Johnny Depp’s Return For ‘Fantastic Beasts 3’ Not Guaranteed Yet

Johnny Depp Fantastic Beasts Warner Bros Harry Potter Amber Heard In a surprising turn of events for the upcoming and untitled third Fantastic Beasts film, it now seems that Johnny Depp’s return as Gellert Grindelwald isn’t guaranteed yet.

To say that Johnny Depp’s last few months have been rough is an understatement at this point. His troubles with ex-wife and Aquaman star Amber Heard and his alleged abuse towards her made Johnny Depp lose momentum to portray Jack Sparrow in future Pirates Of The Caribbean films. The former couple is engulfed in a lawsuit in which Johnny Depp accuses Amber Heard of defamation to effectively boost her Hollywood career.

Notwithstanding, things aren’t looking so great in the Fantastic Beasts franchise front either. According to The Blast, Warner Bros. hasn’t picked up Johnny Depp’s contract option to portray the evil wizard and main antagonist of the series, Gellert Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 3. It seems that, although Johnny Depp has a contract for all five of the planned Fantastic Beasts films, Warner Bros. is adamant to keep him on board after his personal troubles came into the public eye.

Nevertheless, it seems also that Johnny Depp has some heavy hitters on his side. One of them is Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling who’s allegedly still pushing for him to continue with his role as Gellert Grindelwald for all five of the Harry Potter spin-offs.

Fantastic Beasts 3 recently got a release date: November 12, 2021. It seems that J.K. Rowling herself wanted to fix the story for Fantastic Beasts 3 and needs more time in order to get it right, pushing back production on the project for the second time. The film doesn’t have a synopsis as of today, but Fantastic Beasts 3 will probably revolve around the relationship between Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald after the latter discovered that Credence was, in fact, Albus’ younger brother Aurelius. As to what part will Newt Scamander’s Eddie Redmayne play in Fantastic Beasts 3 is anyone’s guess at the moment.

Director David Yates and writer J. K. Rowling will return for the third chapter of the five-film series. The second installment, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, was released in November 2018 and earned $53 million worldwide.

Directed by David Yates from a script written by J. K. Rowling, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, William Nadylam, Kevin Guthrie, Jude Law, and Johnny Depp.

So what do you think? Do you want to see Johnny Depp reprise his role for Fantastic Beasts 3? Let us know in the comments below!

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is now available on Digital HD, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray, and DVD.

Source: The Blast

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

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

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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.