Deadline reports that Matt Reeves’ upcoming Batman film will likely move forward without Ben Affleck in the titular role and describes the DC film as a reboot.
Rumors that Affleck will not portray the Caped Crusader in Reeves’ standalone Batman film have persisted for over a year now, though there has been no official word on whether or not Affleck will reprise the role date. Now, the latest update from Deadline claims that not only will the Reeves’ Batman film likely move forward with a new actor playing the Dark Knight, but that the project will also reboot the franchise:
“with Matt Reeves rebooting Batman for a new standalone franchise, likely with a new actor to play the Caped Crusader after Ben Affleck’s stints in Batman V Superman and Justice League.”
Details on the plot for The Batman are currently under wraps, though it was recently reported that The Penguin is Warner Bros.’ top choice to be the villain of the film. Reeves was reported to be planning to search for a new actor to star as the Dark Knight, with rumors linking Jake Gyllenhaal and Jon Hamm to the role. However, Gyllenhaal has confirmed he will not be the next actor to don the cape and cowl.
The Batman is one of the many projects currently being developed by Warner Bros. and DC Films, along with a Flash standalone film, The New Gods, Man of Steel 2, Nightwing, Cyborg, Gotham City Sirens, Birds of Prey, Black Adam, Booster Gold, Justice League Dark, Green Lantern Corps, Suicide Squad 2, Batgirl, Blackhawk, and a standalone Joker origin film separate from the shared cinematic universe.
via Heroic Hollywood