Ben Affleck has decided not to direct The Batman movie, but is still attached as a writer, producer, and star. On today’s podcast, we give our reaction to this news, as well as the best and worst case scenarios for the future of Batman in the DCEU.
Ben Affleck will not direct The Batman – Variety
- Affleck’s official statement – “There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions. Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give. It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require. Together with the studio, I have decided to find a partner in a director who will collaborate with me on this massive film. I am still in this, and we are making it, but we are currently looking for a director. I remain extremely committed to this project, and look forward to bringing this to life for fans around the world.”
- WB’s official statement – “Warner Bros. fully supports Ben Affleck’s decision and remains committed to working with him to bring a standalone Batman picture to life”
- Mark Hughes Director Names – Matt Reeves, Gavin O’Connor, Denis Villeneuve, Matt Ross, and George Miller (he would add Kathryn Bigelow and Peter Berg)
- A 2018 release date seems “out of the question”
- Best Case Scenarios
- Worst Case Scenarios
- “Possible” Affleck could depart as actor, stay as writer/producer – Hughes
- Reduced Affleck involvement or removal?
- Could we see a recast or reboot eventually?
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