As you may already know, some more bad news has arrived regarding the Batman solo movie. For reasons unknown, director Matt Reeves has reportedly exited talks to helm the picture. This is no doubt upsetting, especially when considering that many saw Reeves as a perfect fit after seeing his work on the Apes franchise. The Hollywood Reporter was quick to point out that “once things cool off talks between Reeves and Warner Bros. could resume,” which to me suggests that Reeves is very busy at the moment with post-production on the upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes. Nevertheless, the departure of Reeves means the director’s chair is once again vacant.
Over the years, Batman has become one of the most bankable characters for the comic book genre, and therefore is the most important solo character for Warner Bros. and their DC property. Keeping that in mind, along with the current state of the DCEU, it would be in the studio’s best interest to not screw up a Batman movie. That means taking your time on the project, instead of giving us the movie as quickly as possible.
Now why in the world would Warner Bros. rush a Batman movie into production?
To get that answer, I point to the reception of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Whether you loved the film or hated it, we can all agree that Ben Affleck was great as both Bruce Wayne and Batman. If you have a silver lining on a much divisive film, then you capitalize on that, which is exactly what Warner Bros. is doing. But at what cost?
The idea of a Batman movie, produced, written, directed, and starring Affleck sounds like a match made in heaven. However, the audience and studio’s demand for that movie is extremely high. This puts the pressure on directors like Reeves and Affleck, who want to take their time on the project, to move quickly on making the film. Their hesitance puts Warner Bros. in an uncomfortable position by having the studio choose between creativity and money. Nine times out of ten, a studio’s priority is money. I’m personally against that mindset, which is so easy for me to say as a fan/consumer. Doesn’t change the fact that Warner Bros. needs to slow down and get the Batman solo movie right, even if it means pushing it to a 2019 release. In the meantime, let The Bat make brief appearances in Suicide Squad 2, Gotham City Sirens, and have prominent roles in the Justice League films. We can never have enough Batman.
As for us comic book fans, we have to stop treating every bit of news we hear as a fact.
There have been so many speculation articles on the development of the Batman solo movie, with several credible sites, some high profile confirming news through sources close to the project. A few of these speculative reports have actually contradicted others (i.e. Batman script getting a page one rewrite), thus confusing the hell out of us all. The fact is, since Affleck has announced his departure as director on the Batman film, neither him nor Warner Bros. has confirmed anything regarding the script getting a page one rewrite, Matt Reeves being selected to helm the picture, or any of the other rumors online.
As a big fan of the DCEU, to see a project followed so closely by so many sites and blogs who’ll speculate on what’s happening and present it as a fact, it’s very frustrating. Considering journalism is currently in an era of click bait and fake news, I’m not surprised that following the development on the Batman solo movie, that it has turned into a f*cking headache, as both a fan and a blogger. Therefore, from this point on anything not confirmed by Warner Bros., the filmmakers, or Ben Affleck will be taken with a MAJOR grain of salt, almost to the point where I won’t even bother addressing it.
Bottom line, it’s time to go back to the basic rule: unless the news comes from the studio or filmmakers, it’s not official. I don’t need a speculative update every week on how The Batman solo-movie is developing. And I also have no problem waiting another year or two, if it means getting a great Batman movie, because I care deeply about this movie. Hopefully, Warner Bros. feels the same way.