Ben Affleck Leaving Batman

Last month brought the official but unsurprising news that The Batman would not bring Ben Affleck back as The Dark Knight. Instead, the new film from director Matt Reeves will take a more noir approach to the Caped Crusader and will put a younger actor back in the role. So what happened with Batfleck?

Ben Affleck appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, and conversation inevitably turned to the actor retiring from his post as Gotham’s crimefighter. It’s the first time Affleck has publicly spoken out specifically about leaving the role behind. And after he explained why he’s done with the DC Comics superhero, there was a special ceremony retiring Ben Affleck’s cape and cowl. Read More »

Forbes has a rumor-busting piece on the future of the Warner Bros. DC slate, so buckle up, baby. Nearly every recent rumor you might have heard about projects like The BatmanShazam!Birds of Prey and more appears to be dead wrong.

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The Batman script

After months of silence, it seems like the bat’s out of the bag when it comes to director Matt Reeves‘ highly-anticipated superhero movie The Batman. Earlier this week, Reeves confirmed that his take on the Caped Crusader would be a noir-style story that focuses on Batman being the world’s greatest detective – a quality apparent to his character in the comics but one the movies have rarely touched.

Now a new report says The Batman‘s initial screenplay came in at 160 pages, and with the standard “one page = one minute” rule of screenwriting, that would translate to a movie that’s approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes long. That almost certainly won’t be the length of the final cut, but you can read the latest update about The Batman below.
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the batman update

Matt Reeves just provided the most detailed breakdown of his The Batman, which will be the first stand-alone Batman film since 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises. While the filmmaker didn’t give away specifics (no word on if Ben Affleck is still involved, although at this point it’s probably safe to assume he’s not), he did describe what type of movie he’s going to be making. In addition to that, Reeves also confirmed that The Batman will have a full rogues gallery of villains, not just one bad guy.

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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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