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So is Afleck in or fucking out. I'm so sick of the fucking drama and misinformation surrounding this film
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Ben is in, Reeves cleared it up
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This going back and forth nonsense

New Report Once Again Points To THE BATMAN Being A Standalone Movie Minus Ben Affleck

It's been denied by a number of people involved with the film but a new report from reliable sources claims that Matt Reeves' The Batman will indeed be a standalone movie which doesn't star Ben Affleck...



Does thinking about The Batman give you a headache? For months now we've been hearing conflicting reports about the movie and it's become clear recently that it's a long way off from becoming a reality. While it's been claimed that it's going to take place in the DC Extended Universe and star Ben Affleck, a new story from The Hollywood Reporter claims the plan is indeed for it be a standalone movie.

Talking about Warner Bros.' plans for future DC Comics adaptations, the trade says they will "have non-traditional takes on the heroes and villains of DC" and "War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves is developing a Batman stand alone that, according to sources, will not star Ben Affleck, who plays the caped crusader in the DC Universe movies." So, is Justice League the end for Batfleck?

We still don't know but the entire situation remains as muddy as ever and while Reeves took to Twitter to clarify old comments about his Batman movie being standalone, no one from the studio has offered anything official and Affleck continues making vague promises about remaining the Caped Crusader for as long as Warner Bros. will have him. Unfortunately, it seems we're stuck waiting and seeing!

On another note, it's also mentioned that studio execs are well aware that these standalone movies could confuse audiences but it seems they're still intent on moving forward regardless. Thoughts?
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Ben Affleck Hints That He May Soon Be Done With Batman


Ben Affleck's role as Batman has become the big 'Will he, won't he' of the DC Films Universe, with a lot of back and forth in speculation over the last year.


However, just as the Justice League star has once again started to convince fans that he was still very much into his Batman role, he may have indicated in a recent interview that he's actually looking towards an imminent end to his role as Bruce Wayne / Batman.
In an interview with ExtraTV during the Justice League press junket, Affleck stated "I don't know about that," when asked if he will build on his Batman v Superman, Suicide Squad, an Justice League appearances with two more appearances, for a total of five outings as Batman. The actor added "We'll see what he future holds," which is exactly where many insiders are speculating things stand at this point.


It's been no secret that Affleck has had a tough run as Batman, both on camera and off camera. On camera, the actor become a meme joke after the poor reception of Batman v Superman; off camera, Affleck has had a string of very public stumbles, from a separation from wife Jennifer Garner, to a more recent sexual harassment scandal - not to mention the constant barrage of Batman-related question that visibly wore the actor down. That's all to say: it's not surprising that he might want to leave the role behind, sooner before later.
In terms of the DC Films Universe storyline, there's a nice opportunity for Affleck's Bruce Wayne / Batman to either step back or be eliminated after Justice Legue, allowing a new DC character to inherit the mantle during Matt Reeves' The Batman solo movie. For more about that, check out the link below:
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Ben Affleck Is Already Considering His Batman Exit


Justice League star Ben Affleck has confirmed that he’s already considering how to exit his role as Batman in the DC Extended Universe films.




In an interview with USA Today, the subject of the upcoming Batman movie being developed by Matt Reeves came up. Affleck was, at one point, attached to direct the film, but now he says his own involvement is “something I’m contemplating.”
“You don’t do it forever, so I want to find a graceful and cool way to segue out of it,” Affleck
These comments would seem to contradict some of what Affleck said about his commitment to the role at Comic-Con International: San Diego earlier this year.
"Batman is the coolest f*cking part in any universe – DC, Marvel – it's incredible, and I'm so thrilled to do it,” Affleck said during a panel at Hall H. “I know there's this misconception that because I didn't direct it I wasn't enthusiastic about it; it's f*cking amazing... and with Matt Reeves doing it, it's like I'd be a f*cking ape on the ground for Matt Reeves – nevermind being Batman! It's incredible! So I'm really blown away and excited and it's a great time in the DC Universe. You're going to see some stuff from Justice League that we're really really proud of, and I'll think you'll see why I'm really excited to be Batman."
While his involvement in the future of the DC Extended Universe is unclear, Affleck remains enthusiastic about what he sees the timely release of Justice League into theaters this weekend.
“We certainly are in need of heroes in 2017,” Affleck says. “There’s a lot of stuff going on in the world, from natural to man-made disasters, and it’s really scary. Part of the appeal of this genre is wish fulfillment: Wouldn’t it be nice if there was somebody who can save us from all this, save us from ourselves, save us from the consequences of our actions and save us from people who are evil?”
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Ben Affleck Is "Contemplating" Matt Reeves' THE BATMAN But Is Looking For A Way To Segue Out Of The Role

Bad news for those of you looking forward to The Batman as Ben Affleck has once again cast doubt on the possibility that he will take on the role of the Dark Knight following Justice League's release...





During the recent press junket for Justice League, most journalists appeared to avoid asking Ben Affleck about his future as Batman (probably because they were told not to). USA Today, however, did push the actor for details on what comes next for him as the Caped Crusader and it appears as if he's still mulling over whether or not to don the cape and cowl for The Batman from director Matt Reeves.

According to the site, Affleck said that the standalone movie is "something I’m contemplating," a sign perhaps that he's yet to sign up to star in the DC Comics adaptation he was set to write and direct.

