I’ll admit, I’m a bit of a DC fanboy. While I don’t really follow DC Comics much anymore, or any comics for that matter, I have been ridiculously intrigued and immensely impressed by what Warner Bros. and DC have done with their shared film universe. While even I will agree that the shared “cinematic universe” as a whole did feel a bit forced at some point and I do feel like Warner Bros. should’ve waited perhaps one or two more movies before releasing Justice League, but they didn’t and ultimately, it didn’t matter as Aquaman has killed it at the worldwide box office taking in well over a billion dollars.
While I do believe that biggest and best weapon within Warner’s and DC’s arsenal have been their excellent casting. Honestly, who else can play Wonder Woman if not Gal Gadot? Who thought Jason Mamoa would be the one to bring Aquaman to life? Honestly, is Henry Cavil not this generations Superman? As on point as the casting has been thus far, no actor has really captured the look of the comics as well as balancing the recognizability of the actor presence like Ben Affleck and his portrayal of the Batman.
While plenty of people were…well, I’ll just say they were upset at the news of Ben Affleck’s Batman, he was arguably the best part of his debut Batman effort with 2016’s Batman v Superman. I’ll skip over all the details of fan backlash and a Batman film that Ben Affleck was supposed to direct and star in titled “The Batman”. By this point, there has been so much said about this movie and it’s many hurtles that I just can’t bring a new spin on it. The long and short of it though is that Ben Affleck dropped out of the director’s chair while still being committed to starring in the film. He was replaced by director Matt Reeves, director of the most recent Planet of the Apes sequels. While most viewed this as a good thing, I was always uneasy about this news as I was really hoping to see what Ben Affleck had up his sleeve for the Caped Crusader, and director Matt Reeves came in and changed everything, by being committed to giving viewers another film/films about a younger Batman and not the already established, Dark Knight Returns-style Bats we have only recently been introduced to.
While the past few months/almost years since Matt Reeves was brought on as a director, there has seemingly been very, very little forward movement on the new Batman film and given the success of films like Wonder Woman and Aquaman, I had begun to wonder whether there was even a need for another Batman movie right now.
And then this happened…
Followed by this…
So, thanks to Twitter, we have confirmation that a Batman film is indeed going to happen with Reeves at the helm and Affleck has hung up his cape and cowl. While it does break my heart a bit that we won’t see a Ben Affleck led Batman film, it is good to see a director get a job and an actor move on to more fulfilling ventures. We all know by now that Warner’s and DC know how to make a Batman film. By now, we shouldn’t be worried about another Batman film. What we should be excited for is the upcoming Shazam film starring Zachary Levi. Wonder Woman ’84 from director Patty Jenkins and a Joker film coming in October of his year. Not to mention Suicide Squad 2 and Birds of Prey and so much more.