Tenenenen, tenenenen... the date has been set for the next Batman film! Everyone's favorite masked crusader will return to the big screen June 25, 2021, but as it turns out, Ben Affleck won't be involved.
Deadline reports Batfleck is passing his cape to another actor, but not for the reason you might think. It's no secret Affleck was on the brink of retiring from the role (his performances in Batman v Superman, Suicide Squad, and Justice League were not well-received) but according to reports, the new standalone Batman film will revolve around a much younger Bruce Wayne and, well, Affleck is not exactly in the summertime of his life.
In a tweet, Affleck seemed excited about someone new taking over the bat cave. As a matter of fact, he broke the news himself.
"Excited for #TheBatman in Summer 2021 and to see @MattReevesLA vision come to life," he wrote on Wednesday, January 31.
The upcoming Batman film was written and directed by Matt Reeves, who's best known for directing Cloverfield and two Planet of the Apes movies. Reeves became attached to the project in February 2017, when he was tasked to take over for Affleck. It's not that Batfleck botched the project — according to reports, he gave The Batman script his all, but eventually realized he wasn't the right fit.
In 2016, he said he didn't like the pressure that came with writing and directing The Batman, and that compelled him to give up control.
"Superhero movies get the level of attention that is nothing like any film I've done. You cast the 14th lead in these movies and the Internet goes crazy," Affleck told USA Today. "I understand and embrace that. That’s part of the pressure that comes with doing it. That’s why I am not going to do it, unless I really feel confident about it."
Wondering what's next for Affleck? The actor is moving on to other exciting projects, and neither involve leather suits. He'll star in the movie adaptation of Kate Alicbothe Marshall‘s I Am Still Alive, as well as Warner Bros' upcoming film Torrance.
Reeves seems to be the perfect director to inherit Batman. He plans on bringing an "epic and emotional" take to the tale of the world's greatest detective.
"I have loved the Batman story since I was a child," he said when his involvement was announced. "He is such an iconic and compelling character, and one that resonates with me deeply. I am incredibly honored and excited to be working with Warner Bros. to bring an epic and emotional new take on the Caped Crusader to the big screen."
According to Variety, studio execs are happy with Reeves' work so far. The director is reportedly fine-tuning his script before he casts the film.
In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Reeves shared what fans should expect from his take.
"It's very much a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale," he said. "It's told very squarely on his shoulders, and I hope it's going to be a story that will be thrilling but also emotional. It's more Batman in his detective mode than we've seen in the films. The comics have a history of that. He's supposed to be the world's greatest detective, and that's not necessarily been a part of what the movies have been. I'd love this to be one where when we go on that journey of tracking down the criminals and trying to solve a crime, it's going to allow his character to have an arc so that he can go through a transformation."
Now, the search is on. The role of Batman is up for grabs at this point — but we have some ideas.