The Penguin

Todd Phillips is making a Joker movie. Henry Cavill may or may not be finished playing Superman. The DC Universe is in an odd place right now, so even though there are a few movies coming out soon that could help provide a steadier foundation, one of the biggest of them is Matt Reeves’ The Batman. It’s impossible to overstate how important that character is to Warner Bros., and while the actual plot of the movie is still hidden in the shadows of a Gotham City alley, one thing has become exceptionally clear: Josh Gad (Beauty and the Beast) and Paul Walter Hauser (I, Tonya) really want to play The Penguin.
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the batman update

Matt Reeves was on a Television Critics Association panel today to promote his midseason Fox drama The Passage, based on the novel by Justin Cronin. After the panel, Reeves gave reporters and update on his The Batman film. Here’s what he had to say about a potential shooting draft, production start date, Ben Affleck’s continued role in the film, those Year One rumors and more.

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the batman reboot

Matt Reeves has been working on bringing The Batman to screen for over a year now, and yet we’re still not quite sure what’s going on with the film. Now, a new report indicates that Reeves will be completely rebooting the latest Bat-flick as a standalone movie, and that Ben Affleck‘s days of playing the Caped Crusader are over.

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The Batman villain

Matt Reeves‘ The Batman is apparently still happening, and now we may know who the villain is going to be.

Rotten Tomatoes critics! No, I’m kidding. It’s actually The Penguin.

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Wait, Ben Affleck Still Wants to Direct Batman?

ben affleck batman

Here we go again.

For the past six months, Ben Affleck has waffled back and forth on whether he will continue to play Batman in Warner Bros.’ DC Extended Universe or whether he just wants to go home and sleep for a year. There have long been rumors that Justice League or the upcoming Flashpoint would be his last official appearance as this version of Batman, but he’s denied and kinda-maybe confirmed the issue multiple times since this summer.

But now Affleck is reviving the rumor mill for one more go-around. Not only is he open to pursuing the “possibilities,” the actor stated that he is still interested in directing a Batman film after getting replaced on The Batman by War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves. Whether that Batman film he directs stars him is another story.

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Justice League Batman featurette

We’re only a few hours from the official release of Justice League, but some attention has jumped ahead to director Matt Reeves’ planned take on The Dark Knight with his solo movie The Batman. Ben Affleck, the most recent actor to don the cape and cowl, just said he’s looking for “a graceful and cool way to segue out of” the role. And now a new rumor has surfaced that claims Reeves has someone in mind to take over the role of the Caped Crusader if Affleck decides to step down – and the new contender was actually a candidate for the role before Christian Bale was cast in Batman Begins.

Who is rumored to be the replacement choice for The Batman actor? Find out after the jump.
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the batman being in the dceu

UpdateThe Batmadirector Matt Reeves has clarified his remarks about The Batman not being “part of” the DC Extended Universe. He confirmed on Twitter that The Batman will still take place in the DC universe. See more below.

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The state of The Batman movie has been in a state of flux since its inception. At first, Ben Affleck was set to direct, then not. Matt Reeves came on board and decided to throw out the original script in favor of his own. And most recently it’s been speculated that Ben Affleck won’t even end up starring in the film.

Now, it seems that the one thing that we thought was taken for granted that The Batman would fall under Warner Bros.’ growing DC Cinematic Universe, may not be true. Reeves confirmed that when he joined the project, Warner Bros. allowed him to approach The Batman as a standalone movie that he says won’t be connected to the larger DCEU.

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Justice League Batman

Ben Affleck‘s future as Batman appears uncertain with the rumor mill suggesting he wants out. Just yesterday his own brother said he doesn’t think he’ll star in The Batman. Affleck, however, recently dismissed these rumors at Comic-Con. The Argo director is still Batman until he (or Warner Bros.) says otherwise. This Fall, he’ll be back as the character in Justice League, which he says features a less vengeful and more heroic Batman.

Below, Ben Affleck talks about the differences between the character in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League.

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Ben Affleck Batman

Some rumors have been going around that Ben Affleck‘s time as Batman would be over after Justice League. When Affleck was promoting the film at San Diego Comic Con, he denied the claim he wanted out of the role. While not a confirmation that the actor is no longer going to play the Caped Crusader, his brother, Casey Affleck, told a radio show he doesn’t think he’s going to star in director Matt Reeves‘ The Batman before seconds later retracting the statement, saying he was just making stuff up. Read his comments below.

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In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Joe Manganiello knows whether or not he’ll appear in The Batman, but will he tell us?
  • Zachary Quinto gives an update on the progress of Star Trek 4
  • One of the stars of Baby Driver will play a major role in the Mamma Mia sequel
  • Sarah Paulson boards M. Night Shyamalan‘s Unbreakable sequel
  • The latest odds of a Simpsons Movie sequel
  • And more!

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