When Ben Affleck stepped down from directing The Batman and Matt Reeves took over the director’s chair, a lot of us were wondering if Reeves was still going to use the script penned by Affleck and Geoff Johns for the film. Well, thanks to comments Reeves made on MTV’s podcastHappy Sad Confused, we now know what the answer to that question is — he’s not.
Reeves apparently wanted to start fresh, and who can blame him. There’s only so much creative freedom in directing one of these shared universe films, and you need to grab it where you can. The director describes the new story for The Batman as a noir tale diving into the Dark Knight’s psychology.
In Affleck and Johns’s script, Deathstroke was the villain (with Joe Manganiello cast to play the part). There is no word as to whether or not Reeves’s new direction will use the character or the casting though. As Manganiello is a talented actor, it’d be disappointing to lose him.
So we’re a little behind on posting news this week (mostly because I was without electricity for most of Thursday), but the biggest piece of news to come out was that Warner Bros has announced a new director for their forthcoming Batman solo film The Batman. Starring Ben Affleck, who stepped down from the director’s chair himself almost a month ago, the film will be now be directed by Matt Reeves.
Reeves is best known to audiences for directing Cloverfield, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes. Ever since Affleck stepped down there were rumors that Reeves would take the reigns, and while negotiations were allegedly pretty strained, they seem to have worked everything out.
No word on whether or not they’ll be still using the script penned by Affleck and Geoff Johns, but Reeves is a solid director and we’re pretty optimistic about the film still.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we mourn the passing of Richard Hatch, celebrate the joy that is The Lego Batman Movie, consider Ben Affleck’s departure from The Batman‘s director’s chair, and prematurely miss Peter Capaldi leaving Doctor Who. Then it’s on to the con scene, where Eternal Con organizer Frank Patz has gotten himself banned from New York Comic Con (and all ReedPop events), STX Brazos Valley Comic Con guests are getting charged for hotel rooms that were supposedly paid for, and Crunchyroll has decided that Northern California totally needs another anime convention.
Just like most of us need another hole in the head.
One of the few things we’ve been looking forward to in the DCEU is the solo-Batman film starring Ben Affleck. Affleck, who is cowriter on the film, was originally slated to direct as well, but this sadly seems to be no longer the case. In an article published by Variety:
“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.”
No word on who will take over the director’s seat, but the studio is apparently working off a shortlist and has a direction they want to go.
Honestly, it’s a little bit disappointing that Affleck is stepping down as director. He’s shown talent at the task, and having a solid, singular creative voice behind the film would probably make it stronger. That said, there’s a lot of pressure in just playing an iconic role like Batman, and it’s probably a lot of pressure for one person to be responsible for that big a project.
We’re still going to be excited for this film either way.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie, Trae and Nick fly it alone without Pher (who was busy elsewhere — possibly arm wrestling with the Governor of Minnesota). We talk about the new Power Rangers trailer, how Wonder Woman is (finally) canonically queer, Iron Fist getting a release date, Ben Affleck’s Batman movie maybe (but probably not) having a title, the second Wine Country Comic Con, and how well the Nerd & Tie Expo went.
This is a news story. You can tell it’s a news story because I told you it’s one. We all know Ben Affleck is directing and starring in a stand alone Batman film. If you didn’t know that, well I guess you know it now. It’s very exciting, I guess. I mean, it will probably be good – Ben Affleck is a good actor, writer and director… so it can’t be worse than the DC movies we’ve gotten so far.
Probably the least important detail about the movie is the title, but of course that’s the piece of information we actually have about it now… probably. The Associated Press has put out a not at all awkward to watch video with almost zero content beyond this piece of news.
That’s right, Ben Affleck thinks the movie will be called The Batman. Y’know, probably. Unless he changes his mind. Which he could.
Still no news on when we’ll actually get this movie, but it’s good to know what Ben has named the document on his computer.
Now Affleck is currently filming Justice League, where he continues to appear as Batman/Bruce Wayne, so the obvious implication is that the character of Deathstroke will show up in the movie. On the other hand, this could just be a costume test for the untitled Batman film Affleck is helming down the road. On the other other hand, maybe Ben Affleck is just messing with us.
Personally, my money is on “Montage of Batman fighting villains” in the beginning of the Justice League film, but that’s just a guess. Either way, it looks pretty cool.
On this installment of The Off Week, Trae digs into Batman v Superman: Dawn of Secret Infinity Wars of Crisis Justice (or whatever) and tells you whether or not it’s worth going out and seeing it.
Spoiler: The answer is “maybe.” But he’ll give you his reasons.
“The Off Week” is a series of videos produced by Nerd & Tie in the weeks where we aren’t producing a full length podcast. The goal is to raise questions and make you think about things that you’ve maybe taken for granted.
Ever since Batman v Superman was announced, and Warner Bros and DC went all “shared universe” crazy, it’s been fairly obvious a new Batman solo movie would be in the works.
Well guess what? One is.
And Ben Affleck is directing it.
And he’s cowriting it.
Deadline is reporting that the legendary Geoff Johns will cowrite the film with Affleck. No word on release date of course, as Affleck has another project to finish first.
In any case, I’m pretty sure that this is the first time the actor playing the caped crusader has written OR directed a screen adaptation — although this is also the first time the guy playing Batman has an Oscar for screenwriting.
Syfy has announced that they’ve greenlit the Matt Damon and Ben Affleck created Incorporated. What’s it about? Well according to the channel’s press release:
Set in a future where companies have unlimited power, Incorporated tells the story of executive Ben Larson, forced to change his identity in order to infiltrate a cut-throat corporate world, to save the woman he loves. In the process, he will take on the entire system – with deadly consequences.
Beyond that, the channel is being pretty tight lipped about the series.
Will it be any good? I think it has a shot. It’s pretty easy to forget that Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have an Oscar for writing, so I think a TV series from them might actually be good.
I mean, depending on whoever they hire to run the rest of the series after the two of them go back to rolling around in piles of money.