Ben Affleck has become strangely evasive over his future as the DCEU's Batman after unconfirmed reports started circulating that he'd be stepping down from the role in the near future. There's been something of a snowballing effect with rumours over the past few months, growing out of the shadows of Batman vs Superman's critical lashing, and reaching a new peak when Affleck stepped down as director of The Batman solo film. War for the Planet of the Apes' Matt Reeves has since stepped in, essentially throwing Affleck's script out of the window and starting again.
He's not only replaced Ben Affleck as the movie's director, he's also binned off Affleck's script too, and is now formulating his own plot.
'War for the Planet of the Apes' director Matt Reeves on fighting for his vision, pushing for ape-only movies, the future of the series, and his Batman intentions.
Once 'War Of The Planet of the Apes' helmsman Matt Reeves is done with revolutionary primates, it sounds like he's got some big plans for the Dark Knight too.
'War for the Planet of the Apes' director Matt Reeves expresses admiration for Christopher Nolan, sharing some insight into his own take on 'The Batman'.
The 'War for the Planet of the Apes' filmmaker also sees a connection between his two leading men (well, primates).
'Beauty and the Beast' actor says he was "just having some fun" after hinting he might be set to play the Batman villain.
It looks as though ‘The Batman’ is going through some changes. During an interview with CBS Pittsburgh (via Batman News) Joe Manganiello – the man behind the Deathstroke mask – cast doubt on whether or not he’s even in the movie at all. “Maybe,” he said, throwing his hands up in the air when asked about ‘The Batman’.
Ben Affleck and Warner Bros have some fresh ‘Batman’ hell to contend with, as it has been confirmed that the blockbuster is being rewritten from scratch, and its long touted 2018 release date has been delayed even further. Variety’s Justin Kroll was the first to report that ‘The Batman’ won’t be starting production until 2018, as he alleged that new director Matt Reeves is committed and contracted to working on ‘War For The Planet Of The Apes’ until June. Kroll then noted that this means casting on ‘The Batman’ won’t begin until July at the earliest, too.
Credit: Warner Bros. It’s official – ‘The Batman’ has found its director. Matt Reeves has officially closed a deal to direct ‘The Batman’ – the upcoming solo movie starring Ben Affleck as DC’s Dark Knight.
Credit: Warner Bros. In the latest rumour to suggest discontent at Warner Bros when it comes to its DC superhero films, it is being suggested that Ben Affleck no longer wants to play Batman. The news comes shortly after Affleck departed ‘The Batman’s directors chair not long before shooting was set to begin. ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ director Matt Reeves has been touted as his replacement.
It appears Warner Bros/DC have decided who will replace Ben Affleck in the director’s chair on ‘The Batman’ – and it’s Matt Reeves. Variety report that Reeves – director of ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ and its upcoming sequel ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ – has ‘committed’ to take the helm on the troubled but highly anticipated DCEU movie.
‘The Batman’ may be heading back to the drawing board. After the high-profile exit of Ben Affleck as director of ‘The Batman’ it looks as though Warner Bros. is forced to rethink its strategy… and may be starting from scratch.
Kathryn Bigelow (left) and David Fincher (right) either side of a picture of Ben Affleck as Batman in this year’s ‘Justice League’. Ben Affleck will no longer direct himself in the next solo Batman film, after deciding to step down following discussions with Warner Bros. He will however, still produce the film. Called ‘The Batman’, the film will be the first standalone Batman story in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) after Affleck’s version of the character debuted in ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ last year and appeared briefly in ‘Suicide Squad’.
“Batman v Superman” was a complete mess. Then “Suicide Squad,” five months later, managed to redefine what “mess” even means with its endless array of bizarre trailer montages after allegedly being taken away from director David Ayer and completely reworked in the editing room.
Every time Ben Affleck is interviewed he’s asked about ‘The Batman’. During his recent chat on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Ben Affleck once again provided an update on his planned solo adventure as the Caped Crusader, remarking, “I’m the gonna direct the next Batman. Ben Affleck then admitted that while he completely understands why people are so eager for updates on ‘The Batman’, he finds it increasingly frustrating that he has to repeatedly play down when it is going into production and might be released.
‘The Batman’ may not be here as soon as we hoped. The Dark Knight is dragging his feet – Credit: Warner Bros. According to fan site Batman on Film, a source close to production has revealed that the upcoming ‘Batman’ solo film has been pushed back by as much as ‘a couple of months’.
Though he told Variety just two weeks ago that “everything is coming together” for the production of “The Batman,” a standalone film that he would direct and star in, in his latest interview didn’t sound so optimistic. When he spoke to Variety at a New York screening of his new film “Live By Night,” he said,... Read more »