Ben Affleck Welcomes Matt Reeves To ‘The Batman’

Ben Affleck BatmanAh, The Batman. From rumoured, to confirmed; shut down, to still going. The upcoming DC Comics film has had a pretty turbulent start, but with the confirmation of Matt Reeves as director of the picture, a ray of sunlight may finally be upon us. A few weeks ago, Reeves was rumoured to be the front runner for the project, only to then drop out of directing duties. However, earlier today, the Dawn of The Planet of The Apes director officially joined the The Batman… For good.

If this confirmation was not enough, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice‘s Ben Affleck took to Twitter to confirm the arrival of Reeves. Affleck stated, “Welcome to the Batcave, .” If that is not confirmation, I really do not know what is! You can check out the awesome tweet below, including a lovely image of a maskless Batman in the Batcave:

Reeves responded to Affleck with the following tweet.

DC Entertainment president and chief creative officer Geoff Johns also took to Twitter to welcome Reeves.

So, what do you guys think of Reeves joining the DC Extended Universe? If anything, this means Warner Bros. are particularly thrilled with his upcoming Planet of The Apes film, set to bow into theatres on July 14, 2017. Are you excited about the upcoming Batman standalone? With the announcement of a Nightwing film as well, it looks like there is no way of stopping the DCEU.

The Batman has no scheduled release date.

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Roby D'Ottavi

Just a young writer hoping to become an old writer. From the land Down Under; no, I don't know Jai Courtney.

  • Brownstones19

    while I feel ben may leave after The Batman…….I do love that tweet.

    • SAMURAI36

      He’s signed on for 3 films.

      • Brownstones19

        “After”, BvS-1, JL-2, The Batman-3.

      • Ideally WB would want a solo Batman trilogy and at least one more JL film. The problem is how does Ben do anything else for the next 7-8 years? Like make films that he wants to direct? I’m thinking that we’ll see him in maybe one more film as Batman after The Batman. If he wants to make films of his own, that is–without burning himself out as he does the Batman thing.

        • SAMURAI36

          I guess we’ll have to see. But IMO, he can do the same thing he’s done thus far. He put out 2 films between BVS and JL. I see Batman solo films coming about every 2 years, so that’s plenty of time to do what he wants.

          Also, WW has done 2 films in between BVS and WW. She practically did JL simultaneously with WW. Ezra Miller is starring in another major film between Flash and JL. Henry Cavill has 1 film between BVS and JL. Jason Mamoa has a whopping FOUR films in between BVS and JL. He will probably have at least 1 in between JL and Aquaman.

          These actors really wanna stay as active as possible, if they wanna stay relevant. Plus, they are not like Marvel actors, where people like Chris Evans is not doing much in between Marvel films.

          • Btw, Evans is eager to direct, I recall reading that not long ago.

          • Didn’t Chris Evans recently direct a poorly received romantic comedy or drama?

          • Before We Go (22% on RT, audience 54%).

          • SAMURAI36

            LMAO, utter failure. It didn’t even do half a million. I’m betting the “54%” were the Marvel Zombies that would have supported it regardless of how bad it was.

            This guy will never sit in the chair again for the rest of his life. LOL

          • It’s not an auspicious start is it? I still like Chris Evans, though. And I try not to go by RT critic scores because sometimes my reasons for liking a film have nothing to do with what maintstream critics think is wrong with a film. I like “I, Frankenstein” for example, for some admittedly obtuse reasons– and it has a RT score of 3%. But I actually dig the film. So again, RT is for me not always a good indicator of what I will actually like for my own quirky reasons.

          • SAMURAI36

            Fair point. I thought I Frankenstein was an AWESOME film. Was really hoping it would have connected to the Underworld series, the way the creator had originally intended, but it’s still great nonetheless.

            Evans has never really done anything for me. And color me biased, but his Craptain America soured me all the more on him. But just for reference, I like RDJ, despite Iron Man.

          • SAMURAI36

            He’s been singing that directing song for what, a couple of years now? The most that’ll happen (at least anytime soon), is Marvel will give him a shot at the chair, which is no big deal for them, since they hand-hold their directors anyway.

          • Problem is that during filming and promotion of BvS and JL he shot Live by Night and his confidence was shaken because it did poorly. I think he realized that his own directorial efforts just take too much of a hit when spreads himself too thin. So he has to give up something in his work load. Maybe giving up directing the Batman films was what he needed to sacrifice in order to then do an excellent job with all the other projects he wants to accomplish.

