For a second there, people thought that the new Batman film would really have Ben Affleck’s name all over it. His turn as the Caped Crusader in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was generally well-received. His directing chops have been proven with Argo. This was supposed to be the worthy follow-up to Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed Dark Knight trilogy.
So it’s understandable that fans were disappointed when Affleck stepped down as director to focus solely on the acting aspect of the film. That left the question: who’s taking over now?
That’s not even the biggest of Warner Bros Pictures’ issues regarding this version of Batman. In a recent Collider Movie Talk with filmmaker John Campea, he mentions that Ben Affleck no longer even wants to play Batman. “Ben Affleck, make no mistake… he does want out,” he says, citing at least three different people connected WB he has spoken with, “He doesn’t want to be Batman anymore.”
Campea naturally warns to take that information with a grain of salt. But if it is true, the new Batman director will have a pretty heavy responsibility: trying to convince Ben Affleck to extend his time in the cowl. So, who could possibly direct? Here are a few possible choices:
In the same Collider talk, Campea brought up Matt Reeves as a potential new director. Currently, he’s already in negotiations. Reeves is best known for Cloverfield and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, so his take will probably be appropriately dark.
But if negotiations don’t fall through with Reeves, who else could potentially take over?
Despite Suicide Squad failing to win the hearts of critics, it did make a few positive waves among DC’s passionate fanbase. Batfleck even showed up as a cameo in that film. And with Ayer already on board to direct Gotham City Sirens, getting him to direct Batman as well could be good for some organic unity in DC’s film universe.
Ayer has also already admitted to picking up a lot of lessons from his experience with Suicide Squad. That could be what he needs for a heavy-duty assignment like Batman.
Toronto Sun suggested a fascinating choice: James Wan, who directed Furious 7, as well as horror classics Insidious and Saw. Given his track record, him taking over Batman would likely introduce some outrageous action sequences. The film will need it, if it wants to stand out among the slew of superhero movies coming out in the next few years.
Christopher Nolan is also one of the best choices. Look at what happened the last time Nolan had his hands on Batman films! Okay, fine, this one is a bit of a reach. But fans probably wouldn’t mind.