Report: Ben Affleck's future as 'The Batman' in doubt (again)
It's hard to take any of these reports seriously much less care when Warner Bros. and DC want you to take two standalone Joker films, a Joker-Harley Quinn spinoff, a possible Birds of Prey-Harley Quinn standalone, and a Batgirl film seriously. Seriously!
Report: Ben Affleck's Future As 'Batman' In Doubt
In a mere 24 hours, the Justice League cast, including Ben Affleck will take center stage at Saturday's San Diego Comic Con — But appearances can be misleading, this according to a source close to THR who alleges Ben may not be DCEU's Caped Crusader for much longer. The source with close knowledge of the situation says 'the studio [Warner Bros.] is working on plans to usher out Affleck’s 'Batman' — gracefully, addressing the change in some shape or form in one of the upcoming DC films.'
Matt Reeves noir-driven detective version of 'The Batman' will not incorporate Ben Affleck's script
Matt Reeves confirms the solo 'Batman' film will be a fresh story and will not be based off Ben Affleck and Geoff John's working script — Matt Reeves, director for the upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes appeared on MTVs Happy Sad Confused Podcast and shared a few nuggets for the upcoming solo 'Batman' film. When asked if Reeves is "working off the existing script Ben [Affleck] and Geoff [Johns] did?" the director clarified "no, it's a new story, we're starting new. I'm excited about it" and admitted he has not had time to devote to The Batman despite sharing his vision of a noir-driven detective version of The Dark Knight with WB executives.
'The Batman' Getting a Page-One Script Rewrite
At this point, it's hard to imagine Warner Bros wouldn't like to simply press the restart button. I'm not talking about the divisive quality of the films released so far, but simply the sporadic, unfocused and also unlucky process nearly all of its films are going through.
Matt Reeves is, this time, Officially Directing 'The Batman'
So after all that, Matt Reeves is in fact directing the Ben Affleck-starring The Batman. This thing is turning into a bloated soap opera. — Reeves will direct and produce the film. “We are thrilled to have Matt Reeves taking the helm of Batman, the crown jewel of our DC slate,” said Toby Emmerich, President and Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros. Pictures Group. “Matt’s deep roots in genre films and his evolution into an emotional world-building director make him the perfect filmmaker to guide the Dark Knight through this next journey.”
Matt Reeves Walks Away from 'The Batman' Directing Talks
Warner Bros. had seemingly found its replacement for Ben Affleck with War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves deep in talks for the role last week. But it looks like, now, negotiations have come to an abrupt close, with Reeves exiting the project.
'War for the Planet of the Apes' Director Matt Reeves to Helm 'The Batman'
The Batman has found its director following Ben Affleck's departure from the role a couple of weeks ago. While Affleck will still star and produce, War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves has been hired to take the helm on the project. This comes after rumours of him front-running for the position, though THR had indicated that Warner Bros. was looking at Ridley Scott and Fede Alvarez as well.
'The Batman' Script Reportedly Positive Among the Right People
The Batman is copping an enormous amount of spotlight lately, and it seems every day a new, conflicting report emerges. Today, it's Variety's Justin Kroll - who I should note broke the news the Affleck would not be directing - who has offered some news to negate yesterday's suggestion that the script was getting redone completely.
'The Batman' Getting a Script Rewrite
Warner Bros. is having a difficult time reigning in its Batman solo film, and it's certainly had plenty of drama around it. That culminated in Ben Affleck's departure from the director's chair, but the latest report points further, and it looks like the script is getting a page one rewrite.
DC Fans Want Zack Snyder to Direct 'The Batman'
Zack Snyder has come under his fair (probably unfair) share of scrutiny since Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and many lack faith in his vision for the DCEU. The short trailer for Justice League last year quelled some fears, regarding tone at least, and that, coupled with the impressive Batman we got in the aforementioned film has seemingly won over a legion of DC fans.
'Batman v Superman' Screenwriter Penned a Draft for 'The Batman'
Ben Affleck's departure from the directing role on The Batman is the big news out of Warner Bros. this week, ,though it's not exactly surprising in hindsight. Nevertheless, another morsel of information has been raised, with the news that Chris Terrio has penned the most recent draft of the script for the Batman solo film.