If Justice League is a hit, he might just change his mind, but the actor definitely sounds like he's ready to move on from the role. "You don’t do it forever, so I want to find a graceful and cool way to segue out of it." Well, on the plus side, it sounds like Affleck won't just ditch the character after Justice League! His tenure does appear to be nearing its end, though, and that's obviously a real shame!

At least he sounds excited about this superhero ensemble as he went on to explain why the movie is coming at a good time. "We certainly are in need of heroes in 2017. There’s a lot of stuff going on in the world, from natural to man-made disasters, and it’s really scary. Part of the appeal of this is wishfulfillment: Wouldn’t it be nice if there was somebody who can save us from all this, save us from ourselves, save us from the consequences of our actions and save us from people who are evil?"
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If Ben Affleck Is Out As Matt Reeves' THE BATMAN, How Should Warner Bros. Replace Him?

During the Justice League press tour, Ben Affleck has suggested that he's looking into how he'll end his time as Batman. If he plans on leaving the role soon, here's how Warner Bros. could replace him...





Following Ben Affleck’s recent comments about wanting to find a “graceful and cool way” to leave the role of Batman, it’s clear that Warner Bros. needs a plan to replace him.

There are a few different options here, with recasting being the most obvious. This of course has been done before in the Batman franchise, as in the 1990s we saw Michael Keaton leave the franchise only to be replaced by Val Kilmer, who in turn was replaced by George Clooney.

However, there is a key difference between the DCEU and the Tim Burton/Joel Schumacher Batman films, and that’s the continuity. The nineties Batman movies were pretty loosely tied together, while DC is currently trying to make most of their movies feel like they happened in the same universe.

Despite this, recasting isn’t out of the question, since similar situations have unfolded in MCU with Bruce Banner and Jim Rhodes. There are also a number of other actors who could expertly portray Bruce Wayne.




There’s Jon Hamm, who has been linked to the role in the past. There’s also Josh Brolin, who is already involved in every other superhero franchise, so what’s one more?

But based on what Affleck has said, it looks like Warner Bros. are looking into taking a different direction. Affleck says he wants his exit to be graceful and cool, and a jarring recasting doesn’t fit that description.

While the DCEU could take a sharp turn away from the Batman character and kill him off, this doesn’t really make sense considering the fact that Warner Bros. is planning on releasing several movies featuring Batman side characters. It would be a very strange decision to kill Batman while simultaneously developing solo movies for Batgirl and Nightwing.

A lot of the DCEU’s future seems to rely on the Bat Family, so someone is going to have to don the cape and cowl. Since we’ve already seen five versions of Bruce Wayne on the big screen (more if you count serials, animations and the 1960s movie), maybe it’s time for a different character to take on the mantle of the bat?

Several other characters have become Batman throughout the long history of DC Comics, including several Robins like Tim Drake, Damian Wayne, Jason Todd and Dick Grayson.

By having a non-Bruce Batman, the DCEU would be bringing something new to the franchise, and would be giving filmmakers a chance to enter uncharted territory with the character.

However, Warner Bros. might be a bit hesitant to invest in a new Batman series with someone other than Bruce behind the mask. While the Batman brand is probably strong enough for the franchise to succeed without Bruce, it’s still a gamble.

Also, properly transitioning from one Batman to another would take a lot of cooperation from Ben Affleck. It would be nice to see him stick around for at least one more movie where he would pass the torch to Robin. While we know at least one Robin exists in the DCEU, we haven’t seen anything but his vandalized suit.



This is why it’s important to have at least one movie establishing the bond between Batman and Robin before Bruce retires. Seeing Bruce Wayne pass on the mantle of the bat should be an emotionally satisfying experience for the audience, so it’s important that the DCEU gets this right. Since this series has drawn criticism in the past for poorly handling emotional moments, they should ensure that the introduction of a new Batman doesn’t feel forced.

This all comes down to whether or not Affleck is actually sick of playing Batman. If he wants out right away, the resulting transition might feel hollow and rushed. But if he really wants to find a “graceful and cool way” to leave the role, he’s going to have to stick around a little while longer.
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'The Batman' Director Matt Reeves Rumored to Have Someone in Mind If Ben Affleck Walks Away



Rumors that Ben Affleck will exit the DC Extended Universe as Batman have been rampant in recent months with and now, with Justice League just a few days away, a new rumor says a replacement for Affleck is already being considered.
On a recent episode of his YouTube show, John Campea revealed that he has heard from Hollywood insiders that The Batman director Matt Reeves already has a replacement in mind that he is prepared to call in for the role should Affleck depart.
"I'm hesitant to say anything, but I talked to a Hollywood producer yesterday and they gave me the name of who Matt Reeves wants [to replace Affleck] as Batman," Campea said. "And, I've got to be honest with you, that name caught me a little bit by surprise. I called somebody else later in the day, saying 'hey, I heard this, is there any validity to this?' And they said 'well, Matt does want him.' But, that doesn't mean it's going to happen. There's been no movement or anything like that."
While there has been no official word that Affleck is departing the Batman role, even Affleck himself has admitted that he's already considering how to hang up his cowl. In a recent interview ahead of Justice League, Affleck said he was contemplating how it would end, noting that playing Batman is something he can't do forever.
If Batman is recast for Reeves' The Batman, though, it wouldn't be the first time actors changed within the same cinematic universe. In 1995, Val Kilmer replaced Michael Keaton's Batman in Batman Forever while George Clooney then replaced Kilmer in 1998 for Batman & Robin. However, despite the DCEU having the upcoming Flashpoint movie to use as a way to address a potential casting change, Campea didn't think that any recast would even be acknowledged.
"I think it's going to be a pure recast," he said. "I don't think they're going to do anything terribly convoluted with Flashpoint."
While it's interesting to speculate who Reeves might have in mind to play Batman should Affleck, for now Affleck is Batman in the DCEU and fans will get to see him in action this week.
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DCEU Producer: Ben Affleck ‘Planning’ To Star in The Batman






