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Warner Bros. And Ben Affleck Reportedly "Very Happy" With THE BATMAN's Script

Despite some worrying reports about where things currently stand with The Batman, a far more reliable source has now weighed in and provided a much-need positive update on the current screenplay...


We recently learned that Chris Terrio rewrote Ben Affleck and Geoff Johns' The Batman screenplay, but a worrying report surfaced yesterday claiming that it was set to receive yet another rewrite which could essentially see it started over from scratch. Well, you can consider that pretty much debunked as it appears as if we may finally have some good news about the Dark Knight's next big screen outing!

Batman-News recently reached out to Variety reporter Justin Kroll, a very reliable source of information who is tuned into the movie biz in a far more significant way than anyone at Forbes and the site received a positive update about whether things stand with The Batman. In fact, both Affleck and President and Chief Content Officer Toby Emmerich are said to be "very happy" with the script.


Good news at last then, but with no director at the helm and some cast members scheduling other movies for the summer, it now appears as if we can forget The Batman shooting any sooner than the Fall. A 2018 release is still possible, but at this rate, we could very well be waiting until 2019...
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Deathstroke doesn't fight with a Katana though. It's more of an English style sword than Japanese.

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Deathstroke doesn't fight with a Katana though. It's more of an English style sword than Japanese.

Although some have him with more of a Ninjato

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on Arrow they used something like this iirc

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Yep, which is a completely different fighting style. A Katana is traditionally a two-handed weapon. They are not easily wielded with a single hand.
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yeah Arrow used the one above and a Katana (depending on different variables)

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then this came out 7 hours ago...
Ben Affleck's solo Batman film could be about to undergo a full rewrite

Bat to square one?











First Ben Affleck stepped down as director, then his Argo pal Chris Terrio stepped in to rewrite the script.
However, it now sounds like the story is getting a COMPLETE overhaul, with the very real possibility of everything going back to square one once the as-yet-unconfirmed new director comes on board and a new creative team is assembled.
As Forbes reports, The Batman could get "anything from 'major rewrites' to 'a completely new script'", though that will largely be down to how the new director feels.
It also looks like the movie may not now see the light of day until 2019, though that's not been confirmed.



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Affleck announced last month that he was stepping down from the director's chair, though he is still on board to play Bruce/Batman and is producing, adding that he remained "extremely committed" to the project.
"Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give," he said. "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."




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Among those reportedly in contention to take over as director are Matt Reeves (War of the Planet of the Apes) and Matt Ross (Captain Fantastic).
Gavin O'Connor (Warrior), Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Blade Runner 2049) and George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road) are also apparently in the running.
After the DC movie universe's false start with Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad, a lot is resting on Affleck's solo Batman outing.
We'll next see him in superhero team-up movie Justice League, which comes out in November.
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Planet of the Apes’ Helmer Matt Reeves To Direct ‘The Batman


War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves is in negotiations to direct The Batman starring Ben Affleck for Warner Bros. More details on The Batman director, after the jump.



THR says that other directors interested in the gig included Ridley Scott and Don’t Breathe director Fede Alvarez. Borys Kit says that Reeves had a job clinching meeting with the studio earlier today. But Warner Bros has chosen Matt Reeves, and unless something falls through in negotiations, Reeves will direct the next Batman movie.


The writing has been on the wall for a while now even if we chose to ignore it. Then it was revealed that Ben Affleck would not be directing the Batman solo movie, destroying most of my hope for the future of the DC movie universe. Who could possibly replace Ben Affleck as director of The Batman? Warner Bros already has a short list of directors that they are meeting for the project.

Matt Reeves is the director of The Pallbearer, Cloverfield, Let Me In and the two Planet of the Apes sequels, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes. He has a great eye for action and tone, with a knack for smartly grounding his blockbuster stories. War for the Planet of the Apes is currently deep in post-production and will hit theaters in July, so it’s unlikely Reeves would be available before then.

