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    The Batman (2021)

    Ben Affleck Will No Longer Direct The Batman

    Ben Affleck has stepped down as director of The Batman, reports Variety. Affleck will of course still star, and he will remain a producer on the solo film.

    “There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions,” Affleck said in a statement. “Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give. 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. I remain extremely committed to this project, and look forward to bringing this to life for fans around the world.”

    Warner Bros. Pictures added: “Warner Bros. fully supports Ben Affleck’s decision and remains committed to working with him to bring a standalone Batman picture to life.”

    The studio and Affleck will now begin searching for a new director. Variety says there is a shortlist and they are hearing that War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves is among those on the list.

    Affleck will face off against Joe Manganiello, who will play Slade Wilson, aka Deathstroke, in the film. Additional appearances by Jeremy Irons as Alfred and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon are expected to happen as well.
    I actually admire this decision in a way. To be able to focus on directing, and starring must be insanely difficult. I just worry who will replace him.

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    This scares me, but Ben did say he wouldn't do it unless he felt confident on the script and such. Hopefully the next guy coming in turns this movie into greatness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HoHo View Post
    This scares me, but Ben did say he wouldn't do it unless he felt confident on the script and such. Hopefully the next guy coming in turns this movie into greatness.
    Yeah I'm reading a few stories how this could spell disaster for the DC universe.

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    That's a very measured and practiced way of saying "I have no faith in the studio's process and they will not allow me to create my vision without meddling so I'm stepping away from the director's chair so I can't be blamed but I'm not gonna walk away from being Batman because fucking Batman bitch!".

    DC and Warner are already fighting an uphill battle with critics and a large majority of the superhero movie-going public, this news will only set off the doubters and hater more considering the general response to an Affleck helmed Batmovie was positive and enthusiastic. I think most of us are approaching DC films with caution and this was the one we all pretty much agreed was the one to get to - now, I'm feeling it's another case of, let's see when we get there.

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    The Batman Gets Planet of the Apes Director Matt Reeves

    Little over a week ago, it was announced that Ben Affleck was officially stepping down as the director of The Batman. He and the studio reportedly felt that it was best for the movie if he focused on putting everything he could into the role and getting a director who could really help them get the movie where it needed to be. Well, it looks like Warner Bros. has found that director and that director is Matt Reeves.

    Variety is reporting that Matt Reeves has already committed to directing The Batman, but the deal is still being worked out. It was reported by Variety when the news broke that Ben Affleck would not be directing the movie that Reeves, who most recently directed War for the Planet of the Apes for Fox, was the studio's top choice for the job. It looks like they didn't have to settle, because assuming they can get the contract done, and it seems very likely they will, The Batman is now going to be his next movie.

    Ben Affleck is still going to star in and produce the new Batman movie for Warner Bros., but he felt he needed to find a "partner in a director," as he put it, to helm the project. Affleck helped co-write the script for the movie, along with Geoff Johns. The script recently got a rewrite from Argo and Justice League scribe Chris Terrio. Apparently, that was just what it needed, because a recent report claimed that everyone, including Ben Affleck and the heads at Warner Bros., were very happy with that draft of the script and were ready to move ahead. Now, with Matt Reeves on board, things really seem to be moving in the right direction.

    While many DC fans were excited to see what a Ben Affleck directed Batman movie would look like, Matt Reeves definitely seems like he is very qualified for the job. He directed Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the second in the rebooted franchise. He took over for Rupert Wyatt, who directed Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The third in the series, War for the Planet of the Apes, is set to come out in July, which will leave him free to get to work on The Batman. Aside from his work on the Planet of the Apes movies, Matt Reeves also directed the 2008 monster flick Cloverfield and the 2010 horror movie Let Me In, which was a remake of the Spanish vampire movie Let the Right One In. So his track record is really solid at this point.

    There is no word on when production will start, but The Batman was expected to shoot sometime this year. With a script and a director in place, they should still be able to make that happen. Aside from Ben Affleck playing the Caped Crusader, Joe Manganiello has been cast to play the villain Deathstroke, with J.K. Simmons playing Commissioner Gordon and Jeremy Irons returning to play Alfred. There is no word yet on a release date for The Batman, but things are looking good after a bit of a bumpy start, so hopefully the studio won't make us wait too long. We will be sure to keep you posted as more details on the movie become available.
    Pretty excited for this move.

