Ben Affleck Batman

UPDATE 2/17/17: As reported by THR today, talks have broken down and Matt Reeves will no longer be directing Warner Bros.’ solo Batman movie. The trade adds, however, that there’s still a chance talks will resume later on. In any case, the studio is still set on making the film, and will continue to try and fill the director’s chair.

Our original story from 2/10/17 follows.
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Rumor: Ben Affleck Doesn’t Want to Be Batman Anymore

Ben Affleck in Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice

As soon as Ben Affleck announced that he no longer planned to direct Warner Bros.’ solo Batman movie, speculation began to swirl that he might step down from the starring role as well. After all, things aren’t looking terribly promising for the DCEU right now and Affleck has seemed frustrated by the pressure and hype surrounding this very high-profile role. Now, right on time, comes a rumor claiming just that — that Affleck would very much like out of the franchise, preferably before that planned solo movie.

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Ben Affleck's Batman Movie Release Date

From the outside looking in, just about every major film production looks like a total disaster. The world of movie news isn’t always kind to films that showcase growing pains as they come together – when you don’t have the full story, everything is a sign of serious trouble to come. This was the case with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story last year and it’s now the case with Warner Bros.’ The Batman. We still don’t know exactly why Ben Affleck vacated the director’s seat, but the internet immediately assumed the worst because that is what the internet does.

So how about some positive buzz for once? Specifically, it seems that the latest draft of The Batman has arrived and everyone is happy with what they’re seeing.

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The Batman Script Development

Since Ben Affleck announced his departure as director from The Batman at Warner Bros. Pictures, fans have been worried about the future of The Dark Knight on the big screen. Rumors are swirling of more trouble behind the scenes that meets the eye, and the studio isn’t doing much to quell those fears. Now new details have surfaced which indicate the studio is trying to figure out what to do in the wake of Ben Affleck’s step back from the creative process.

Many of the details regarding The Batman have been under tight wraps, but now new information reveals that Deathstroke (played by Joe Manganiello) wasn’t the only villain who would appear in the movie. The question is just how much of the original story will be kept once a new director comes on board. Find out more about The Batman script development after the jump. Read More »

Kevin Smith - Why Ben Affleck Left The Batman

Kevin Smith may not be everyone’s favorite filmmaker, but the guy has decades’ worth of experience working in the industry. As a filmmaker, Smith sees how the business side operates, and he’s been involved in the early stages of development on some attempted blockbusters. He’s also had bit parts in a few of them, as well as directed a couple episodes of shows like The Flash and Supergirl recently. That’s why everyone now and then, listening to what he has to say can be very valuable.

In the case of the news regarding Ben Affleck no longer directing The Batman, listening to Smith has even more advantages. First, Smith is a huge Batman fan just like millions of you out there; he even has a podcast dedicated to it called Fatman on Batman. Second, he’s known Ben Affleck for years professionally and personally (even though they haven’t talked in quite awhile, thanks to a rift created by the actor’s relationship with Jennifer Garner). So when Smith theorizes as to why Affleck might have turned down directing The Batman after working on it for a couple years, what he says just might hold some weight.

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne

The news that Ben Affleck would no longer direct Warner Bros.’ solo Batman movie came as something of a surprise, particularly since we knew he’d already put considerable time and effort into it. As far back as 2015, there were reports that he was writing the script with Geoff Johns. And more recently, it turns out, Affleck had even brought in his Argo writer Chris Terrio for additional help.  Read More »

the batman director

Yesterday, Ben Affleck stepped down from directing The Batman. One day, someone is going to write a book explaining exactly what was going on behind-the-scenes at Warner Bros. that led to this revolving door of filmmakers on all of their projects. We’ll surely know someday. But not today.

So today is a day of speculation. As Matt Reeves and Mat Ross emerge as apparent frontrunners, it’s time to do that thing where we make a list of people who should direct the next Batman movie. Some of these names are totally plausible. Some are wishful thinking. Others are here just because the thought of them directing a big-budget superhero movie makes me giggle uncontrollably. Most of all, this an excuse for us to just goof off and daydream while Warner Bros. figures everything out.

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Ben Affleck No Longer Directing Batman

Ben Affleck not directing Batman

Even before Ben Affleck made his DC debut in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the plan has been for him to direct and star in a solo Batman movie. Over the past few months, talk about the project really began to heat up, and we were wondering if he was gearing up to get behind the camera sometime this year. But it looks like that’s no longer happening.

Affleck has officially announced that he no longer plans to direct the movie — although he still plans to star as the Caped Crusader, just under a different director. Read Affleck’s comments below.

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Ben Affleck / Live By Night box office

Live By Night probably sounded good on paper. Ben Affleck‘s last three directorial efforts were all well received, with Argo even snagging Best Picture in 2013, and Affleck’s career as a star is burning bright as ever thanks to Batman. All of which would have made Live By Night seem like a solid next step, possibly even an awards contender. But the gangster drama didn’t just disappoint — it flat-out flopped, and now Warner Bros. is looking at a reported $75 million loss on the movie.  Read More »

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Justice League

The DC Extended Universe has been off to a rocky start, to put it mildly. Yes, their films have made money, but the audience reactions to Man of SteelBatman v Superman, and Suicide Squad have been divided at best. Still, they’ve got a few promising projects coming up on the slate including Justice League and The Batman. And those involved with the franchise would really, really like you to know that they’re going to be good.

In a new interview, Aquaman screenwriter Will Beall talks up Justice League as “much more fun” and “much poppier” than its somber predecessors. Meanwhile, Ben Affleck reassures fans that, yes, he’s still planning to direct The BatmanRead More »