Another director who was suposedly in the running for the directing gig was Matt Ross , an actor (Face/Off, American Psycho) who has recently made waves as a director, having helmed the critically acclaimed 2016 film Captain Fantastic which debuted at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

To be honest, I was very excited to see a Ben Affleck-directed Batman movie, and I’m not sure there are many names that could equal the potential of what could have been. It seems unlikely that Warner Bros will hire an auteur director. Matt Reeves might be the closest thing to the level of that as he has proven he can produce artful smart films while working on big blockbuster films in the studio system.
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Well this is the newest rumor

Does Ben Affleck Want To Keep Playing Batman? Here’s The Latest








It's not exaggerating to say it's been an exhausting time for the DC Extended Universe's Batman movie. Following speculation about whether Ben Affleck would drop out of directing it, the actor announced at the end of January that he wouldn't helm the blockbuster. Since then, there have been conflicting reports about the state of the Batman movie's script, and Warner Bros has narrowed down its choices for a replacement director. Now there's word that Affleck may not even want to play the Caped Crusader anymore.





During today's episode of Collider Movie Talk, co-host John Campea mentioned that in the past four days, he's talked with three individuals who are connected in some way or another to "what's happening at Warner Bros." While urging those viewing to take this information with a "massive, massive" grain of salt, he stated the following:

They're telling me Ben Affleck, make no mistake, he does want out. He doesn't want to be Batman anymore...I have been told that Affleck is talking with Warner Bros in an attempt to get out of being Batman. And if they do not let him out of being Batman, that the standalone Batman film that ultimately happens will be the last time we see Affleck as Batman.
Before going further, it's important to mention that John Campea himself acknowledged that he's had bad luck in the past with "scoops," so he doesn't want the above information to be considered as such. So while the information certainly sounds shocking, don't take it to the bank quite yet. Nevertheless, the possibility of Affleck turning in the cape and cowl is something worth considering, and the idea has been floated around online over the last few weeks.


Assuming something this drastic went down, you can bet Warner Bros would immediately begin looking for another actor to play Batman. He's is too big a character to simply retire. Recasting is nothing new to the world of Batman, as the original Batman movie series saw three different actors playing the vigilante. It's not even new to superhero cinematic universes, because in the MCU, both War Machine and Hulk have been played by different actors.


However, this would be the first major recasting for the DCEU, and it would be their most popular superhero to boot. Make no mistake, Affleck leaving would be a major blow to this franchise, so if there's any truth to these claims, one would imagine Warner Bros would try their best to keep him on board. Of course, assuming Affleck sticks around for the Batman movie, he'll have played the character in four movies (five if the Wonder Woman rumors are true), so it's not like he was shortchanged with leaving his mark on the Dark Knight.


As it stands now, the solo Batman movie doesn't have a release date yet, though Matt Reeves is currently the frontrunner to be the new director. You can see Ben Affleck back as the Caped Crusader when Justice League is released on November 17.
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THE BATMAN Director Search Continues As Talks Break Down With Matt Reeves

Well, it sounds like The Batman is without a director again as it's being reported that War for the Planet of the Apes helmer Matt Reeves has ended negotiations with Warner Bros. Come take a look!


Last Friday, it was reported that Matt Reeves had entered early talks with Warner Bros. to take the helm of their upcoming The Batman solo feature, but now, just a week later, it appears as though Reeves has decided to bow out of consideration.

The Hollywood Reporter has received confirmation that Reeves has indeed exited negotiations, but their story also adds that there is still a small possibility that talks could eventually resume down the line when both sides have some time to cool down. However, there does seem to be a bit of a time constraint as the studio is apparently hellbent on making the movie much sooner rather than later, and they believe the Batman franchise is much bigger than just one individual - so it's a bit uncertain whether they'll actually wait on Reeves, who is currently deep in post-production on War for the Planet of the Apes.

The latest report doesn't mention any new contenders, but it has been rumored over the past few days that WB may soon turn to either Ridley Scott (The Martian) or Fede Alvarez (Don't Breathe) for the job.

This is now the second (potential) director to exit the project, after Ben Affleck, who recently opted against directing and will now only star in the Dark Knight's latest solo feature. It is also the fifth overall director to depart the DC Cinematic Universe, after Michelle MacLaren left Wonder Woman and both Seth Grahame-Smith & Rick Famuyiwa left The Flash.

As for why Reeves has decided to end negotiations, that's up in the air, but it does beg the question: could it have something to do with the rumors of Affleck possibly being done with the role of Batman? Only time will tell.

What do you guys think? Who would you like to see direct The Batman? Sound off with your thoughts below!
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Warner Bros. Officially Announces That Matt Reeves Will Direct THE BATMAN In Place Of Ben Affleck

Despite reports that negotiations between Warner Bros. and Matt Reeves had broken down, the studio has now confirmed that the War for the Planet of The Apes director will indeed helm The Batman...


