- Report finds some users can’t opt out of Facebook’s face recognition Monday 7:27 PM
- Get emotional over this real-life pastor baptizing an anime girl in virtual reality Monday 6:53 PM
- Twitter wants to know what Jack in the Box did to offend Kim Kardashian Monday 6:38 PM
- ‘Game of Thrones’ meme claims King’s Landing is an ‘inside job’ Monday 6:06 PM
- Report: Personal data of 49 million Instagram influencers exposed online Monday 4:57 PM
- ‘Stranger Things’ season 3 trailer teases a wet, hot American summer Monday 4:02 PM
- What Daenerys’ biggest ‘Game of Thrones’ scenes have in common with Nazi propaganda Monday 3:12 PM
- Here’s what’s coming to Amazon Prime in June Monday 2:11 PM
- Where did Jon Snow go? Unpacking the ‘Game of Thrones’ ending Monday 2:04 PM
- So, did anyone actually win ‘Game of Thrones’? Monday 1:29 PM
- The surprising religious subtext of ‘John Wick: Chapter 3’ Monday 12:53 PM
- Robin Arryn got hot—and the internet is seriously shook Monday 12:40 PM
- Tana Mongeau is going to VidCon a year after TanaCon disaster Monday 12:12 PM
- What have 2020 Democrats said about Alabama’s abortion ban? Monday 11:36 AM
- People keep throwing milkshakes at the U.K.’s far-right politicians Monday 11:10 AM
The director still won’t confirm whether Ben Affleck will star, though.
Warner Bros.’ DC franchise schedule is kind of chaotic at the moment, with numerous movies in development with no confirmation that they’ll actually get made. Among those is The Batman, which was originally going to be written and directed by Ben Affleck but now has a new writer/director—and the film may even cast a new lead actor.
War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves replaced Affleck in February 2017, scrapping Affleck’s script to start from scratch. Following the dubious response to Justice League, there’s been speculation that Affleck will leave the franchise entirely, and that Matt Reeves’ The Batman will recast the role. This week at a Television Critics Association panel, Reeves finally shed some light on what’s going on. Here are the most important takeaways:
He won’t confirm whether Affleck is still involved
While Reeves says he’s still in contact with Affleck, he didn’t actually confirm that Affleck will play Batman again. He also gave an intriguingly ambiguous answer about The Batman‘s connection to previous DCEU movies: “We’re one piece of many pieces so I don’t want to comment on that except to say that I’m focused very specifically on this aspect of the DC world.” With Warner Bros. moving ahead with standalone movies like Joker, it’s entirely plausible that The Batman could be an unconnected spinoff with a new actor or a standalone movie with little connection to Justice League.
It’s not a Year One adaptation
Responding to the persistent rumor that The Batman would adapt the Year One comics, Reeves said: “We are definitely not doing Year One.” This makes sense, given that Year One is about Bruce Wayne’s first year as Batman, and we already have Batman Begins for that. (Plus, Ben Affleck is not exactly young.)
It’s a ‘noir-driven’ Batman story
Lining up with previous comments about The Batman taking inspiration from Alfred Hitchcock, Reeves described his idea as “noir-driven” and “emotional.” It sounds like more of a detective story than recent Batman movies, with the hero investigating a case that “takes us out into the world of Gotham.”
He expects to finish the first draft of the screenplay in the next couple of weeks, meaning the movie could go into production surprisingly soon. In Reeves’ words, “hopefully in the spring or early summer” of 2019.
H/T to Slashfilm
Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested. Follow her on Twitter: @Hello_Tailor