According to Justice League producer Charles Roven, Ben Affleck is “certainly planning” on starring in filmmaker solo Batman movie right now.
Justice League is Affleck’s third time portraying the Dark Knight – he also starred in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and cameoed in Suicide Squad – and the actor’s comments during the film’s press tour have only added fuel to the fire that his departure is imminent. Affleck was originally slated to write, direct, and star in a solo Batman film, but he stepped down from the writing and directing duties after a long pre-production process. War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves took the directorial reins from there, based on the initial assumption that Affleck would still star.



Roven is attempting to keep that assumption afloat. In an interview with CBM, Roven says he believes Affleck intends to portray the Caped Crusader for Reeves:





“I’m not producing that movie, Matt Reeves is working on that, but I do work with Ben, so I know that he’s certainly planning on starring in that film, but I don’t know what the script is. I’m not producing that movie, so I’m probably the wrong guy to ask.”
That’s not exactly a confident endorsement from Roven, and will likely do little to stop speculation over Affleck’s future in the role of the Caped Crusader – all the more so, considering that Affleck himself has said that he’s still mulling whether or not he’ll star in Reeves movie and is already thinking about his exit from the DC cinematic franchise.
If Affleck does indeed move on after Justice League, there are apparently plans in place, as Matt Reeves reportedly has another actor in mind for the new Batman. There’s a long tradition of recasting the character, even within the same continuity; Val Kilmer and George Clooney were ostensibly playing the same version of the character originated by Michael Keaton in Tim Burton’s Batman. While he debuted in the divisive Batman V Superman, Affleck’s Batman has proved popular with many fans, and his departing after such a short tenure – and before he even gets a solo adventure – would feel like a missed opportunity. However, these shared universes are bigger than any one actor, and Batman is in many ways the centerpiece of DC’s universe.
Put simply: there’s no way the DC movie universe is going to go Batman-free for any significant amount of time, Affleck or not. Fingers crossed, a firm update on the situation will be arriving sooner, rather than later.
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'The Batman' Director Rumored to Want Jake Gyllenhaal if Ben Affleck Exits





After Justice League, the future of Ben Affleck's Batman is looming question hanging over the DC Films Universe. Despite Affleck's impassioned declarations of love for playing Batman while on stage at San Diego Comic Con 2017, there's been growing evidence that the actor will soon be walking away from the role.
Rumor got a little closer to becoming fact just yesterday, when The Batman director Matt Reeves ominously revealed he already has a replacement for Affleck in mind! Now we may know who that replacement could be: Jake Gyllenhaal.
John Campea dropped the rumor on his John Campea Show on YouTube, as part of his report on how Affleck has been done with Batman since all the way back in February, when rumors of the star's departure started to circulate.
As for how Gyllenhaal would be brought in: According to Campea, there are two options being considered:
  1. To set Matt Reeves' Batman movie outside of the DCEU shared universe (as another one of DC Films' standalone movies, like upcoming Joker origin film).
  2. To set events of The Batman earlier on in Batman's career, before the events of Batman v Superman.
As is pointed out in the report, Gyllenhaal is about to turn 37 in December. Compared to Ben Affleck's current age of 45, it's enough age gap to revisit an earlier point in Batman's twenty-year career before BvS and convincingly make the switch. In some ways, it would be easier than trying to use a similar approach with Affleck himself.
Nonetheless, this would still be a major juggling act for Warner Bros. and DC Films to pull off. It definitely helps that Gyllenhaal has been an actor on fans Batman wish-lists for quite some time. We'll see what develops after Justice League has had its theatrical run.
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Conflicting Reports Continue To Emerge About Ben Affleck Returning To Play BATMAN - Here's The Latest

Many seem to think that it's only a matter of time before we get official word that Ben Affleck has decided to hang up the cape 'n cowl, but Justice League producer Charles Roven feels differently...





For many, it's a forgone conclusion that Justice League indeed will be Ben Affleck's final time playing Batman in The DCEU. Given everything we've seen and heard recently, it does seem like a fairly safe assumption - but are we jumping the gun?

Affleck himself doesn't seem particularly enthusiastic about returning, and the recent rumor that director Matt Reeves might already have a replacement lined up in Jake Gyllenhaal has gained some momentum - however, conflicting reports do continue to emerge.

Here are the latest updates on the situation. Remember, nothing here should be taken without that ever-ready grain of salt until we hear something official.

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Matt Reeves Doesn't Actually Want Affleck As The Batman?



