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.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we discuss how Bill Paxton’s passing, Mystery Science Theater 3000‘s new season getting a release date, the addition of Generation 2 to Pokemon Go, Matt Reeves taking over The Batman, Syfy launching reality series Cosplay Melee, how “Jedi” is plural in The Last Jedi, and how Angry Goat Productions quietly cancelled their Sailor Moon Themed events.
Because who would have guessed that the company that cancels all of their events would cancel another.
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.