          • Math

            The thing that still bugs me is his age. Affleck ain’t that young anymore. How long can he keep playing Batman? How can you start a whole shared universe with an old coming out of retirement Batman? That means we aren’t going to get that many Batman films down the line. They’ll have to either reboot the DCEU or concentrate on standalone films of a much younger Bruce Wayne before the universe really took off. Or do you go down the Batman Beyond road? I mean, there are options, but like Sony did with previous Spider-man, going too old too fast feels like a wasted opportunity.

          • SAMURAI36

            Neither is RDJ, but no one complains about him.

          • I think it’s actually kind of neat that they are going down this road of using an older Batman. I think is fine if this Batman run takes Ben even into his early 50s. My favorite boxing film of all time is Hard Times with Charles Bronson who was I think 51 or 52 during filming. And he is a total badass.

          • SAMURAI36

            Absolutely! And it’s not like there isn’t a story precedent for it in the source material.

        • Vegas82

          He makes 1-2 DC films a year and then does his own thing. For some films, like SS, they don’t even need him. They just throw a double in a suit. Even if they need some VO from him, that takes a day. Maybe 2 if they need to do some re-records.

          • Yeah, maybe not having to direct the Batman films is the thing that frees him up to do the best possible job at directing his own films.

          • SAMURAI36

            Precisely. Hardly the packed schedule.

  • SAMURAI36

    This should shut all the haters up.

  • Carl

    Great, they finally got this sorted out… for now… until someone else drops out. Sorry but all the hype for this has died. If WW and JL aren’t good then who cares about this.

    • 12stepCornelius

      A LOT of people. Or haven’t you noticed?

      • Joseph Chaisson

        Right now a lot of people care but if WW and JL fail, fans will be burnt out. Right now The Batman is not looking to good. Script issues, affleck stepping out after BvS failed and JL completion. It doesn’t look good.

        • SAMURAI36

          All you did was regurgitate the same nonsense that others are saying. And none of it is true.

          And how exactly will WW and JL “fail”? The only way WW fails, is if it does less than $700M, which nobody believes will happen. JL is expected to do at least $1B, and although I hope it does, there’s no way it will do less than that.

          • Yeah, if WW is any good at all it probably makes $700M. Sh*t, Suicide Squad made $745M. JL cracks $1B.

          • SAMURAI36

            I actually think WW will do $800M at the very least. Remember, SS made $745M, with bad reviews & no China. WW will definitely have a China release, & of word of mouth is positive, then it will definitely have legs.

          • Yeah with mostly positive reviews (especially a fresh RT score of 60+%) maybe somewhere in the $800-900M range is very possible.

          • JMMagwood

            There’s a reasonable possibility that WW will do better b.o. than JL. It’s a summer release, and keep in mind that the haters will still have the knives out for any Snyder DC movie, so there may still be a slightly subdued bank for that movie. WW will probably have a lot of good will no matter the quality.

          • Joseph Chaisson

            I didn’t say it will, I said if. But with DCEU’s track record there is a strong chance it may.

          • SAMURAI36

            What “track record” are you referring to? Because thus far, the first 3 DCEU films have been successful.

          • Joseph Chaisson

            No they haven’t. When you have the Trinity first appear on screen and it can’t even make double to production cost it’s a failure. SS couldn’t touch GotG final numbers and had a massive drop off. MoS made a decent amount of money and to a studio made the most. But they are not a success. They made enough to barley stay a float.
            Lets say you purchased 100 dollars with of lottery tickets, you won 105 dollars total. Yes you made 5 dollars but not enough to state it was worth it. Thats the DCEU.

          • SAMURAI36

            There you go again, regurgitating.

            No they haven’t. When you have the Trinity first appear on screen and it can’t even make double to production cost it’s a failure.

            All of this has been debunked numerous times all over the net, but people like you are content to keep upchucking the same lie, as if the more you repeat it, the truer it becomes.

            SS couldn’t touch GotG final numbers and had a massive drop off.

            So wait, a film with mostly unknown characters (which totally contradicts your claim about BVS), and that had NO China release, is supposed somehow overpower a film that did have a China release? Try harder.

            MoS made a decent amount of money and to a studio made the most. But they are not a success. They made enough to barley stay a float.