ScreenRant editor Rob Keyes reckons Matt Reeves doesn't actually want Affleck to play The Dark Knight in his planned solo film, which is tentatively titled The Batman.

In a Tweet, Keyes states that the initial reports that Affleck was going to depart the role were not "just rumors or speculation", and a new actor is being sought to step in.

Keyes seems very confident, but this conflicts with an update from someone that should have first-hand knowledge of the situation.

Justice League Producer Charles Roven Tells A Different Story



During an interview with CBR, Justice League producer Charles Roven offers a more positive assessment of the situation - though he does caution that he's not actually producing Reeves' movie, and is probably the "wrong guy to ask."

“Matt Reeves is working on that, but I do work with Ben, so I know that he’s certainly planning on starring in that film, but I don’t know what the script is.”

Affleck planning to stay on as Batman but the powers that be wanting him out is something that we haven't actually considered, but it might make sense given this final report.

Gyllenhaal Has Met About The Role - But It's Far From A Done Deal



Finally, we have an update from Collider's Steve Weintraub, who has done some digging and corroborates at least some of the earlier rumors.

According to him, Jake Gyllenhaal has indeed met about stepping into the Batman role, but Reeves is also meeting with other actors.

This may seem like confirmation that Affleck is out, but it sounds like nothing is set in stone, and this may all simply be a back-up plan should the Academy Award-winner decide to hang up the cowl.

What do you make of these latest updates? Are you fully expecting an offcial announcement that Affleck has departed the role any day now, or do you have faith that he'll be back? Sound off below.
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Earlier today, a rumor surfaced that The Batman director Matt Reeves wants Jake Gyllenhaal to play the Caped Crusader. Collider.com's Editor-in-chief Steve Weintraub did some digging, and while he confirmed that Reeves and Gyllenhaal had a meeting, Reeves has also met with a few other actors as well. As you can see in the video above, Steve points out that Warner Bros. doesn't even have a shortlist of actors for The Batman. What this means is that nothing is set in stone, and while some may see this as confirmation that Affleck is on his way out, that would be jumping the gun. The important thing to know right now with regards to casting on The Batman and future DCEU movies is that Warner Bros. is being very cautious. They previously put the cart before the horse years back when they announced a slew of DCEU movies and then those films didn’t come together. Now they’ve pumped their brakes and you can see that in their slate. The only movies that have any momentum are the ones that are pretty much outside the bounds of Justice League.

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Matt Reeves’ Batman Rumor: It’s Not A Prequel Or Reboot




Matt Reeves isn’t looking to reboot or do a prequel with The Batman based on a new rumor. The big screen future of Batman has been a hot topic of conversation since the beginning of the year when Ben Affleck was announced to no longer be the director of The Batman. His decision left the job vacant and Warner Bros. eventually named War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves as the replacement. The addition of Reeves not only took directing pressure off of the actor, but also saw the removal of Affleck’s script. As if that wasn’t enough, reports then started to surface that he wanted out of the cowl altogether.
Various rumors have continued to pop up since, but this past week saw them reignited with reports Reeves already met with a potential replacement. It was later revealed that one of the possible contenders for Batman is Jake Gyllenhaal, and that also brought back questions of what Reeves’ take for Batman is. He’s reportedly looking for a trilogy, and now a rumor claims it’ll continue along with the current DC Films continuity.





El Fanboy reports some potential new details on Reeves’ vision for The Batman, stating it won’t be a prequel or a reboot. Instead, Reeves (and whoever is playing the world’s greatest detective) will follow the events of Justice League and exist in this continuity. The further details operate under the same belief that Gyllenhaal will take on the role if Affleck leaves, but since Gyllenhaal is younger, the focus on this Batman being older will be lessened. Additionally, this rumor states Reeves’ vision will feel like a crime film and be influenced by “deep Batman mythos.”\


This is just a rumor for now, so take these details with some grains of salt. If these details do prove to be true however, it will make for a rather interesting development. Many thought that the best way to move forward with the DC universe without Affleck would be as a prequel series to Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice or by having someone other than Bruce Wayne be the Dark Knight. With Reeves wanting to continue to tell Batman’s story in a post-Justice League world, this will be a straight re-cast situation if Affleck decides to move on.
Affleck was recently quoted as saying The Batman is a movie he is contemplating doing, even though it was thought he still has one film left on his deal. If Reeves is set on a Bruce Wayne as Batman trilogy, then it would appear Affleck isn’t just deciding if he’ll play the character one more time, but rather three more times (at least) for the next several years. All evidence points to Affleck walking at this point, and someone else – possibly Gyllenhaal – helping carry the DC universe forward. If this is the path The Batman and the DC universe as a whole goes, the hope will be that audiences quickly accept someone other than Affleck in the role.
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Ben Affleck Not Expected To Return As BATMAN For Matt Reeves' Movie, But May Appear In FLASHPOINT

It looks like we may finally have some solid information about the current status of Ben Affleck's Batman in The DCEU, as a new report indicates that the actor has (all-but) hung up the cape 'n cowl...




Buried in Variety's report on the upcoming shakeup at Warner Bros. is an update on Ben Affleck's status as The Dark Knight in the DCEU, and it's not looking good for those that hoped to see him reprise the role for Matt Reeves' The Batman.

