s online mode, GTA Online, continues to grow and evolve.

Rockstar today launched a new bike and mode, and rolled out the latest weekly sales. Additionally, now is your last chance to frolic in the snow and claim your GTA Online holiday gift. Today, January 2, is the last day to get your free firework launcher just for logging in. Additionally, snow will stop falling after today, so now is your last chance to pick up snowballs and chuck them at other players.

GTA 5: New Mode, Double XP, and More Arrive

In terms of new content, the new Pegassi FCR 1000 notorcycle is now available in the game. “An instant classic, this bike will be the envy of your grandpa, even if he did disown you,” Rockstar said.

The new Adversay mode is called Vehicle Vendetta. As its name suggests, this is a vehicle-focused mode in which teams compete for powerups spread across the maps; here’s a rundown of them, as written by Rockstar:

  • Beast: Automatically transforms you into a Rhino Tank.
  • Detonator: Removes obstacles and objects from the arena.
  • Bomb: Place up to three bombs around the map to destroy trailing enemies.
  • Rockets: Fire rockets at oncoming drivers to incapacitate them.
  • Repair: Returns vehicle back to max health.
  • Ghost: Become translucent, allowing you to drive through enemy vehicles to steal their power-ups.
  • Jammed: Forces the accelerator on for the enemy team’s vehicles.
  • Flipped: Reverses the enemy team’s steering, acceleration and braking controls.
  • Zoned: Slows down time for all players.
  • Deadline: Automatically switches you onto the Nagasaki Shotaro complete with devastating light trail.
  • Random: Chance to collect any power-up except Detonator.

Vehicle Vendetta pays out double GTA$ and RP through January 17.

You can also earn double GTA$ and RP in some of GTA Online’s Stunt races. Starting on January 3, all 27 of the Rockstar-developed Stunt races will pay out extra. Additionally, this week’s Premium Race is Racing Alley, which pays out triple RP.

GTA 5: New Mode, Double XP, and More Arrive

As for GTA Online sales, beginning on January 3, you can save on the following:

  • 25% more GTA$ on Vehicle Exports
  • 25% off Special Vehicle Warehouse Renovations & Special Cargo Warehouses
  • 50% off Grenade Launcher
  • 25% off Engine Performance Upgrades
  • 25% off Body Armor, Ammo, Throwables, and Explosive Weapon Ammo
  • 25% off all Masks

This sale is good until January 16. Go to the Rockstar Newswire to learn more about all of this.

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Dragon Ball Super Episode 72: “Will There Be A Counterattack?! The Invisible Killing Strike!” Review

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Beating death once again.

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

Apologies for the delay of this review due to the holiday!

Fighting is at the core of “Will There Be A Counterattack?! The Invisible Killing Strike!”, as Hit returns to finish what he started with Goku. Good fight scenes help prop up Episode 72, but it’s ultimately weighed down by some strange story decisions and an all too convenient revival of our hero.

The highlight of this episode is once again Hit. The assassin continues to impress as he returns to fight Goku and finish him off once and for all. His minimalist fighting style and cold attitude counter Goku well, and his unique powers force Goku to think outside the box rather than relying on brute force to solve the problem. His animation is also quite different, which helps lend to the air of mystery that surrounds his character. The ending of the episode leaves things open for future appearances, so we hope to see his character built upon as the series progresses.

Dragon Ball Super Episode 72: “Will There Be A Counterattack?! The Invisible Killing Strike!” Review

The death of Goku should’ve also been a highlight, but it ultimately amounts to a minor inconvenience for our hero. Of the many ways people have been revived in the past, Goku managing to resuscitate himself with a Ki blast is certainly one of the most unique, but also one of the cheapest. Death in the Dragon Ball universe already means so little – if Goku can just constantly revive himself with a well placed Ki Blast, then is there ever going to be a meaningful threat on his life? This isn’t a new issue for the Dragon Ball series, but the constant abuse of character death, only to have it rectified the next episode needs to end if we the viewers are ever expected to take it seriously.

The reveal at the end of the episode, that Goku is the one who hired the assassin, should’ve also been a fun moment. Instead, I found it to be very strange and on the edge of believability. Goku has always been reckless with his life, but the idea that he would hire an assassin to try and kill him seems to be a step too far for his character. This issue ties into a long standing problem with Goku as a character, that he never changes or matures. Although that’s part of his charm, at this point it’s starting to wear a little thin. He has a family and even a grandchild, so it seems like now would be a great time to show an evolution in his character instead of more of the same reckless, childish Goku we’re used to.

The Verdict

Hit continues to impress as a great counter to Goku. His silent nature and unique fighting style make for great battle scenes and forces our hero to deal with him using thoughtful combat methods instead of brute force techniques. However Episode 72 is bogged down heavily by long standing issues with the Dragon Ball series, causing it’s emotional impact to be negligible and leaving us wondering if Goku will ever grow up, if even a little.