After initially being named as the front-runner to replace Ben Affleck in The Batman director's chair, we had heard that talks had fallen through and Matt Reeves would no longer be taking the reigns of the Dark Knight's next solo adventure - however, Warner Bros. has now officially announced that the deal is done, and Reeves will helm the movie after all.

Here's what Reeves had to say in a statement:
“I have loved the Batman story since I was a child. He is such an iconic and compelling character, and one that resonates with me deeply. I am incredibly honored and excited to be working with Warner Bros. to bring an epic and emotional new take on the Caped Crusader to the big screen
Reeves is also on board as producer, and although the release makes no mention of Affleck, he is (apparently) still involved and will reprise the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman in the film.

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Is Nightwing Going to Appear in The Batman?




DC Films fans have a lot to be excited for today, as The Batman is back on track with an official new director, Matt Reeves, and now an announcement that a Nightwing movie is in development, under director Chris McKay. While there aren't any major details there just yet, the timing is fortuitous for sure.
So now the question becomes: will Nightwing debut first in The Batman? We haven't had any Robins in the new DC Films universe yet, aside from a dead one that's most likely Jason Todd. That makes the timing right for Dick Grayson, the first Robin, to have already graduated to Nightwing. While we don't have much confirmed about The Batman just yet, we know that at least one villain in the film will be none other than Slade Wilson, Deathstroke. Traditionally, he's had an even bigger rivalry in the comics (and even on the animated Teen Titans series) with Dick than with Bruce.
One of the things Geoff Johns, president and chief creative officer of DC Entertainment and co-head of DC Films preaches about the DC Universe is his love of "legacy" in that world. Giving us the introduction to Nightwing in the Batman movie gives us that legacy, and it gives a bigger sense of legitimacy to the character to average movie-going fans who might not know who Nightwing (or even Robin, believe it or not), are just yet.
The final piece of that puzzle that makes us think Nightwing will show up in The Batman before going to his own solo film, is that it sets up an actual legacy possibility. If Ben Affleck, as rumored, decides to call it a day as Batman after his initial contract of films is up (that means post-The Batman most likely), including Nightwing in that movie, then giving Nightwing a solo film, sets him up very nicely to don the cowl himself in a post-Batfleck world. It's not something necessary, and it's not something definite, but it's a great cover-your-butts move. If the worst that can happen is you wind up with a great Nightwing and a great Batman in one DC Films universe, then DC Films and fans both come out ahead
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Ben Affleck Confirms That He's Still THE BATMAN With A New Image Welcoming Matt Reeves As Director

Amid speculation that Ben Affleck may not be returning to play The Dark Knight in the next solo Batman movie, the actor has now taken to social media to silence the rumors for good! Take a look...


Oh ye of little faith! Following recent rumors that Ben Affleck may be looking for a way to leave the Caped Crusader role behind him after Justice League, the actor/director has 100% confirmed his involvement by sending out a Tweet welcoming Matt Reeves on board as his replacement in the director's chair of The Batman.

Though Affleck never gave any indication that he was done with the role, rumors arose that he might be thinking of throwing in the cowl after he stepped down as director, and speculation increased when his name wasn't mentioned in Warner Bros.' press release confirming Reeves as his replacement.



Though there was probably never any real danger of Affleck quitting (at least, not yet), it's nice to finally be able to put this to rest. You can check out his Tweet, along with what appears to be a new image from either Batman V Superman or Justice League, below.


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The Batman Director Matt Reeves Reportedly Has Creative Control (For Now)


