UPDATE: Here's our picks to replace Ben Affleck as Batman.
The Batman director Matt Reeves has confirmed the movie’s working title and his prediction for the release date. Following Christian Bale’s run on the acclaimed Dark Knight trilogy, the next actor slipping into the cape and cowl was always going to have big boots to fill. Fans were skeptical when Ben Affleck signed on for Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, but were eventually won over. This take on Batman was a more grizzled, veteran crime fighter, taking inspiration from Frank Miller’s famous graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns.
Affleck came on to the project following the acclaim he received as star and director on movies like The Town and Argo. However, Batman V Superman was greeted with a mixed to negative reception, and while the studio expected the movie to easily bypass a $1 billion worldwide, it fell short of that mark. Affleck returned for a cameo in Suicide Squad and a starring role in Justice League, but following the critical and box office disappointment of the latter, reports spread the star wanted to move on from the DCEU. Affleck was previously attached to write and direct a solo movie dubbed The Batman, but Matt Reeves took over when he stepped down. Now it seems the movie will focus on a younger version of Affleck’s Bruce Wayne, with a new actor appearing in the role.
The solo movie has been known as The Batman pretty much since it was announced, but a recent picture of the film’s production sheet referred to it as Untitled Batman Project. Now in a new interview with THR, director Matt Reeves confirmed the current working title but stressed it could easily change.
Right now it’s called The Batman. What it will be called ultimately, I don’t know.
Reeves also gave his prediction for The Batman’s release date.
We haven't been dated. I wouldn't commit to this, but we're thinking the movie would probably be for 2021, late spring or summer. Warner Bros. has been incredibly supportive and given me a lot of time and shared the same passion that I do for this story.
Reeves’ The Batman has been pitched as much more of a detective story than previous big-screen Batman stories. The character’s detective skills have been utilized in past movies, but they’ve never been the primary focus. The director reiterated in the above interview The Batman will be a noir-inspired take on the character, but that it will be an emotional journey too. There’s still no word on potential villains or who will play Batman, and Ben Affleck’s continued participation in the franchise hasn’t been confirmed either.
A soft reboot of the character is probably for the best, as it recently came to light both Batman and Superman ranked bottom in popularity during test screenings for Justice League. Wonder Woman and Aquaman, on the other hand, scored much higher, and due to the success of the solo Aquaman movie, DC is now less focused on a shared universe for their characters. The Batman could be the perfect fresh start, with a focus on a younger caped crusader that doesn’t need to tie into any other DC project.
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