The true hero of Gotham City has a production date finally set, and the countdown begins on who will play Bruce Wayne in Matt Reeves’ The Batman.
Walter Hamada’s vision of Warner Bros’. DC Extended Universe made a big splash with Aquaman. Shazam! is up next, with lofty expectations, as Zachary Levi warms our hearts and tickles our funny bones on April 5, 2019. Soon after, fans will get a deeper look at Gotham City when Birds of Prey (And The Fabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) open on Feb. 7, 2020.
With the DCEU turning toward Gotham, one can’t help but wonder what’s happening with Matt Reeves The Batman. After all, the last news to hit the web was WB ordering Reeves to rewrite the script. Well, we have some more news. According to THR’s Heat Vision newsletter, production on The Batman will start in November 2019 as opposed to the summer production date, Reeves preciously hoped for:
"“The script is basically in, although Reeves will continue tweaking it and working on it. And I’m hearing the studio wants to start shooting in November.”"
With a new production date set later in the year, there’s only one question on fans’ minds: Will Ben Affleck return as Batman? Heat Vision’s Aaron Couch doesn’t think so and understandably so. But is he right?
For a while, there have been conflicting and convoluted reports about the status of Ben Affleck’s Batman. There were some sites reporting Affleck’s departure from the role, while others stated that Affleck still wants to play Batman.
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As reported by Collider in 2018, Reeves’ script focused on a younger Bruce Wayne. Naturally, reports surfaced of the studio looking to recast the Dark Knight. But, there’s a way to have a younger Bruce Wayne and Ben Affleck.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has benefited greatly from the de-aging of older actors. Both, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Ant-Man and The Wasp used de-aging CGI to perfection. Ben Affleck is very passionate about Batman, and he has major support from fans. Why can’t the DCEU do the same with Ben Affleck? In fact, we’ve already seen fans like @LandonOLeary toy with the idea.
The other alternative, of course, is casting a younger actor for Reeves Batman — we have some ideas. Meanwhile, Affleck can stay on as a modern, older take of the hero. Obviously, there is more than one way to depict a bat. Now that WB has a definitive production date, there’s no room left for maybe’s. It’s time we get an answer on who will play Bruce Wayne in Matt Reeves The Batman.