According to the trade, it is now "highly unlikely" that Affleck will return as Bruce Wayne/Batman for Reeves' film - however, he is expected to play the iconic DC hero one more time for the planned Flashpoint movie.


Though there have been conflicting reports about this whole situation for quite some time, this won't come as too big a surprise to many, as Affleck himself indicated that he was planning to hang up the cowl while doing the press rounds for Justice League. At any rate, even if he did want to return, Reeves reportedly wants to "cast the role with fresh talent."

We recently found out that Jake Gyllenhaal might be in the running to replace Affleck, and now Radar Online reckons Jon Hamm would like a crack at the Bat, and is said to be "desperate for the gig." Probably best not to put too much stock in that for the time being, though.
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Jon Hamm Reportedly Wants to Steal Ben Affleck's Batman Role









Will Ben Affleck continue to play the Caped Crusader for DC films? Not if Jon Hamm has anything to say about it.
According to Radar Online, a source close to the production of Matt Reeves' solo Batman film, Hamm is trying whatever he can to takeover Affleck's role.
"Jon's gunning hard for the role," the source claimed.
This may be hard for some to believe, given the fact that Hamm and Affleck have been good friends for quite some time. The two became lose after working starring together in the Affleck-directed 2010 film, The Town, and they were drinking buddies until Hamm stepped away from alcohol in 2015. According to the source, the friendship is still strong, but that won't stop Hamm from getting what he wants.
"They've enjoyed working together and have been on good terms ever since." The source continued, "But Jon knows Ben has faced some criticism over Batman v Superman and Justice League, and frankly thinks he'd be better suited for the job. This is business for Jon, not personal."
The role is still in Affleck's hands for now, but rumors all over the industry have been suggesting that he's on the way out at some point in the near future.
"Of course, Ben's not officially out of the role yet," said the source. "But the writing's on the wall, and Jon's desperate for the gig – friend or not."
Could the Mad Men star actually make his way to Gotham City? Only Matt Reeves knows the answer to that question.
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Jon Hamm Is the Batman We Need (If Not the One We Deserve)




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Ben Affleck currently plays perhaps the most popular comic book character of all time, Batman. Ever since his introduction to the DC Extended Universe in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, fans have praised his performance as an old, grizzly version of the Dark Knight. Unfortunately, his involvement in Warner Bros.’ DC Comics Universe has been plagued with rumors that he’s leaving the role for what seems like years.
You’d think that the actor would be more than happy being able to portray Bruce Wayne in multiple movies; it provides a solid stream of work in huge blockbusters, and fans have already shown they approve of his involvement. There’s a chance, no matter how small, that Affleck signed on to the role due to the premise that he’d get to write, direct, and star in his own Batman flick, though that’s since broken down significantly. Matt Reeves is now developing his own take on the character for what’s believed to be a trilogy, and recent rumors suggest he’s looking to cast somebody else as the Caped Crusader.

With all this being said, fan-favorite actor Jon Hamm is said to be actively looking for a way into Reeves’ project. The Man Men actor has reportedly been “carefully courting” the director for a number of months now – and it seems like a perfect fit if the solo flick continue the character’s arc from Batman v Superman through to Justice League. Let’s take a look at why Jon Hamm is the perfect candidate to play the protector of Gotham!
The Willingness

First of all, it really helps if an actor is keen to take on a role. Their enthusiasm in playing the character will translate into how they tackle it on-screen, and it provides fans with some reassurance that their favorite hero is in good hands – this is even more important in a Cinematic Universe where actors return to roles a number of times. Affleck’s uncertainty and apparent lack of dedication has turned some fans cold on his inclusion in these movies, so Hamm having this level of drive to become Batman is a great start.
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Not once have other actors such as Henry Cavill and Gal Gadot, who play Superman and Wonder Woman respectively, had these same rumors surrounding them. This leaves us to think that it’s more than just a rumor whenever another report comes around saying Affleck’s days are numbered. So, when it’s revealed that “Jon knows Ben has faced some criticisms over Batman v Superman and Justice League” but still wants in on the franchise, then he must be serious about the role.
The Looks

It also helps that Hamm is basically the perfect Bruce Wayne in terms of appearance. Let’s be honest, he’s incredibly handsome. His rugged good looks means he can step into a room and his presence is immediately felt, and that’s exactly the same for Bruce. Just look at his initial meeting with Diana Prince and Clark Kent in Batman v Superman; they’re naturally drawn to him.
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While there’s not a specific look for somebody who’s incredibly successful, when Hamm dons a swarve suit it’s not difficult to believe that he owns a multi-billion dollar company in Wayne Enterprises. Believing in the character you’re seeing on the big screen is a huge deal.
Not only that, but if Hamm was to straight-up replace Affleck as Batman then it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch, as Hamm is only one year old than his predecessor and has a similar build – it wouldn’t feel as if we’re watching the same character in two different moments in time. Instead, it would feel like a natural continuation of the character, just merely with another actor. This has proven to work in the past, just look at Don Cheadle replacing Terrence Howard as James Rhodes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe!
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JUSTICE LEAGUE's Ben Affleck Still Wants To Direct A BATMAN Movie; May Be Evaluating A Return To The Role

Recent reports indicated that Ben Affleck would not be reprising the role of Batman for Matt Reeves' solo film, but the actor suggested that he's still weighing it up during a new interview. Take a look...