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    Latest The Batman Update Sees Warner Bros. Eying November Filming Start

    Warner Bros. and DC's highly anticipated standalone The Batman movie is reportedly looking to start filming in November 2019. This contradicts a report from late last year that speculated that The Batman would start filming in summer 2019, but given the erratic nature of the film's development up to this point, it certainly wouldn't be surprising if Warner Bros. pushed the filming start date back again.

    Previously expected to be directed and starring Ben Affleck, who played the Caped Crusader in both Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, the actor/director eventually stepped down from helming The Batman solo movie, ultimately replaced by director Matt Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes), who would also rewrite the script. While Reeves was expected to turn in his latest draft for The Batman by the end of last year, there's still no word on who will don the cowl in his film. The continuing rumor is that Reeves wants someone younger for the role, but that's not confirmed.

    If the most recent report of The Batman's filming start date is correct, Reeves will likely be looking to fill out his cast sooner rather than later. According to THR's Heat Vision Newsletter, The Batman could start filming as early as November 2019. The same report suggests that Reeves met his script deadline as well, though he will continue to work on it as the filming date approaches. It's important to keep in mind that neither Warner Bros. or Reeves have confirmed this information.

    if this turns out to be correct, it might be a bit disappointing for certain fans who were hoping the summer date was more in line with when The Batman would start filming. This could potentially be out of Reeves' hand though, considering the large amount of DCEU films slated to release over the coming months. Especially considering how successful both Wonder Woman and Aquaman have been and continue to be at the box office, perhaps it's smart for the studio to continue focusing on standalone films of lesser known characters.

    Still, considering how much money Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy earned, with the latter two films both crossing the billion dollar mark at the worldwide box office, it's only a matter of time before Reeves' The Batman sees the light of day. Whether that's with Affleck in the role or someone else entirely remains to be seen, but Reeves has proven himself more than capable of handling big budget films in the past, so Warner Bros. has definitely left the film in capable hands.

    Source: screenrant.com | COREY HOFFMEYER
    Pretty vague news, do you guys want a new Batman? Like Affleck, but a younger one might not be a bad idea for them if they want them to be in a lot of sequels.

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    Honestly I really liked Affleck as Batman in BvS and a good amount in Justice League, but clearly they want a younger Batman. I can deal with a younger Batman as long as theirs no origins involved at all. I mean a Batman: Year One tale could work, but we kinda saw that in Batman begins. Well whoever they cast in this, mark ass Batman fan here will be watching.

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    I am waiting for the more futuristic Batman movie or a nightwing personally. I do think some villains that Batman has faced and not really been seen would be good. I mean we have had Joker and Two-face twice which is fine because The Joker is his biggest enemy but I want to see more Penguin or the Riddler

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wang Chung View Post
    I am waiting for the more futuristic Batman movie or a nightwing personally. I do think some villains that Batman has faced and not really been seen would be good. I mean we have had Joker and Two-face twice which is fine because The Joker is his biggest enemy but I want to see more Penguin or the Riddler

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    I think were ways away from seeing Batman Beyond, but imagine if Keaton comes back to reprise his role as Bruce Wayne mannnn.

    Also if you want to see Nightwing you should watch Titans the Show, that guy who plays Robin on Titans is the only guy that should play him he's that good in my opinion.

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    Re: The Batman (2019)

    I know they've already announced Hush as an animated movie but they should also make this a live action version of that story. That way I'd get two chances to laugh at the lame attempt to make Calender Man into Hannibal Lecter.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuji Vice View Post
    I know they've already announced Hush as an animated movie but they should also make this a live action version of that story. That way I'd get two chances to laugh at the lame attempt to make Calender Man into Hannibal Lecter.
    A couple of years ago I was advocating pretty hard for Matt Damon as Hush to Ben Affleck's Batman.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Necro View Post
    Pretty vague news, do you guys want a new Batman? Like Affleck, but a younger one might not be a bad idea for them if they want them to be in a lot of sequels.
    It's not that I've lost all interest in this but once Affleck stepped down from the director's chair it's felt a lot like moving further and further away from something interesting and closer to something that Warner and DC can micro-manage into oblivion and kill completely. I've loved Wonder Woman and Aquaman but everything else was average or worse, and they just seem to be continually fucking up this "universe" which they flip-flop on whether it even exists or not. I said it when they announced the idea for the connected universe and blew their load showing off the slate they had lined up, but they rushed into the whole thing way to fast in the hope of making an instant Avengers and they fell over their own feet with BvS; everything since then has been stumbling along and trying to stay upright - I'm hoping that Aquaman is them finally finding their feet for real (after they almost managed it with Wonder Woman) and that from now on they'll be making good-to-great movies about costumed hero's, but if it's not connected then for me it's whatever. There's no point if these characters can't ever join forces or battle on the big screen. I want a connected universe when the source material is a connected universe.

