It looks like The Batman solo movie is back on track after a few bumpy weeks.
After the (not?) surprising announcement that Ben Affleck was stepping down as director, there were rumours that the movie would (obviously) be looking for a new director. However, concerningly, we were also hearing that Affleck was likely to step down from the role altogether and a new script was needed too.
At one point we were even hearing rumours that Armie Hammer, who has long been attached to Green Lantern, was actually set to play Bruce Wayne/Batman after Justice League. These reports claimed that the reason The Flash movie was being rewritten was to allow that movie to cover the Flashpoint story line wherein Flash alters the whole timeline of the DC Universe (the TV Series is currently covering this story) and this would result in Bruce Wayne looking like Hammer after it.
We’ll not lie, some of that actually makes sense.
However, it seems that there’s now a script that Ben Affleck and Warners are happy with – we assume it’s the one written by DC Films co-head and President/CCO of DC Entertainment Geoff Johns and Ben Affleck which was then given a rewrite by Argo and Batman V Superman scribe Chris Terrio – and now we even have a new director!
Yes, it looks like Matt Reeves is in final negotiations to direct the movie. Reeves has a really solid list of movies behind him, including Cloverfield, Dawn of The Planet of the Apes and the upcoming War For The Planet Of The Apes, so he’s definitely a solid choice for the gig.
We feel that as writer, producer and star of the movie, Affleck was right to step down. No comic book movie has been directed by the star to this point and, to be honest, it’s not hard to understand why. Playing Batman is a massive undertaking for an actor, especially one in his forties like Affleck – physically he needs to train around the clock to stay in the necessary condition. Add to this the acting and direction and we reckon it would be a safe bet the movie would have burned him out.
So, overall, while we were concerned when all the uncertainty was bouncing around, we’re confident this is still a movie that will deliver the goods… wether it delivers them in 2018 or 2019 is still the question though.
Either way, we’re still excited as heck for this one.
More as we get it and let us know, as always, what you think…