We still don't know for sure if Ben Affleck will don the cape 'n cowl again, but the most recent report on the situation definitely seemed to indicate that he would not be playing the iconic DC hero in Matt Reeves' The Batman, at any rate.


For his part, Affleck was typically vague when asked whether he'd be back as The Bat in an interview with Daily Sabah - however, he did seem to suggest that he'd be open to returning if he found the script up to snuff.
“For me, it’s interesting, and I always evaluate this stuff on the merit of the material. I want to direct a Batman movie, and I never got a script that I was happy with, so they are starting over and writing another script. And right now, I think a lot of different possibilities I think for the way the DC Universe could go, and I will just follow my interests in pursing that. And I know that I love working with this group of people, and it was a real joy for me to make this movie.”
So, Affleck decided not to helm The Batman because he didn't like the script? Unless he was taken up wrong during the interview, that certainly seems to be the case.


Hopefully we'll get some kind of official announcemnet on Affleck's tenure as The Dark Knight soon, but in the meantime, let us know what you think of these latest comments in the usual place.
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Matt Reeves Has the Story Worked out for His Batman Movie







The Batman director Matt Reeves has provided a small update on the status of the film.

Speaking on Jeff Goldsmith's podcast The Q&A, Reeves said, "I am outlining, I have the story worked out and I am outlining."




That isn't a huge update, but it gives fans some idea of what state the next Batman movie is currently in.
Warner Bros. announced a solo Batman movie starring Ben Affleck in 2014. That was two years before the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Affleck was also attached to produce, direct, and write The Batman. Deathstroke was to be the villain. Production would begin in early 2017.


Sometime after the release of Batman v Superman, the project took a turn. The script was in flux and Affleck began hedging on whether he would direct. Eventually, he officially dropped out as director.
Warner Bros. hired Matt Reeves to replace Affleck as director. Reeves is also rewriting the script. He had hoped the film would be in production by early 2018, but that is not the case.



There are rumors that Affleck would like out of his role as Batman. There are rumors that Jon Hamm would like to replace Affleck. There are also rumors that Affleck will reprise the role in Flashpoint but not in The Batman. Whether these rumors will play out remains uncertain.
The last time Affleck spoke openly about the role he said, "For me, it's interesting, and I always evaluate this stuff on the merit of the material. I want to direct a Batman movie, and I never got a script that I was happy with, so they are starting over and writing another script. And right now, I think a lot of different possibilities I think for the way the DC Universe could go, and I will just follow my interests in pursuing that. And I know that I love working with this group of people, and it was a real joy for me to make this movie."
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Rumor: 'The Batman' Not in Continuity, Ben Affleck May Appear in 'Flashpoint' or 'Suicide Squad 2'



It seems The Batman film might not be part of the DCEU at all.
The Batman solo film has been the subject of plentiful rumors, and the latest one implies that the film will not be connected to the cinematic continuity at all (via Batman-News). Now, this is just a rumor at the moment, but if true The Batman would join the Joker and Harley Elseworlds-like project that exists on its own.


If that pans out it would also mean director Matt Reeves would have the option to either use Ben Affleck as the Dark Knight or go a different route completely, though that doesn't necessarily mean he would switch who's under the cowl.
Even if he does, a second rumor suggests that Ben Affleck's Batman would have a send-off in either Suicide Squad 2 or Flashpoint. Suicide Squad 2 will start shooting in 2018, and is much more likely to happen than Flashpoint, though the rumor suggests that the latter of those actually has a part already defined for him.
Again, none of this is confirmed, but neither is outside the realm of possibility. Affleck has expressed nothing but excitement over working with Reeves on the Batman solo film, a project that Affleck was originally slated to direct. After stepping off the project as director (but staying on as its star), Reeves was brought in and decided to start from scratch.
Making the film stand on its own could free up Reeves to tackle any version of the Dark Knight he chooses, and that is a tempting offer for any director. You could also keep Affleck on and still reinvent the character, but he also might favor a clean slate as it were.
Right now it is unknown when fans will see Affleck again in the cape and cowl. Justice League 2 currently has no release date, and The Batman is also in flux. He could certainly show up in Aquaman or Wonder Woman 2 in a cameo fashion, but that remains to be seen.
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It seems The Batman film might not be part of the DCEU at all.
The Batman solo film has been the subject of plentiful rumors, and the latest one implies that the film will not be connected to the cinematic continuity at all (via Batman-News). Now, this is just a rumor at the moment, but if true The Batman would join the Joker and Harley Elseworlds-like project that exists on its own.