The DC Extended Universe has been through a turbulent first phase of development, with films like Man of Steel, Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad all landing as divisive and highly contentious works. Ever since Batman v Superman we've been hearing rumor that there is a major turnaround happening at DC Films, which will presumably kick off with the release of Wonder Woman in June.
A recent issue of contention in the DCEU has been the upcoming release of The Batman, Ben Affleck's solo Batman film. After Ben Affleck dropped out, director Matt Reeves was brought in, only to also drop out, and then come back. Now Reeves is locked into The Batman as both director and producer - and word is, that he has also locked in creative control of the film.
Splash Report has an extensive breakdown of the DCEU production timeline, which it breaks out into two separate time periods: before Batman v Superman and after Batman v Superman. The basic gist is that at first, Warner Bros. planned to let directors like Zack Snyder make the films they wanted; but when Batman V Superman showed signs of trouble, the studio stepped in and took control of the picture, creating the hack-job theatrical cut fans know and tend to hate.
After BvS was ravaged by critics and half the base, Warner Bros. apparently decided to play a more active role in shaping the DCEU films, and that turbulence with the directors assigned to each picture resulted in public events like Flash director Rick Famuyiwa dropping out of the film - or events just "rumored" to have happened, like James Wan nearly dropping out of Aquaman. The supposed compromise has been Wan securing creative control on Aquaman, and Reeves being brought back into the fold after securing similar creative control of The Batman. The caveat in all this is that (as with BvS), the studio could always step in and take over control, if they don't like what they see from Reeves (and presumably Wan, as well).


Truthfully, if you've been following along with the DCEU, none of this should be a surprise. Even though most of this "analysis" is built on hearsay and rumor - it's not hard to believe, as Warner Bros.' DCEU has been showing signs of instability, all along the way. There are probably few fans who would look at the current state fo the DCEU and think, "Yeah, things feel like they're in a good place right now." There's been a glimmer of a more entertaining (and heroic) superhero adventure coming with Wonder Woman; but the verdict is still out on Zack Snyder's Justice League until we see that next trailer.
At the rate things have gone, any underperformance from either Wonder Woman and/or Justice League, could send the DCEU into another creative spin. Time sill tell, soon enough.
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The Batman Movie Update From Joe Manganiello Is Exactly What DC Fans Need To Hear








It has been a whirlwind start to the year for The Batman. Not only did it lose Ben Affleck as its director, who was duly replaced by Matt Reeves, but there were rumors that Ben Affleck might not even reprise his role as the Caped Crusader. These rumors have thankfully recently died down, while we're no closer to knowing when the film will actually go into production or be released. What we do know is that Joe Manganiello will be playing Deathstroke, and the actor has now looked to remind Batman fans that the film will only go into production when it's the perfect time.


Joe Manganiello made this declaration during a recent interview with Robert Irvine Magazine, insisting that while he'd originally been told that production on The Batman would begin in May he's more than happy for it to be pushed back so that they can work out any potential kinks before filming. He also insists that's the stance that Batman fans should take, because even though they're eager, it will work out better for everyone in the long run. Joe Manganiello explained,

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We've actually already had our very first look at Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke. That's because back when Ben Affleck was in place to oversee The Batman, he uploaded footage of the villain to Twitter to confirm that the Magic Mike XXL actor would be in the film.




Since Matt Reeves is now in charge, it's hard to know if Deathstroke will be exactly the same as the above, or if moderations have already been made. Either way, Matt Reeves, Ben Affleck, and Joe Manganiello will undoubtedly take as much time as they need to figure that out, and with so much riding on The Batman you can understand why.
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THE BATMAN Unlikely To Begin Production Until 2018; Ben Affleck Announces Rehab Stint For Alcohol Addiction

More news on the delayed production schedule of The Batman has been revealed now that Matt Reeves is at the helm has been revealed, while Ben Affleck has made an unexpected announcement on social media.




Ben Affleck recently stepped down as director of The Batman and after a lot of speculation about whether the movie would happen, War for the Planet of the Apes helmer Matt Reeves was announced as his replacement. Unfortunately, the troubled movie's production made the long rumoured Spring start date an impossibility and it's seemed unlikely for a while now that it would be released in 2018.

Now, comments from Variety reporter Justin Kroll have pretty much confirmed that we should forget about seeing The Batman reach the big screen next year (unless Warner Bros. tries to get it out in December and that would definitely be a push based on the information revealed below).

Meanwhile, Affleck took to Facebook a little earlier today to announce that he's recently completed a stint in rehab for alcohol addiction. Does this have something to do with why he decided not to direct The Batman? That's hard to say but given the many reports about his personal life in the media and the reception to Live by Night, you can understand why he felt he may have needed to focus on himself and get what sounds like some much-needed help. Here's the actor's statement in its entirety:
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Interestingly, Entertainment Weekly claims to have heard from a source who tells them that, "Affleck’s alcohol addiction treatment didn’t affect his involvement in The Batman, and he’s still working on the script for the planned sequel with D.C.’s chief creative officer Geoff Johns." What do you think?

