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‘Batman v Superman’ director debunks Joker-was-Robin fan theory

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Zack Snyder has offered fans a more prosaic explanation for the appearance of Robin’s costume in Dawn of Justice

Zack Snyder has debunked a fan theory about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which is that the caped crusader’s former sidekick Robin had morphed into supervillain the Joker .

Related: Batman v Superman: can a Joker card of a fan theory save Zack Snyder’s film?

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The theory had been gathering steam since the release of the superhero blockbuster, as a way of explaining the new Batman’s out-of-character behaviour: Ben Affleck’s Dark Knight targets Superman on minimal evidence and kills bad guys on the streets of Gotham.

At one point in the film, Batman walks past a Robin costumethat has bullet holes, in his Batcave. Fans have suggested that photographs of a topless, tattooed Jared Leto in character as the Joker for the forthcoming film Suicide Squad show scars on his left and right shoulders in the same position as the holes in the Robin costume.

Related: Batfleck begins: Ben Affleck ‘has written his own Batman movie’

But Snyder told IGN he has a more orthodox explanation for the scene, one that recalls the 1988 graphic novel A Death in the Family . “In my mind, it was that Robin had died 10 years earlier, during some run in with a young Joker,” he said. “To me, it was a fun backstory … to play with. The whole idea was that there had been loss and sacrifice.”

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Snyder added: “[Batman] doesn’t really have a life outside of the cave. I thought by including Robin – a dead Robin – it would help us understand he’s been on quite a little journey.”

Affleck’s agent, Patrick Whitesell, told the Hollywood Reporter this week that the actor and Oscar-winning film-maker had written his own script for a Batman movie set in Warner Bros’ planned “DC Comics superhero universe”. However, he also said his client was currently only contracted for two more appearances as Batman, in two forthcoming Justice League films which are due in 2017 and 2018.

Related: Kevin Smith: Batman v Superman showed ‘fundamental misunderstanding’

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Batman v Superman has been heavily criticised for its lack of humour, notably by Affleck’s friend and sometime director Kevin Smith .

In related news, Birth.Movies.Death reports that David Ayer’s Suicide Squad movie is having reshoots, in order to lighten the tone and add more comedy.

Suicide Squad, about a team of DC Comics supervillains who are allowed out of jail to complete an “impossible” mission, has been the subject of huge interest since a trailer featuring an irreverent tone and plenty of bad-guy wisecracking hit the web. However, the fan site reports that the promo featured most, if not all, of the movie’s jokes, and that new scenes are being shot to ensure it doesn’t misrepresent the final movie.

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Starring Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Leto as the Joker, Will Smith as Deadshot, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag and Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, Suicide Squad is due in cinemas this August.

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‘Possible war in the Middle East’: Editor explains why Trump’s visa attack on Iran is ‘lame’ response to oil field bombing

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As the United States is searching for ways to draw down on decades-long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, serious conflicts might be afoot, one Daily Beast reporter told MSNBC Sunday.

World News editor Christopher Dickey told host Kendis Gibson he doesn't understand the point of barring Iranian diplomats from being able to come to the United Nations General Assembly meeting this fall. During a "Meet the Press" interview Sunday morning, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) said that the U.S. should deny the visas. The statement prompted Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) to call her out for "warmongering," and said she was out of touch with Americans who don't want to get into another costly Middle East war.

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Why you should sell your house now — and not wait for the climate to change

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Cities across the United States are already seeing the impacts of climate change. Sea levels are on the rise in Miami, Florida, where ocean waters creep into the streets, even when it isn't raining. Massive wildfires have taken out whole neighborhoods in California and in Alaska, about 2.5 million acres have burned since July 3. Wildfires there are getting worse, according to experts.

The problem of climate change has reached a dangerous level for some homeowners in areas that are no longer insurable. In Miami, for example, the "street-level" is now considered the basement and insurers are dropping coverage for basements. According to the Daily Beast, at least 340,000 California homeowners lost their property insurance coverage between 2015 and 2018 because the wildfires are getting worse and companies don't want to pay out when homes are destroyed.

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‘Please give me the audacity of a mediocre white man’: Editor unleashes on Justice Brett Kavanaugh

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Managing Editor Tiffany Cross, who co-founded The Beat DC, unleashed on the most recent Supreme Court Justice to be outed for sexual misconduct.

Max Stier, a classmate of Justice Brett Kavanaugh came out with another story of the justice forcing his naked penis into the hand of a woman. The FBI was supposed to do a full investigation into Kavanaugh, and Stier gave them the information. Somehow, however, the investigation either wasn't completed, wasn't revealed or was ignored, because none of the information revealed was released.

Cross said that there are some who normally would have said, "man if only we knew about these allegations during the confirmation hearing." The problem, of course, is that it was known, Cross explained. It was simply ignored by Republicans in the majority. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) is an excellent example of a pro-choice, pro-woman senator who claimed she trusted Kavanaugh. She's suffered the consequences from her home-state in wake of the vote. In the past four years, she has dropped from being the most favored senator in the country to among the least.

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