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    ‘The Batman’ To Fly In Summer 2021; Ben Affleck Passes The Torch To Next Generation Of Bruce Wayne

    EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros. is dating their next rendition of Batman for June 25, 2021. This is the one that Matt Reeves has been attached to as writer and director. Ben Affleck, we hear, will not be donning the Dark Knight’s tights after playing the Caped Crusader in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad and Justice League and that’s because this movie will focus on a younger Bruce Wayne.

    Reeves boarded Batman in February 2017, taking over for Affleck who was originally set to direct off a script he wrote with DC’s Geoff Johns. Affleck, we understand has a busy plate: As Deadline exclusively broke he is starring in and producing the feature adaptation of Kate Alice Marshall‘s novel I Am Still Alive, which Universal won in a competitive bidding scenario. The two-time Oscar winner is also starring in the Warner Bros.’ Gavin O’Connor drama Torrance. Affleck worked hard on The Batman story, but knew he wasn’t the right one for this particular version. A search is underway for a new Dark Knight.

    The Batman will not be based on Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One comic which is one of Reeves’ favorites in the Caped Crusader canon.

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    Interesting, so now it's official, wonder who's the next Batman?

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    Well that's a bummer, but we knew it was going to happen with the way both parties were acting towards each other.

    I keep thinking in my head who should play Batman, but what does Reeves wanna do a young Batman or a Batman that sets the Table before BvS? Armie Hammer and Jon Hamm would be logically choices by alot of people, Ben Barnes from The Punisher TV Show comes to mind, Jake Gyllenhaal I think would be great as a young Batman, Gosling hello Drive watch it, and Michael B Jordan if they want to go bold and change everything.

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    That's great news because now I have virtually no interest in this movie at all. It's nice to know that the director likes Year One though, because that's such important information to include in an article

    They should just fire Reeves, hire Aronofsky and let him direct a movie based on Grant Morrison's Arkham Asylyum.


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    It's a shame as I liked Affleck as Batman. Just hope whoever they get next can be as good if not better.






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    Fuck it man, I'm fan casting. I don't care how lame that might be.

    Batman/Bruce Wayne - Robert Pattinson

    It's been said that Pattinson is the front runner for the role and if all you are familiar with are his stints in Twilight and Harry Potter, you might groan at the notion of this, which is a shame because over the past 5 or 6 years he's been one of the hardest working and most underrated actors today. I'll remind you that pre-Batman, Michael Keaton was primarily known for comedies and I'm sure everyone remembers the doubt that people had over Heath Ledger as the Joker. Don't sleep on Robert Pattinson because he starred in some questionable roles early in his career while he was trying to get his foot in the door. Check out "Good Time", "Cosmopolis", "Water For Elephants" "The Lost City of Z", "The Childhood Of A Leader" and "Life."




    Harvey Dent/Two-Face - Ryan Gosling

    A Batman film is only as good as it's villain and there seems to be an unspoken rule that whoever plays the villain has more star power and acting prowess than the man playing Batman. As good as The Dark Knight was, the portrayal of Two-Face was a miss, in the sense that he only served as a plot device for the Joker's chaos campaign. It was a great angle concocted by Nolan himself but it left little room for Two-Face to shine after he turned heel. I know Goslinng is a favorite for many to play Batman, but I personally find it hard to see Gosling transition to Affleck's Batman, given this is still set in the DCEU. I'm only now getting over Don Cheadle replacing Terrence Howard in the Marvel movies. Ryan Gosling is one of the top 10 actors of our generation and he certainly has the chops to steal the show here.



    The Ventriloquist - Bill Murray

    The films secondary villain, and one that has yet to be utilized in any of the 10 live action films. Another heavy hitter in terms of star power and acting ability yet one that won't steal the show from the films primary antagonist. Believe it or not, Bill Murray was actually set to play Batman before Michael Keaton was cast, so this would be a neat little "full circle" moment.



