The Batman Director Wants To Recast Ben Affleck's The Dark Knight

Posted 2017/12/08 0 0

A new report suggests that director Matt Reeves wants a new Batman for his upcoming standalone film.


For months, the future of Ben Affleck’s Batman has been up in the air. We’ve had rumor after rumor that Affleck was considering moving on from the role. And now, in a detailed account of a shakeup at Warner Bros. following "Justice League's" lower-than-expected box office grosses, Variety reported Thursday that "The Batman" director Matt Reeves plans to recast the title role. The report says: "While Ben Affleck is expected to appear as Batman in a standalone Flash movie, it is highly unlikely he will don the cape and cowl in Matt Reeves’ planned standalone Batman movie. The director is said to want to cast the role with fresh talent, according to sources."

Reeves hasn’t said this himself, it’s important to note, but it does tie to the ongoing narrative that Affleck is looking to exit the Batman role in the near future. Furthermore, The Batman offers an opportunity to fully reboot the character again on the big screen, and that’s surely a temptation to both Reeves and to Warner Bros.

Recent reporting has Jake Gyllenhaal as the frontrunner to become the next Batman for Matt Reeves, keeping in mind that no deal has been signed yet between Gyllenhaal and Warner Bros. Meanwhile, according to Radar Online, former Mad Men star Jon Hamm wants the role and is doing whatever it takes to replace Affleck. Previous report suggested that Reeves had been meeting with potential Batman actors recently, including Jake Gyllenhaal, for the upcoming stand-alone flick. "But the writing's on the wall, and Jon's desperate for the gig - friend or not", the source continued.

And yet, none of this means that we've actually seen the last of Ben Affleck as the Dark Knight. Variety notes that Affleck is expected to return as Batman at least once more in the upcoming Flashpoint movie.