If that pans out it would also mean director Matt Reeves would have the option to either use Ben Affleck as the Dark Knight or go a different route completely, though that doesn't necessarily mean he would switch who's under the cowl.
Even if he does, a second rumor suggests that Ben Affleck's Batman would have a send-off in either Suicide Squad 2 or Flashpoint. Suicide Squad 2 will start shooting in 2018, and is much more likely to happen than Flashpoint, though the rumor suggests that the latter of those actually has a part already defined for him.
Again, none of this is confirmed, but neither is outside the realm of possibility. Affleck has expressed nothing but excitement over working with Reeves on the Batman solo film, a project that Affleck was originally slated to direct. After stepping off the project as director (but staying on as its star), Reeves was brought in and decided to start from scratch.
Making the film stand on its own could free up Reeves to tackle any version of the Dark Knight he chooses, and that is a tempting offer for any director. You could also keep Affleck on and still reinvent the character, but he also might favor a clean slate as it were.
Right now it is unknown when fans will see Affleck again in the cape and cowl. Justice League 2 currently has no release date, and The Batman is also in flux. He could certainly show up in Aquaman or Wonder Woman 2 in a cameo fashion, but that remains to be seen.
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RUMOR: BATMAN Role Is Jake Gyllenhaal's If Ben Affleck Walks; Matt Reeves' Film WILL Be Part Of The DCEU

Yes, we're still getting conflicting reports on this whole situation. Click on for the latest rumors relating to Ben Affleck's tenure as The Dark Knight and the status of Matt Reeves' solo Batman movie...




We're all sick of hearing about this now, but until Warner Bros. decides to make some sort of official statement on what the heck is going on with Matt Reeves' The Batman and Ben Affleck's future as the character, it's inevitable that the rumors will continue.


This latest one comes courtesy of Revenge of The Fans, and contradicts a recent report that Reeves' film will not be a part of the DC Films Universe. According to EIC Mario-Francisco Robles' studio sources, “Batman is DC proper. Reeves’ Batman is connected. Just its own story.”

Based on this and comments Reeves himself has made previoulsy, it seems The Batman will exist within the same continuity as Justice league and the other DCEU movies, but we shouldn't expect to see the likes of Wonder Woman and Aquaman drop by Wayne Manor for a cuppa.

We also have a (possible) update on Ben Affleck's tenure as the Caped Crusader. Apparently, WB has now "soured" on the actor as Batman and has stopped trying to convince him to stay in the cape n' cowl, but Affleck is still under contract. If, however, he does ultimately decide to walk away, a replacement is waiting in the wings.
“Gyllenhaal is probably Batman. Affleck is not out of it yet. That’s the thing, he still has a contract. But the studio is sour on him. If Ben rolls, Jake is in. Kind of a weird web. These guys both know they control each other’s destiny.”
Hopefully we'll get some solid answers on this Batman situation soon, but in the meantime, let us know what you make of these latest rumors in the comments below
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Rumor: Jake Gyllenhaal Is The Batman If Ben Affleck Leaves









According to a new rumor about The Batman, Warner Bros. has started to sour on Ben Affleck and the lead role is Jake Gyllenhaal’s to take if Affleck departs. The Caped Crusader’s future in the DC Extended Universe has been in a state of flux even before Justice Leagues mixed reception, with Affleck remaining non-committal to staying onboard. The actor has indicated he’s searching for a way to “segue out of it,” but producer Charles Roven is convinced he’ll reprise the role in director Matt Reeves’ film. Fans have been eager for some clarity on the situation, but unfortunately none is in sight.
Last month, word came out that Reeves would in fact recast Batman for his solo film, with Jon Hamm rumored to be taking over. However, that has not been officially confirmed, as The Batman is still without a finished script at this stage in its development. In the meantime, speculation continues to swirl, with the latest reports lending more credence to the notion Gyllenhaal will be the new onscreen Batman soon.

Per Revenge of the Fans, The Batman will be set in the larger DCEU (contrary to what some have said), and tell its own story that won’t have “many winks” to the franchise. The more interesting bit comes when their source offered an update on the possibility of Gyllenhaal signing on:
“Gyllenhaal is probably Batman. Affleck is not out of it yet. That’s the thing, he still has a contract. But the studio is sour on him. If Ben rolls, Jake is in. Kind of a weird web. These guys both know they control each other’s destiny.”







Fans should take this with a grain of salt for the time being, but it’s worth mentioning Gyllenhaal has been Affleck’s speculated replacement since November. It isn’t surprising his name is popping up again. What is a little strange is the idea WB has soured on Affleck. While some of the higher ups might be growing wary of his reluctance to be locked in for the longterm, the studio has maintained a healthy relationship with Affleck for a good stretch of his career. As a director, Affleck has called WB home for over a decade, releasing acclaimed dramas like The Town and Best Picture winner Argo. If he leaves the Batman role, odds are the split will be amicable so the two sides can continue their partnership with whatever endeavors Affleck chooses to pursue.
As for Gyllenhaal, he would be an intriguing pick if this were to pan out. He’s shown an interest in superheroes before, as he was in the running for Batman Begins and Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 (when Tobey Maguire’s back issues were a problem). Over the course of his career, Gyllenhaal has proven to be an exceptional actor, with the ability to transform into roles with supreme commitment (see: Nightcrawler). The Oscar-nominee is also no stranger to altering his physical appearance for a movie, so he wouldn’t have any trouble getting into Batman shape if DC came calling. Time will tell what will happen, but Gyllenhaal would be a valued addition to any big-budget franchise.
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NEW AFFLECK RUMOR FURTHERS SPECULATION HE’S DONE WITH BATMAN ROLE



How long will Ben Affleck continue playing Batman? According to a new rumor, not very long.

Playing the Caped Crusader in cinema has never been much of a long-term role, with Christian Bale the first actor to ever play Bruce Wayne in more than two big-screen outings, however, you can’t help but feel like there is more of Batfleck to explore. After the controversial Batman v Superman, Affleck returned for a brief cameo in Suicide Squad and was supposed to lead Justice League. That being said, with all those movies falling below critical expectations, it has led fandom and the actor himself to question his place in the DCEU.