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THE BATMAN Is Now Being Rewritten From Scratch; Will Deathstroke Be Dropped?

According to a new report, The Batman is being completely rewritten and that could mean we'll have to say goodbye to what little we know about the highly anticipated release. Hit the jump for the latest.


It was last night that we heard The Batman is unlikely to start shooting until next year, though it was also mentioned that Ben Affleck's recent treatment for alcohol addiction played no role in Matt Reeves taking over as director and that he's still working on the screenplay with Geoff Johns (which we've previously heard had been rewritten by Justice League scribe Chris Terrio).

Well, Slash Film has a slightly different take on the latter point as they've revealed that the screenplay for The Batman is now being rewritten completely from scratch as Matt Reeves looks to start over.
We can now report that there is more going behind-the-scenes as well. According to sources close to the production, the screenplay for The Batman is being rewritten from the ground up, so it’s entirely possible that everything we’ve heard about the film’s story will no longer be in play.
If this is down to Reeves coming in and wanting to put his own spin on things, that's no bad thing. However, if what little we know about the movie is being thrown out, that could mean we can forget about seeing Deathstroke. Camera tests have been done, but those were back when Affleck was at the helm, so the lesser known villain being replaced by a more familiar Batman rogue makes sense.
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WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES Producer Dylan Clark Might Be Joining Matt Reeves On THE BATMAN

Producer Dylan Clark has a close working relationship with Matt Reeves, and we're now hearing the producer could be joining his War for the Planet of the Apes director on WB's next solo Bat-flick...





Things seem to be progressing slowly (but surely) on Warner Bros.' next Batman movie.

It was recently announced that Matt Reeves would be taking the helm from Ben Affleck, and despite rumors that the actor was having second thoughts about returning as The Dark Knight after Justice League, we're hearing everything is still on track - even if we might have to wait a little longer to see the film than we originally thought.

Now, Deadline reports that the studio may have found another producer in Dylan Clark, who has worked with Reeves previously on Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes and the upcoming War For The Planet Of The Apes.

Nothing is set in stone yet, but should a deal be finalized, Clark would produce alongside Affleck and Geoff Johns.
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Matt Reeves Talks About His Childhood Batman Obsession


The Batman director Matt Reeves is opening up about his childhood obsession with DC Comics’ Dark Knight.
Reeves say that, along with Planet of the Apes, Batman was one of his biggest fan loves when he was young.
“It’s a strange thing to be involved in the two franchises which were the two that I was connected to most as a child,” Reeves tells Daily News. “I just was obsessed with Batman when I was a kid. What I find so interesting about him as a character is that, as far a superhero goes, he’s not superhuman, he is a person. And he is a tortured soul who is grappling with his past and trying to find a way to be in a world that has a lot that’s wrong with it and trying to find a way to reconcile all of that.”
Reeves goes on to say that Batman and Planet of the Apes are connected by the strength of their respective leads.
“[Batman] is a really powerful character, in the same way that Caesar is such a powerful character.”
The interview also mentions that Reeves has been busy with preparing War for the Planet of the Apes for release, and so hasn’t had time to solidify his approach to the character in The Batman. That should not be a problem though, as Batman has a prior engagement in Justice League.
The Batman currently has a 3.96 out of 5 ComicBook.com User Anticipation Rating, making it the tenth most anticipated upcoming comic book movie among ComicBook.com readers. Let us know how excited you are about The Batman by giving it your own rating below.
In Justice League, fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's (Henry Cavill) selfless act, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) enlists newfound ally Diana Prince to face an even greater threat. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to recruit a team to stand against this newly awakened enemy. Despite the formation of an unprecedented league of heroes -- Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash -- it may be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Justice League is directed by Zack Snyder, with a screenplay by Chris Terrio, from a story by Snyder and Terrio. Justice League stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams, Willem Dafoe, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, J. K. Simmons and Ciarán Hinds.
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THE BATMAN Director Matt Reeves Weighs In On His Longtime Obsession With The Dark Knight

We don't know a lot about what Matt Reeves will bring to the table with The Batman, but the filmmaker talks here about what appeals to him about a superhero he views as a "tortured soul."





The Los Angeles Daily News recently caught up with War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves to discuss the release of that movie, but talk inevitably turned to The Batman. After explaining that it's too soon to talk about his take on the character, the filmmaker shed some light on why he signed up to take the helm and you'll be glad to know that he's been a Batman fan since childhood.