    Robin/Dick Grayson - Timothy Chalamet

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    n extremely talented actor that has shined in movies like Beautiful Boy, Lady Bird and Call Me By Your Name. The 10 year age game between him and Pattinson is perfect, as the first Robin comes along only a couple years into Batman's crime fighting career. Not only is he a tremendous actor, he has the boyish youth and slim athletic build of the original Robin/future Nightwing.




    Alfred Pennyworth - Richard E. Grant

    Richard E.Grant is probably one of the most underrated actors I can think of. I've been a fan of his ever since seeing him in 1989's "How to get ahead in Advertising" which is a favorite of mine to this day. He's recently received his first ever Oscar nomination for the film "Can You Ever Forgive Me" but you may remember him as the villain in Logan.




    Commissioner Jim Gordon - Michael Shannon

    A marvel at every role he lands on, Michael Shannon is the perfect candidate to play Jim Gordon, a good cop at the end of his rope trying to do whats right and be a beacon of light in a city consumed by darkness. Gary Oldman's shoes won't be easy to fill, and even the great JK Simmons didn't quite hit the mark, but I've got all the confidence in the world that Shannon would be own the role like no one else.



    Lucious Fox - Jeffrey Wright

    I would pay a buttload of money to see this. A role previously held by Morgan Freeman is going to take some finesse but if you've seen Westworld you know that Jeffrey Wright has that shit on lock.



    Barbara Gordon - Sophia Lillis

    Maybe not as Batgirl, just yet, but as a romantic interest to Dick Grayson. I think Batman is at his best when there isn't a love interest involved, and the Dick/Barbara dynamic should more than make up for lack of a love story in the way of Bruce and whoever. Sophia Lillis was a delight in the movie "IT" and she would knock it out of the park as Barbara, the future Batgirl.



    Michael Madsen - Detective Harvey Bullock

    Bullock is a man who walks a thin line. Like Gordon, he is a good man in a world full of very bad men. Unlike Gordon, he isn't above getting his hands dirty and going off the books. Michael Madsen as Bullock just checks all of my fucking boxes, I want this so bad.




    Melissa Fumero - Officer Rene Montoya

    Small role here. We know that Rosie Perez will play Detective Rene Montoya in Birds of Prey, so whoever plays her in this film needs to be about 15-20 years younger than Perez. In the current DCEU, Montoya is a seasoned Detective, but in this film we'd see her as a young street cop who idolizes Jim Gordon. Fumero already plays a cop on Brooklyn 99, but this would be a chance to let her show us what she can really do with a serious role, even if it's in a limited capacity.



    Joaquin Phoenix - The First Joker (Flashback Cameo)

    Just a flashback here, but an important piece that will bridge the upcoming Todd Phillips helmed Joker movie to DCEU. In the comics, there have been 3 different Jokers. We know that Phoenix's joker is set in 70's and the character he plays is not the same character that Jared Leto plays in the DCEU.



    Eamon Farren - The Second Joker (Cameo, previously played by Jared Leto)

    A small role, maybe even limited to a cameo, but Eamon Farren (Twin Peaks: The Return) as a mentally unstable young man who, inspired by the previous Joker, takes up the mantle of the Clown Prince of Crime just ticks all of my buttons.



    Christian Bale and Maggie Gylenhaal - Thomas and Martha Wayne (Flashback cameo)

    Another flashback cameo here and maybe this is just fan service but fuck it, I want this.



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    Re: The Batman (2021)

    I want Jon Hamm as Batman, he has the look for Bruce Wayne and I’m sure he’d make a great Batman. He himself has expressed interest in portraying the role if the story was right. If not him I’d be willing to give Pattinson a chance if a younger Bruce is what they’re going for.


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    Robert Patterson I just dont know if I like it Jiggy I agree Jon Hamm maybe the perfect Bruce Wayne I still want them to connect with DCU so Jeffery Dean Morgan as Thomas Wayne Earth 2 coming over to Earth 1 and seeing Ben Affleck Batman Die would be a great story arc. Hell then you could even do a joker earth 1 Jared Leto & earth 2 joker maybe Jaquin Pheonix if he is wanted or someone else and do it thst way this way its a soft reboot






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    Jon Hamm is fine for the Justice League sequels and any current DCEU appearances but it's already been confirmed that Bruce will be much younger in this one
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