Ben Affleck is No Longer Directing 'The Batman'
Well, after all that, Ben Affleck has dropped out of the top job on the upcoming, as-yet without a release date solo Batman film. He will retain his role as Bruce Wayne and Batman, as expected, and will remain a producer. Read his statement below:
With the anticipation of Ben Affleck's Batman solo movie down the pipe line, we have had a verity of different news regarding batflicks new grand adventure. Ben has made it clear, that he does not want to start production until the script is nailed down to a point that he would deem it Batworthy. I think that this solo adventure might be the defining DC movie because of one simple reason that DC keep neglecting. Ben is taking his time! The key reason that DC movies keep falling short is because they rush their projects into production so fast, that they neglect to catch all the plot holes that plague their stories. In the race to beat Marvel in the box office, they need to realize that Marvel took many years in becoming the cinematic power house that it has become. They took their time with all aspects of the film process. DC can be just as good if not better than Marvel, if they can just simple slow down and develop their amazing rolodex of superhero's. Wonder Women will set up the up rise of DC, but Batman will define their legacy just as Christopher Nolan's films did. On press junkets for Bens resent films, the Batman question is repeated with each interviewer. He states to them all that he wont begin production until the script is up to his standers. I can fully understand if Ben seems overwhelmed with this project. To create a new solo Batman movie that quickly follows up after the underwhelming Batman V Superman film, this movie needs to work...and it can. There were several spot on depictions of Bruce and Batman that they nailed down. Not to mention the amazing warehouse fight scene! That's how Batman fights! If they keep that same feel and intensity they can create one hell of a Batman movie. Only time will tell what happens in the next big screen adventure of The Batman.
Ben Affleck Going in Circles on Batman Movie, Won't Direct Script Unless it's Great
Ben Affleck is penning, directing, and starring in The Batman, which for a while has been getting mixed comments from the caped crusader himself. The Guardian has reported the news, in which Affleck has said that if the script isn't great, he won't be taking the reins on the solo pic.
'The Batman' on Track for Spring 2017 Shoot
Ben Affleck's The Batman is seemingly getting fast-tracked at Warner Bros., and Affleck himself has told Variety that things are going smoothly for a spring 2017 start of production.
We got word from Ben Affleck a few weeks ago, that he was taking his time in finishing the Batman solo film script. Ben mentioned that he did not want to rush the project and that it's not in his best interest to just push something out that he felt wasn't fully development yet. Well it seems that the time has come to take another step towards production. Variety caught up with Ben at a screening at New York’s Metrograph Theater last night. Ben indicated to them that his script would be ready to shoot for a spring release. No word yet on if the film will be called ''The Batman'' but at least we have an idea when production will begin. Ben stated that he is very exited that things are coming together and that they were still finishing up the script. While everything seems to be on track according to Ben, no official word as to when film acutely begins.
Ben Affleck is Still in No Hurry to Make 'The Batman'
The Batman is as close to a myth as you're likely to get in modern blockbuster filmmaking. Everything we know about it, we know from rumours, even though we may be getting the film in 2018 (but more likely in 2019. Ben Affleck has again given an update, confirming that the script needs to be perfect.
Catwoman Looks Unlikely to be in Ben Affleck's 'The Batman'
Ben Affleck's Batman project is being kept tightly under wraps, and not much outside its hero and its villain is known. It does seem, however, that Sienna Miller, who worked with Affleck on Live by Night, is putting her hand up for a role that, according to her, isn't in the script.
'The Batman' Villain Joe Manganiello Gives New, Promising Details on Affleck's Film
With Ben Affleck directing and starring in the first solo Batman film since Christopher Nolan closed out his iconic trilogy in 2012, Joe Manganiello has not been afraid to voice his enthusiasm. The actor was confirmed as Deathstroke for the upcoming film a few months ago.
Jeremy Irons Promised More Alfred in Batman Solo Film by Ben Affleck
Jeremy Irons is returning for Justice League, and then The Batman, and he's set to feature more prominently in Ben Affleck's solo film, the actor has said.
Adam West Keen to Cameo in Ben Affleck's Batman Film
Adam West is making his return to the character of Batman after his seminal work in the 60s, albeit via voice work in the new animated feature Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders. But he wants more. He wants a spot in Ben Affleck's solo film.
Ben Affleck Committed to Getting Batman Right, Won't Move Forward Until He's Confident
Ben Affleck spoke with IGN regarding The Batman, which seems to be a working title, and which Joe Manganiello has stated begins filming early next year.
J.K. Simmons is looking ahead to Ben Affleck's Solo Batman picture
J.K. Simmons is bringing his best to the DCEU as Commissioner Gordon, and seems wholly committed to the role. He'll debut in Justice League before playing a role in Ben Affleck's solo movie, and has spoken about his excitement toward the role.
Batman Solo Film Begins Production Spring 2017, According to Joe Manganiello
Joe Manganiello is set to take on the iconic comic book role of Deathstroke in the character's first ever big screen, live-action outing, and the actor has revealed that he begins filming in spring 2017.
Ben Affleck Lowers Expectations, 'The Batman' Titled Not Set and the Film Some Time Away
The internet went abuzz when a few days ago Ben Affleck seemingly announced the title to his solo Batman flick, The Batman. Since then, the actor and director has attempted to quell expectations, indicating that the film doesn't yet exist.
Ben Affleck Reveals the Title for his Solo Batman Film, Explains Deathstroke Choice
Ben Affleck's solo Batman has a title. It's been given the moniker simply, 'The Batman,' suitable and to the point, really. The actor also spoke with Collider to explain why he believes Deathstroke is the right choice for this Batman.