The Reading / Listening - The Batman - Level 5

A new Batman movie is coming and its director could be announced soon. Ben Affleck was going to direct the movie 'The Batman' but changed his mind. It might now be 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' director Matt Reeves. Affleck said it was a tough decision but explained he could not act in as well as 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."



Mr Affleck stepped down from the role late last month. The movie industry magazine 'Variety' reports that Mr Reeves is now talking to the production company Warner Bros. Sources revealed that the studio has met Mr Reeves many times. Reeves is currently in post-production with his latest Planet of the Apes movie. Variety said it should be no problem for him to take over as 'The Batman' director, probably later this year. Filming was due to begin in May, as the script has already been written. However, it is now expected to begin later in 2017.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    The Batman - Level 4 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/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. its director could be
  2. changed
  3. Affleck said it was a tough
  4. he could not act in as well as
  5. Performing this role demands
  6. the very best performance I
  7. I cannot do both jobs to the
  8. a director who will collaborate
  1. level they require
  2. focus
  3. with me
  4. his mind
  5. announced soon
  6. decision
  7. can give
  8. direct 'The Batman'

Paragraph 2

  1. Mr Affleck stepped
  2. late
  3. The movie industry
  4. Reeves is now talking to
  5. Reeves is currently in post-
  6. it should be no problem for
  7. the script has already
  8. it is now expected to
  1. the production company
  2. magazine 'Variety'
  3. been written
  4. last month
  5. begin later in 2017
  6. down from the role
  7. him to take over
  8. production

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A new Batman movie (1) ___________________ its director could be announced soon. Ben Affleck (2) ___________________ direct the movie 'The Batman' but changed his mind. It might now be 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' director Matt Reeves. Affleck said it (3) ___________________ decision but explained he could not act in as well as direct 'The Batman'. He said: "Performing this role demands (4) ___________________ and the very 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."

Mr Affleck stepped down (7) ___________________ late last month. The movie industry magazine 'Variety' reports that Mr Reeves (8) ___________________ to the production company Warner Bros. Sources revealed that the (9) ___________________ Mr Reeves many times. Reeves is currently in post-production (10) ___________________ Planet of the Apes movie. Variety said it should be no problem for (11) ___________________ as 'The Batman' director, probably later this year. Filming was due to begin in May, as the script has (12) ___________________. However, it is now expected to begin later in 2017.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AnewBatmanmovieiscominganditsdirectorcouldbeannouncedsoon.
BenAffleckwasgoingtodirectthemovie'TheBatman'butchangedhismi
nd.Itmightnowbe'DawnofthePlanetoftheApes'directorMattReeves.A
fflecksaiditwasatoughdecisionbutexplainedhecouldnotactinaswella
sdirect'TheBatman'.Hesaid:"Performingthisroledemandsfocus,pass
ionandtheverybestperformanceIcangive….Icannotdobothjobstothel
eveltheyrequire….Ihavedecidedtofindapartnerinadirectorwhowillcol
laboratewithmeonthismassivefilm."MrAfflecksteppeddownfromther
olelatelastmonth.Themovieindustrymagazine'Variety'reportsthatM
rReevesisnowtalkingtotheproductioncompanyWarnerBros.Sources
revealedthatthestudiohasmetMrReevesmanytimes.Reevesiscur
rentlyinpost-productionwithhislatestPlanetoftheApesmovie.Variet
ysaiditshouldbenoproblemforhimtotakeoveras'TheBatman'director
,probablylaterthisyear.FilmingwasduetobegininMay,asthescripthas
alreadybeenwritten.However,itisnowexpectedtobeginlaterin2017.

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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Free writing

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Answers

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