            You’re lying. Once again, this has been debunked numerous times. And you have no clue what they made, because you (like most people) have no clue how the movie production process works.

            Here’s a little hint for you: LICENSING & MERCHANDISING. Look it up.

            Lets say you purchased 100 dollars with of lottery tickets, you won 105 dollars total. Yes you made 5 dollars but not enough to state it was worth it. Thats the DCEU.

            Wow, what retarded nonsense is that?

            How’s about this example instead: let’s say you were given 100 lottery tickets for free, and out of those, you won $1B. Out of that $1B, you spent $500M to buy more lottery tickets. and out of that last batch of tickets, you won almost $900M.

            That means you’re up almost $1.5B. And that is the DCEU.

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  • bingeit 45

    how stupid does everyone look now, fanboys having no knowledge how business is conducted were typing as they were experts and blaming the studio based on speculations by clickbait articles and youtubers *Cough collider Cough*

    • 12stepCornelius

      And Collider continues with Schnepp predicting that Nightwing has been announced because whoever plays Nightwing will be Batman in The Batman movie. Which is starring Ben Affleck. Meanwhile, Campea has become autistic, and refuses to believe that Ben Affleck is still attached to The Batman in any shape or form, quoting the exact tweet of Affleck welcoming Matt Reeves to the film. What a bunch of children. I may just tune in to Movie Talk tomorrow just to see how crazy they get with their crybaby looney tunes theories.

      • SAMURAI36

        Yeah, these guys gives this genre a bad name.

        • Math

          Can you blame them really? They are fanboys buying into the speculation. It’s their job to react to various news and rumors. Things seems to be finally turning out for the best, but we can’t deny that it wasn’t looking all that encouraging before.

          • SAMURAI36

            What I can blame them for, is not reacting to rumors & negative press, but rather creating rumors & negative press where there was none. And then, as someone else here stated, they double down on their lies, when they are exposed, & the desperate (& biased) fans pretend no-harm, no-foul afterwards, & keep right on tuning into their lies.

            They were the ones that “leaked” that the WW pre-screenings were “a mess”, & then Patty Jenkins had to go behind them, & point out that there had been NO pre-screenings at that time, because the film was still in post-production.

            They got people all worked up over a false rumor, that they didn’t even bother to verify. Which should’ve been easy to do, if they have the “sources” that they claim, that supposedly gave them the info in the first place.

            You’d think that this sort of slander & $h!tty journalism would bother someone in your position/profession, because it speaks directly to your craft.

            And even now, they are trying to twist this new news into something negative; in light of Reeves signing on, these idiots are trying to save face by shifting the focus on the notion that Affleck might be leaving, despite the fact he himself just confirmed his commitment, & (via another news site) WB just confirmed it as well.

            So, if another news site could confirm it, why couldn’t they? When’s the last time you heard ANY of these sites say “We reached out to WB for an official statement on this story…”?

            This sort of agenda-based journalism is exactly what was employed during the US Presidential elections. He who possesses the loudest bullhorn, tells the “best” news.

            What’s sad, is that seemingly, reasonably intelligent enough people such as yourself, continue to fall for these paper-thin antics.

          • Math

            To be fair, they always warn everyone before hand that they are reacting to rumors and that this is all speculative and could turn out completely false. They always warn people that this is not based on facts, but opinions based on noise that comes to their ears. They never treated it as facts. It’s their job to react to these rumors and speculation.

            Now there is a big difference between Collider movie talk, which the whole point is to comment and react to news and speculation vs the collider website whose job is to report news. I also have huge issues with the reporting on the Collider website, because they put way too much opinion in their news articles. They should stick to reporting the news there and make sure to highlight what is fact and what is rumor. That one I agree with you 100%.

            But movie talk is suppose to emulate you sitting down with your friends and talking about the latest piece of gossip you just heard. That’s fine. It’s simply that some people can’t seem to make the difference between fact and gossip/opinions.

            And again, there was so much gossiping surrounding WB management of the DCEU, that at one point you can’t help but start to believe that there is something unhealthy happening behind the scenes. I clearly remember them not buying into the first rumors going around. After a while though, when you see too much smoke, you have to believe there is fire somewhere. Maybe it’s not where you assume it is, but you know there’s something fishy going on.