Related: Justice League Offers a Solution to the DCEU’s Batfleck Dilemma

The 45-year-old was famously set to direct and star in The Batman, but stepping down to let Matt Reeves take the reigns, even Affleck’s performance as the movie’s titular character was thrown into question. Even after Justice League‘s box office performance, it looks like Affleck will put on the cape and cowl for The Batman, but a report from Revenge of the Fans claims that he won’t fully commit to the rest of his time in the DCEU — citing that it “is not what he thought it would be.” The anonymous Warner Bros. source says the following:


“The present Batman is still Affleck. A change in cowl will not happen publicly until Ben is officially gone, and he is currently The Batman. But like we have said, it’s a negotiation thing right now. Not money, but appearances and creative. Ben isn’t wanting to vacate, but not wanting to commit fully.”


There was much hype surrounding Affleck’s casting as the next iteration of Batman after the lauded Christopher Nolan years, and perhaps it is a case of too much pressure being put on one character. However, the site also says that execs are disappointed that the star “didn’t RDJ this thing”, a reference to Robert Downey Jr.’s acclaimed performance as Tony Stark and a major figurehead of Disney’s MCU.


While the DCEU still has a massive fanbase, its expansive plans to catch-up to the MCU have gone somewhat awry. Releasing Man of Steel in 2013, the dark tone of the DCEU has failed to reel in the massive box office takings that the House of Mouse has become accustomed to. Success stories like Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman have been largely overshadowed by disappointing reviews and behind-the-scenes drama with the likes of Zack Snyder and Affleck, leaving many of us waiting for another big movie to help redeem the franchise
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Matt Reeves Responds To Those "Rumors" He's Planning To Leave THE BATMAN

Yesterday, some rumours started doing the rounds that Matt Reeves is planning on walking away from troubled DC Comics adaptation and now the filmmaker has taken to social media to set the record straight.




During one of his recent YouTube videos, John Campea indicated that there's some bad DC news on the way. Fans quickly scrambled to try and figure out what that might be and the most logical conclusion was that writer and director Matt Reeves might walk away from The Batman. Hours later, The Wrap ran a story saying that wasn't the case, a pretty bizarre move considering the fact Campea never actually said that's what he was referring to (meaning the site made up a rumour in order to debunk it).

Well, that "rumour" has now been shrugged off by a far more reliable source in the form of Reeves himself. As you can see below, the filmmaker took to Twitter to respond to a fan and make it clear that he's fully committed to the DC Comics adaptation. It's been reported that Reeves is still working on the screenplay, so who knows how long it will be until he actually decides to step behind the camera!

Either way, it's definitely good to know that Reeves hasn't decided to leave the project, especially after we put up with Ben Affleck's seemingly endless promises that he was working on the movie only for him to then call it quits almost out of the blue. What form The Batman will take still remains to be seen but it's probably going to be with us in the next few years. Maybe we'll get some news at Comic-Con?

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When DC May Finally Start Filming Matt Reeves’ Batman Movie

Few DCEU solo movies have fans more excited than Matt Reeves' upcoming Batman film. The War for the Planet of the Apes director is hot off of the critical success of his latest franchise outing, and the inherent appeal of another Batman movie has piqued the interest of many fans. With that said, don't expect to see the solo Batman movie (a.k.a The Batman) debut on the big screen anytime soon, as it sounds like the film might not even begin production until sometime in 2019.

The solo Batman movie has been hit with delay after delay, evolving quite a bit since the original version of the film that Ben Affleck would've helmed. According to a new rumor reported by Heroic Hollywood, Matt Reeves is still lined up to direct the Batman movie, but it won't go into production until sometime in 2019. Depending on when in 2019 the film would enter production, this would seemingly suggest a 2020 or 2021 release window. This delay actually makes a certain degree of sense, as Reeves recently inked a deal to produce Life Sentence for Netflix, which would make his Batman movie challenging to turn around quickly.


One interesting thing to note about the solo Batman movie presumably debuting after Flashpoint is that it doesn't inherently guarantee that Ben Affleck will appear in Reeves' film. As many DC fans already know, Flashpoint is a time travel story, and its importance to the Batman mythos could potentially open up room for Ben Affleck to leave the role and make room for another actor to enter the equation. Some rumors have posited that Matt Reeves is looking to replace Affleck with actors like Nightcrawler actor Jake Gyllenhaal or Baby Driver's Jon Hamm, but as of right now, no major decisions have been made public.


DC is not hurting for projects to put in development at this stage of the game. Warner Bros. has already begun production on David F. Sandberg's Shazam!, with Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman 2 expected to come next, and Todd Philips' Joker origin movie expected to follow suit after that. The DC slate is continuously changing as new additions are made, and old projects are cycled out, but this seems to be the tentative schedule that we have to work with right now.

Only time will tell if the DCEU's Bruce Wayne will don the cape and cowl again in 2019. Until we learn more, Bat-fans can stay tuned for more updates related to the solo Batman movie and check out our 2018 movie premiere guide. As for 2018's DC release, keep an eye out for James Wan's Aquaman, which will hit theaters later this year on December 21.
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