"It’s a strange thing to be involved in the two franchises which were the two that I was connected to most as a child," the director told the site. "I just was obsessed with Batman when I was a kid. What I find so interesting about him as a character is that, as far a superhero goes, he’s not superhuman, he is a person. And he is a tortured soul who is grappling with his past and trying to find a way to be in a world that has a lot that’s wrong with it and trying to find a way to reconcile all of that."

"That is a really powerful character, in the same way that Caesar is such a powerful character."

We'll hopefully hear more from Reeves over the summer, but it's good to know that a fan of Batman is taking charge of this movie now Ben Affleck no longer wants to direct. What he'll bring to the table remains to be seen as it's possible that he's ditched Deathstroke and started totally from scratch.
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THE BATMAN: Did BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Star Josh Gad Just Tease A Role As The Penguin?

Frozen's Josh Gad is done interrogating Daisy Ridley about Star Wars: The Last Jedi and has now taken to social media to possibly drop a hint that he'll be showing up in The Batman!




Social media is buzzing this morning after Beauty and the Beast star Josh Gad shared a photo of The Penguin with his followers. As a result, speculation is running rampant that the actor could have been cast as the villain in The Batman. It would make sense for more of the Caped Crusader's rogues to show up, and while Gad seems a bit young for the role, that could be easily changed with prosthetics.

This would certainly be a pretty inventive bit of casting on the part of The Batman director Matt Reeves, but you'd think this image would herald an announcement of some sort. It's possible Gad may have met for the role...or that he just so happens to be a pretty big fan of the comic book character.

There are, of course, any number of reasons why Gad might have shared this photos, but it's still fun to speculate! The actor does follow Geoff Johns and Nightwing director Chris McKay, so perhaps we'll actually see the villain show up in that movie. We're obviously just going to have to wait and see.




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Rumor: Matt Reeves’ Batman Features Deathstroke, Joker & Scarecrow






Three big-name Batman villains are rumored to appear in the DC Extended Universe’s upcoming solo film The Batman, starring Ben Affleck. Among the antagonists allegedly lined up for the project are the iconic Joker, Deathstroke, and Scarecrow.
Aside from the Scarecrow, both the Joker and Deathstroke already have respective actors attached to the roles in the DCEU. Obviously, there is Jared Leto, who has previously debuted his iteration of the Clown Prince of Crime in last year’s Suicide Squad, where he and Harley Quinn even had a brief run-in with “Batfleck”. And then there is Joe Manganiello, who is already confirmed to play the role of Deathstroke, although he has yet to appear in any DCEU movie as the character.
Courtesy of the Reddit subcommunity, r/DCEULeaks, a forum member with the handle @WBUT7 has posted a couple of supposed updates for the upcoming slew of properties from the DCEU camp, including one about the Ezra Miller-led The Flash film. The update also indicates supposed morsels of information about the Matt Reeves-directed solo Batman movie. And although it appears that the filmmaker has yet to start on the preproduction process due to his previously-made commitments, the story development is progressing:
“No work has been commissioned on this movie. Apparently Matt Reeves has yet to even start on this, and has to fulfill his commitment on “War for the Planet of the Apes” before working with Ben Affleck. Although there has been rumors of the script being thrown out, there have been rumors around the executives that Matt Reeves wants to incorporate many Batman villains. These villains will include Deathstroke, Joker, and Scarecrow. The studio has already been working on Deathstroke (obviously) and has mockups of a potential new Scarecrow.”
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The same tipster adds that there is a possibility that there would be other villains that would be featured The Batman on top of the aforementioned 3. The user even to the extent of saying that “many, if not most, members of Batman’s rogue’s gallery will be making appearances in the film,” teasing fans that their favorite Bruce Wayne antagonist may coming to life in the upcoming film.
Should this rumor actually pan out, it is a wonder how all the villains would fit in the story of The Batman. If they decide to set the solo project around the arc of a retired Batman who eventually made a resurgence in the superhero world and has even joined other heroes for a greater cause, the slew of villains could be shown in a montage of his early crime-fighting days. That way, it will not feel that they were all just crammed into one production for the sake of showing them all together, on the big screen.
Fans are cautioned to take these rumors with a bit grain of salt, as the authenticity of the report is very much in question for the time being. Currently, The Batman‘s script is said to be going through rewrites to be able to better fit Reeves’ style and vision for the movie better.
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The Batman Director Explains His Personal Approach To The Film



