The Reading / Listening - The Batman - Level 4

A new Batman movie is coming. Ben Affleck was going to direct it but changed his mind. The new director might be Matt Reeves. Affleck said it was a tough decision but he could not act in and direct 'The Batman'. He said: "Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give….I cannot do both jobs to the level they require….I have decided to find a partner in a director who will collaborate with me on this massive film."



The movie industry magazine 'Variety' says Mr Reeves is talking to the production company Warner Bros. They have had several meetings. Reeves is currently finishing his latest Planet of the Apes movie. Variety said it would be no problem for him to take over as 'The Batman' director. The script is finished and filming was going to start in May. However, it is now expected to begin later in the year.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    The Batman - Level 5 or  The Batman - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/batman-movie-director-matt-reeves-talks-ben-affleck-departs-as-helmer-972900
  • http://movieweb.com/batman-director-matt-reeves-announced/
  • http://variety.com/2017/film/news/the-batman-new-director-matt-reeves-ben-affleck-1201977575/


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. changed his
  2. it was a tough
  3. Performing this role
  4. the very best
  5. I cannot do both jobs to the
  6. I have decided to find
  7. a director who will collaborate
  8. this massive
  1. performance I can give
  2. with me
  3. mind
  4. film
  5. decision
  6. demands focus
  7. level they require
  8. a partner

Paragraph 2

  1. The movie industry
  2. talking to the production
  3. They have had several
  4. it would be no
  5. take over as
  6. The script is
  7. filming was going
  8. expected to begin
  1. to start in May
  2. finished
  3. company
  4. 'The Batman' director
  5. later in the year
  6. magazine 'Variety'
  7. problem for him
  8. meetings

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A new Batman (1) ___________________. Ben Affleck was going to direct it but changed his mind. The new director (2) ___________________ Matt Reeves. Affleck said it was a (3) ___________________ but he could not act in and direct 'The Batman'. He said: "Performing this role demands focus, passion (4) ___________________ best performance I can give….I cannot do both jobs (5) ___________________ they require….I have decided to find a partner in a director who will collaborate (6) ___________________ massive film."

The (7) ___________________ magazine 'Variety' says Mr Reeves is talking to the production company Warner Bros. They (8) ___________________ meetings. Reeves (9) ___________________ finishing his latest Planet of the Apes movie. Variety said it would (10) ___________________ him to take over as 'The Batman' director. The script (11) ___________________ and filming was going to start in May. However, it is (12) ___________________ begin later in the year.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AnewBatmanmovieiscoming.BenAffleckwasgoingtodirectitbutchan
gedhismind.ThenewdirectormightbeMattReeves.Afflecksaiditwasat
oughdecisionbuthecouldnotactinanddirect'TheBatman'.Hesaid:"Per
formingthisroledemandsfocus,passionandtheverybestperformance
Icangive….Icannotdobothjobstotheleveltheyrequire….Ihavedecide
dtofindapartnerinadirectorwhowillcollaboratewithmeonthismassive
film."Themovieindustrymagazine'Variety'saysMrReevesistalkingtot
heproductioncompanyWarnerBros.Theyhavehadseveralmeetings.R
eevesiscurrentlyfinishinghislatestPlanetoftheApesmovie.Varietysai
ditwouldbenoproblemforhimtotakeoveras'TheBatman'director.The
scriptisfinishedandfilmingwasgoingtostartinMay.However,itisnowe
xpectedtobeginlaterintheyear.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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