The Hollywood Reporter has a new piece discussing Ben Affleck’s future as Batman in the DC Extended Universe, revealing that Warner Bros. is exploring options for the actor to bow out from the role.
Affleck made his debut as the Caped Crusader in last year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and is set to appear in this November’s Justice League, but THR says that “it would be wise to bet against” the actor returning to the role for the standalone Batman movie that’s being directed by Matt Reeves.
Reeves recently told the press that Affleck is still his Batman and Warner Bros. Pictures chief Toby Emmerich even tells THR, “Ben is our Batman. We love him as Batman. We want to keep him in the cowl as long as we can.” However, the trade hears that the studio is looking at options to “usher out” Affleck’s Batman by addressing the change in an upcoming DCEU movie.
For now, Affleck is heading to Comic-Con International in San Diego this weekend to promote Justice League with the rest of the film’s cast at WB’s Hall H panel.
Stay tuned for more news on Affleck’s future as Batman as we learn it.
8 Reasons Matt Reeves Is The Perfect Director For ‘The Batman’
Batman is a special character and he deserves a special director. He’s had a few through his cinematic lifetime but the most recent addition to the pantheon of Batman directors is one that should excite any fan. Matt Reeves will take the helm of the Ben Affleck-led solo Batman film, tentatively titled The Batman, after Affleck himself vacated the chair to focus on his role.
Reeves made his directorial debut in 2008 on the viral-marketed hit Cloverfield, produced by his childhood friend and frequent colleague J.J. Abrams (which has now spawned an anthology franchise) and made a career hopping from beloved property to beloved property. He remade the hit foreign film Let the Right One In as Let Me In in 2010 and was briefly attached to direct The Twilight Zone film before taking the reins of the rebooted Planet of the Apes series with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in 2014. He returned for the third film, War of the Planet of the Apes, which he is currently in post-production on for a July 14 release this summer.
Reeves is an established name, by dint of his relationships and resume, but he is nonetheless an inspired choice to shepherd one of pop culture’s most venerable characters. His movies are often very dramatic, even sensitive, in way that conveys emotional vulnerability, a powerful tool for maintaining audiences’ suspension of disbelief in the face of the fantastic or ridiculous. His habit of remaking or rebooting properties also makes him comfortable with how to balance the old with the new and, best of all, how to fuse both into something that is both highly personal and very accessible. For more reasons why Reeves is the perfect director for The Batman, click Next!