As of.. I dont know, 6 or so hours ago, it has been reported by many news sources. Ben Affleck has said.. “I’ll Be the Bat. But I Won’t Direct.”
Not his exact words. I think His exact words sounded more like this..
“There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions. 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.”
Then, WB added their own statment..
“Warner Bros. fully supports Ben Affleck’s decision and remains committed to working with him to bring a standalone Batman picture to life,”
Along with this piece of news. Reports are circulating that there is already a short list of Directors set to be approached for the job. On top of that list is “DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES” and the upcoming follow up, “WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES” Matt Reeves,
He was also the man behind ‘Cloverfield’ as well. But with Films like the Ape movies on his resume, I like the idea of Matt Reeves to be the guy. I like it a lot.
Naturally, the geek community is in a bit of an uproar. But everyone needs to remember He’s still Batman. He’s still Producing and He’s still writing the movie. So hes still very much attached to The Batman movie. It makes sence that he decided not to direct. That is a very heavy and difficult job. Affleck has also stated that BvS was a new type of movie making experiance.
He has stated that BvS was a new and unique movie making experiance. If you havent noticed, most of his movies arent very special effects heavy. ‘Argo’, ‘The Town’, just to name a couple of his most Recent, are what can be considered practical movies. No heavy speacial effects.
That can make one think, that a Batman movie set to be made like how these movies are made now.. Could have proven as too much of a challenge for him as a director. So perhaps its for the best that he doesnt direct. Let him focus on the role and all the other things.
In closing.. Ben Affleck is still Batman. He will not direct. And Matt Reeves of Planet Of The Apes is probably the front runner for the directing chair. And The Batman movie is still going to happen.
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