Matt Reeves is only just beginning his work on The Batman. The DC Films project is next in line for him the moment his most recent work, War for the Planet of the Apes, hits theaters.
Looking at Reeves resume, it is easy to assume The Batman is in good hands. This is the man who crafted genius films such as Cloverfield, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Let Me In, and is only adding to the impressive resume with War for the Planet of the Apes.
Looking ahead to the DC film, though, Reeves can't say too much about it just yet but that's because it has hardly begun to come together fro him. Of what he can reveal is that there will be a certain amount of similarities between his version of Batman and the lead ape Caesar of his Planet of the Apes films.
Speaking to ComicBook.com at a press event for War for the Planet of the Apes in London, Reeves spilled his perspective on the upcoming Batman film.
"Look, I'm just starting Batman because literally, [War for the Planet of the Apes], as I just said, we finished about a week ago and now we're publicizing it," Reeves said. "So, we haven't even begun on Batman. For me, what's always important is to try and find a personal way in. In that way, I do feel like I relate to actors. It's about understanding emotionally, the way something is. I see this parallel between Caesar and Batman, really, which is this idea of these characters who are grappling with their own struggle and trying to do the right thing in an imperfect world and, so, I do really relate it to that kind of idea."
A "personal" take on Batman? That's a one way ticket to having a lot of happy butts in seats.
Given how Reeves has managed to craft Andy Serkis' Caesar into such an iconic and unforgettable character through a pair of films, it's safe to say Batman could not be in better hands. Check out the full interview with Reeves in the video at the top of the page.
In War for the Planet of the Apes, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.
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The Batman Director Teases Film's Hitchcock Influences



Batman is a complicated character, and even the most casual fans know the vigilante has a complex psyche. Bruce Wayne has a dark childhood as the heir was ripped from his parents following their murder. Growing up, the boy witnessed the inexcusable corruption of Gotham, and his murky aspirations eventually led Bruce to take up the moniker of Batman. In the future, the DCEU plans to explore the character’s psychological state with a standalone movie known as The Batman. And, now, the feature’s director has admitted he is drawing from Alfred Hitchcock to nail down the movie’s aesthetic.
Recently, Matt Reeves spoke with CNET during press tours for his upcoming film War for the Planet of the Apes. It was there the director touched upon The Batman, and Reeves said he film will rely on some of Hitchcock’s famous filming techniques.
"For me, point of view is really important," Reeves explained. "I want to make sure you are experiencing something from the perspective of the main character in the story. I'm a huge Hitchcock fan -- I like the idea of being immersed in that perspective."


Hitchcock fans will know that the director was a master of framing and camerawork. Films like Psycho are still praised even today for their ability to bring moviegoers into its characters’ psyches simply through film alone. Over the years, Hitchcock’s mastery of suspenseful shooting has only added to his revered status as a horror guru, and even mainstream directors like Reeves can find ways to incorporate the icon’s legacy into their pictures.
When asked later on how much work has been done on The Batman, Reeves said "We're just starting.” There is still plenty of work to be done on the impending standalone for Bruce Wayne, but several pieces of the film did fall into place before Ben Affleck stepped out of its director’s seat.
Aside from Affleck’s Batman, the film is slated to star Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke. The actor confirmed he had been cast as the mercenary last year, but changes with The Batman left fans unsure if Manganiello was still part of the project. The star has been quiet about his involvement with the project as of late, but Manganiello seems optimistic Deathstroke will still fit into the solo feature’s new story.
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The Batman Director Matt Reeves Confirms Ben Affleck Will Remain in the Role for His Solo Film



Director Matt Reeves plans on making The Batman with Ben Affleck donning the cape and cowl.
Batman-News spotted that Reeves confirmed Affleck's involvement in the solo film while promoting his upcoming film War of the Planet of the Apes. There has been speculation Affleck might leave the role, especially after he dropped out of directing The Batman and his name wasn't mentioned on the Warner Bros. press release for the film earlier this year.


However, after Reeves was announced as The Batman's director, Affleck did welcome Reeves on board the project.
While Reeves just finished up War of the Planet of the Apes, the filmmaker has shared his take on the DC hero. Meanwhile, Affleck is set to reprise his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Justice League later this year.
There is no release date yet for The Batman.
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