            Now because things are looking like they are working out does not mean there wasn’t a whole bunch of arguing and controversy before. Kudos to WB for righting the ship if that was indeed the case. It happens. It often happens. And maybe Ben Affleck does want out of this movie, but he has a contract and maybe they don’t want to break it. We don’t know.

            Again, for me, this is just them doing their job. They are fans. Like you and me, they want nothing more then for WB to create a great Batman film. And like us, we often get emotional when things aren’t working out the way we wish they would. Their intention is not to give WB a bad reputation. Their intentions is to communicate their worries about how things are being perceived right now, hoping there is time to right the ship and fix things that aren’t going well. And right now, WB seem to have done just that, but only time will tell.

          • SAMURAI36

            To be fair, they always warn everyone before hand that they are reacting to rumors and that this is all speculative and could turn out completely false. They always warn people that this is not based on facts, but opinions based on noise that comes to their ears. They never treated it as facts. It’s their job to react to these rumors and speculation.

            The problem that I have with this POV, is 3-fold:
            1) As a writer myself, It’s problematic to say “take what I say with a grain of salt“, especially when you are seeking credibility, because it’s your “job” to write/say this stuff. Speaking of which….
            2) How exactly is it their “job”? Are they getting paid to do it? And if so, by whom? That presumption opens up a particularly precarious can of worms for them. Bit more on that later.
            3) Even with their disclaimers (which have always come off as conspicuously disingenuous), they are still attempting to lead the reader/viewer to think they have the “inside info”, which is integral to what they do, especially if it’s their “job” to do it. Lost credibility = lost reader/viewership = lost revenue (again, assuming it’s their “job”, which equates to them/whomever employs them getting paid from it).

            Now there is a big difference between Collider movie talk, which the whole point is to comment and react to news and speculation vs the collider website whose job is to report news. I also have huge issues with the reporting on the Collider website, because they put way too much opinion in their news articles. They should stick to reporting the news there and make sure to highlight what is fact and what is rumor. That one I agree with you 100%.

            This whole paragraph highlights the entire issue I have with not only Collider, but nearly all comic book related “journalism”.

            It’s an oxymoron to suggest that these guys are just “fans”, & are simulating fans sitting around shooting the breeze about their hobby, A) if it is their “job” to do so, but also B) when the set (yes, it’s a set, & an elaborate one at that) is designed to present an air of professionalism.
            I’ve sat around & jawed with my friends about this stuff all the time. Bit there’s usually a basket full of laundry that needs to get washed sitting on the floor beside me, by the couch I’m sitting on, & various other sundry items. And I’m d&mn sure not tryna film it.
            These guys have the teleprompter thing on the side of the screen, with their news notes in front of them. They’re reasonably well dressed, with a studio-level news desk they are sitting behind. It looks like they are trying to create the comic book version of ESPN First Take (look up “First Take” on Youtube, if you are unfamiliar with the reference), where the girl Ava (or whatever her name is) is doing her rendition of Molly Q, Campea is Stephen A. Smith, the other guy is Max Kellerman, etc etc.
            The difference being, I’ve seen SA Smith at games, interviewing players. Kellerman has been ringside, calling boxing matches for over 2 decades. So while they are indeed talking sports rumors, & interjecting their opinions as pundits, & while I certainly don’t agree with them all the time (especially SA Smith), their credibility is far above reproach, because of the years they’ve put in with actual journalism.
            The Collider folks, OTOH, are more like TMZ, than First Take. However, they KNOW that people are depending on their site & their show for actual comic related “news”, especially when they set up their format up that way.
            AND, as you said, the lines are so blurred between the articles on the site & the discussions on the show, that it’s no wonder the viewers/readers take them as a solid news source. I think the disclaimers they offer are more for legal purposes than anything else.
            The sad reality is, 90% of the dozen or so comic “news” sites, and/or personalities that “report” this stuff is no different from Collider. They are all biased fanboys, trying desperately to male name for themselves, & as such, their content consists of10% (or less) copy/pasting from actual announcements, & the other 90+% is them rumor mongering, biased opinionating, & best-guessing…. i.e., creating “news” where there is none.
            As a result, 90% of what we THINK we know about the DCEU (& even Marvel, for that matter) comes from them. And moreover most people’s views about these franchises come from this as well.
            Case in point: all the problems & woes that people associate with the DCEU at this juncture, are exact same ones the MCU had, at the same point in time of their early development. Bit people don’t focus on that, because it wasn’t being reported, by Collider, or most of these other sites. Certainly mot in them” doom & gloom” fashion that the DCEU gets dragged before the masses, for a public flogging.
            I could list countless examples, complete with links & references. Is it
            because I’m not sitting behind a fancy desk, with curtains on the wall behind me, that you wouldn’t take the info I could present seriously? Is it that I’m too much of a biased fanboy, not to be taken seriously? Because that’s precisely what you called them; “fans doing their jobs”.
            Here’s a newsflash: “fans” don’t tarnish the hobby they claim to love, even if they are dissatisfied with some aspects of said hobby.
            And these guys do more to ruin this hobby, than we think WB could ever do.

