The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that former Batman actor Ben Affleck was never part of Matt Reeves’ plan for the upcoming standalone film The Batman, which is set to introduce Robert Pattinson as the next Caped Crusader.
A new report from the trade has revealed new details regarding Matt Reeves’ plan for the upcoming Batman film, as well as Robert Pattinson’s casting and offering some clarity regarding Ben Affleck’s exit from the franchise. After Ben Affleck dropped out of directing The Batman in January of 2017 — a film which he was originally set to write, direct and star in — Warner Bros. ushered in War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves to take the reigns. While rumors and reports suggested Ben Affleck was no longer going to reprise his role as Batman as early as that summer, the studio denied these claims. It wasn’t until this past January — just shy of two years to the day that Ben Affleck stepped down — that the actor confirmed he would no longer be playing the iconic DC superhero. But it seems the reports were indeed true at the time and Matt Reeves never intended for Ben Affleck to return as the film’s lead.
According to THR, Matt Reeves’ vision for The Batman included a 30-year-old Bruce Wayne, ruling out Ben Affleck for the role from the beginning:
“Reeves, who was hired to write and direct a new Batman movie in February 2017, was envisioning actors while penning the script, according to sources familiar with the filmmaker’s thinking. It helped that this new Batman needed to conform to a defined age bracket. He is written as around 30 years old, and the story is neither another rehashing of his origin nor the tale of a seasoned crimefighter ruling Gotham City. He is Bruce Wayne still trying to find his footing on his way to becoming the genius detective.”
Plot details for The Batman are under wraps, though the project will feature Robert Pattinson as a younger Caped Crusader. The Penguin will be featured as an antagonist in the film along with Catwoman and an unknown rogues gallery of villains. While Ben Affleck’s original script for the project was rumored to have taken inspiration from David Fincher’s The Game, Matt Reeves decided to develop a whole new story for the next Batman film from scratch instead.
Other rumors also suggested that Warner Bros. was also planning to, at one point, feature Ben Affleck bookending the film, similar to Wonder Woman, as the present-day Batman, ultimately connecting the film to the current shared universe, however, this is no longer the case, nor was it ever confirmed.
The Batman is one of the many projects currently being developed by Warner Bros. and DC Films, including The Flash standalone film, Green Lantern Corps, Black Adam, Supergirl, and New Gods.
The DCEU continues forward with Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), on February 7, 2020, and Wonder Woman 1984 on June 5, 2020. A standalone Joker film set outside of the DC Films universe starring Joaquin Phoenix as the Clown Prince of Crime is also set to hit theaters October 4, 2019.
The Batman will be released in theaters on June 25, 2021. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on The Batman and the future of the DC cinematic universe as we learn it.
Top Actors To Replace Ben Affleck In Matt Reeves’ ‘The Batman’
Ben Affleck is officially out as Batman and it's a pretty sad day.
Words cannot describe how sad I am to see Ben Affleck announce that he's no longer Batman. His Batman is why I do what I do. In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, I fell in love with his comic book-accurate interpretation of the Caped Crusader. It was a breath of fresh air and it felt like we finally had the one true Batman.
Three years have quickly sped by and we're officially going to receive a new Batman for his next movie. Last night, Ben Affleck announced that he will not return as the Dark Knight in Matt Reeves' The Batman and now everyone's attention has moved towards wanting to know who the next Bruce Wayne will be. Matt Reeves is said to want an actor that's around 20 years younger than Affleck while Warner Bros. wants someone older. My guess is that Reeves wants a fresh start while the studio wants an older actor for crossover potential.
In this list, I will discuss the actors I think can replace Ben Affleck as Batman using the parameters that Matt Reeves and Warner Bros. want. Hit Next to see our picks to play the Batman.
Michael Fassbender is an X-Men alum and no stranger to comic book franchises. The actor has shown multiple levels of range and could definitely handle the Batman/Bruce Wayne personality. If they go with the older range for the next Dark Knight, then Fassbender is probably one of the best choices to take over the role.
Ben Barnes is out of a job after The Punisher season 2 and he's one of the best actors in that series. The second season tied up Barnes' arc on The Punisher and the actor has already told us that that he'd love to play the Caped Crusader. Barnes definitely has the pretty boy look going on for him and I wonder what his take on Bruce Wayne could be.
I've said this before and I'll say it again: Ryan Gosling needs to star in a superhero movie. I've always thought Gosling would make a great Batman. Every role that he's done has shown us his capability and he could crush it as Bruce Wayne.
Jon Hamm is my top choice for an older Batman. If Warner Bros. wants to cast an older actor for crossover potential, Jon Hamm is the studio's best bet. He has a similar look to Ben Affleck, and c'mon, the guy's look just screams Bruce Wayne.
Armie Hammer is 32 years old and was cast as the Caped Crusader in George Miller's Justice League: Mortal. That film will never see the light of day, but that doesn’t mean that Hammer doesn't deserve a second shot at being the Batman. He's charming, broody and will probably give his all for this role. Armie Hammer is a great option because he's young enough for Matt Reeves and Warner Bros. could work in a way for him to crossover with the rest of the DC Extended Universe.
Game of Thrones alum Richard Madden is my top choice to replace Ben Affleck as Batman. The actor is young, has the look and definitely has the acting chops to play the duality of Batman and Bruce Wayne. Madden just won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television series for the BBC drama Bodyguard, so Warner Bros. may want to quickly snatch him up.