The DCEU is currently riding a wave of success with Aquaman as the James Wan-directed movie nears a global box office of $1 billion. However, the future of the current incarnation of Batman in the DCEU is still uncertain with reports surfacing that Ben Affleck is officially done playing the Dark Knight (more on that in a moment). Confusion over who will be donning the cowl aside, Warner Bros are gearing up for a November start date for Matt Reeves' long-gestating The Batman.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Matt Reeves has turned in his final draft of the script, and the studio bigwigs are more than happy with the results. Previously, Reeves had hinted that The Batman would center on a younger version of the character, but there hasn't been much in the way of updates over the last few months. Instead, the bulk of the attention has been on the Ben Affleck's involvement in the franchise. Originally, Affleck was set to write, produce, direct, and star in the Batman solo movie. Those plans were put on hold back in 2017 with Affleck stepping down as director;
“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.”
A couple of months on from Affleck's comments and Warner Bros enlisted the services of Matt Reeves to start the script from scratch. While this might not be a popular opinion, I thought Affleck's nearly psychotic Batman in Dawn of Justice was the best thing about the movie. I don't say that as a backward compliment, I genuinely enjoyed his take on the character. That said, all of that was undone with Justice League, so maybe it's best to let somebody new take on the mantle.
In the meantime, the DCEU is looking bright with 2019 bringing us Shazam, and an 80s set Joker standalone movie starring Joaquin Pheonix as the Clown Prince of Crime. Looking further ahead, Wonder Woman 1984 reunites Gal Gadot with director Patty Jenkins for the eagerly awaited sequel. More on The Batman as it breaks.