          • Math

            I understand your frustration but a lot of people tune in and enjoy their show. I assume this brings in a lot of money for Collider so they are going to keep doing it. I think it’s the same reason Adam Chitwood, Matt Goldberg, Dave Trumbore and cie. keep insulting the movies they report on in almost every article they write. It creates controversy, people want to know what new stupidity they write next and that attracts a lot of clicks.

            At least Collider movie talk offer various points of views (thought I’ll agree that they share very similar points of views most of the time, but still) so it’s rarely all bashing. I agree with most of them most of the time and I enjoy watching their show every once in a while (especially when there’s big news that just got released). Again, I take it for what it is: a bunch of movie geeks geeking out on exciting or frustrating news and rumors. I know most of the time the information is incomplete and we are just reacting to a small piece of a much bigger puzzle. It’s OK. It’s all part of the fun. I’m not going to judge a movie based on rumors and opinions of various people based on those rumors. Reviews might influence my decision to go see a movie that I’m on the fence about. That’s the only real power they have… but I’ll say I only listen to reviews because going to the movies is so expensive nowadays. Were movie ticket prices down, I wouldn’t care what they say as much.

            But I don’t always agree with what they say. I’m very aware that their opinion isn’t necessarily going to be my own. They have been very mean to some of the movies I have worked on that I personally found very good. I didn’t lose any sleep over it though. It’s too bad, but it’s their opinion and their right to express it. It’s just the reality we live in right now. It’s not ideal, but that’s what movie studios have to deal with nowadays so they better be careful what information leaks and have good PR to make sure things don’t snowball out of hand. I’m the end, the best way to stop naysayers and to calm the storm is to release good movies and when that happens, people stop focusing on all the noise around them.

            Anyway, that’s just my opinion on the matter.

          • SAMURAI36

            I gotcha. It’s true, that they fulfill a “need”, as twisted and counterproductive as that need seems to be. My grievance is that there is very little in the way of actual journalism that covers this genre, and thus we are left with the Collider’s (and even HH) of the world, that do more to make things worse, and the fan base seems to be willfully oblivious.

          • Math

            Grrr… FYI, my phone is acting weird. It’s only posted part of my reply. I had to edit it to complete it properly.

          • SAMURAI36

            No worries, my tablet does the same thing. Honestly, I don’t think it’s our devices, but rather that Disqus is really wonky.

      • Campea just doubles down when he’s wrong about something. He gets even more entrenched in his position, and he rationalizes his arguments even more forecefully, etc. He did it with the Gal Gadot casting, for example. Apparently he can’t let go of his wish that Jamie Alexander had gotten the role instead of Gal. At least in BvS Gal was a huge hit. The jury is still out for her performance in the WW film. But I think we’ll find out soon if she gets a passing grade when WB screens the film for a select group of (presumably friendly) critics–at least I predict that’s what they’ll do (such as was done for Arrival and Logan, which seems to be a new marketing strategy for a film that the studio has confidence will be well received).

        Anyway, it would be refreshing for Campea to sometimes just kind of shrug and admit to himself, ah well, I was wrong. C’est la vie.

        Schnepp often gets into a kind of apoplectic butthurt crazed fanboy mode when he’s unhappy about something. It’s all emotionally driven, is what it looks like. But gradually over time he regains his equilibrium and looks at the situation a little more soberly. I can forgive his ‘moments’ because he has a deep passion as a fanboy, and ultimately that’s all good. He’s just talking about his own experience (personal likes and dislikes), basically. So I give him credit for that.

        I like both of them and enjoy listening to them. But obviously they both have their quirks.

    • Splinter76

      I absolutely loathe that entire Collider crew.

      • SAMURAI36

        Same here. They’re worse than Fox News.

  • Joseph Chaisson

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