“I’m sure they’ll hire a new director relatively soon (which the film needs, but will also serve as good PR for the DCEU) and the movie will continue to be actively developed.”
And that new director much to no one’s surprise is Matt Reeves, probably. Word on the street is that Warner Bros. has offered Mr. Reeves the job and they are currently in negotiations. So at the present moment, it’s not a done deal...yet. But I expect him to accept the offer. (THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER is, um, reporting that Ridley Scott and Fede Alvarez are directing possibilities if the studio and Reeves can’t/don’t reach an agreement.)
Honestly, Reeves taking over THE BATMAN was the worst kept secret in Hollywood over the last few days – everyone knew he was going to be offered the gig. Regardless of the lack of secrecy, this will be a good-get for Warner Bros. and finally some good news for THE BATMAN.
How will Mr. Reeves approach THE BATMAN and what about the current script? BOF has been told that Mr. Reeves will be given the courtesy of developing the project as he sees fit. In other words, he’s going to be able to make changes to the script to jibe with his vision of the film. I’m not saying that there’s going to be a page one rewrite, but I expect some significant changes to be made to the story and script.
But the elephant (or is it a bat?) in the room is Ben Affleck. Will he remain on board as Batman? All “official” reports (i.e. what the studio is saying to the trades) is that Mr. Affleck is game to stay on and reprise his role of Batman. However, there are strong and persistent whispers that Mr. Affleck will leave the project. In fact, BOF was told that a door for that to happen will be opened via Mr. Reeves’ take on the film. I’m still of the mind that it’s a 50/50 whether or not Ben Affleck ends up staying on THE BATMAN.
So, what would I do if I were Warner Bros.? I’d sign Mr. Reeves to a three-film deal and initially give him the same creative leeway as they gave Christopher Nolan for BATMAN BEGINS. If I were Mr. Reeves, I’d do a prequel featuring a younger Batman (and no, that doesn’t mean you have to do an origin story again). Per the BATMAN v SUPERMAN timeline, Batman’s been “Batman” for 20 years, right? Go back and tell some stories about this Batman when he was in his prime. And frankly, if that means the role needs to be recast, so be it. Plus, it would give Affleck, the studio and the new director an out.
Another advantage that prequels would give the filmmaker is that you wouldn’t be bound to current DCEU continuity. In other words, THE BATMAN and its possible sequels can be their own thing in their own world, but still technically be part of the DCEU.
Really folks, how many Batman stories are their left to tell when you’re Batman is nearing 50 years old?
Well, that’s my take on the whole deal with THE BATMAN. What do you think? Post your thoughts in the comments below!