The Batman: How Matt Reeves’ vision changes everything

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Matt Reeves’ vision may not include Ben Affleck

Tim Burton had Michael Keaton, Chris Nolan had Christian Bale, and Zack Snyder had Ben Affleck. Each director had a chance to handpick the man behind the mask. Why shouldn’t Matt Reeves be afforded the same opportunity?

For starters, Reeves could venture into the early exploits of Bruce Wayne, which means his film will predate the current DCEU timeline. So, what if Matt Reeves wanted to go younger? In fact, there were rumors circulating that Reeves wanted to cast an actor younger than Ben Affleck.

One of the names that surfaced was Jake Gyllenhaal. However, he’s moved on to the MCU. Still, the idea does lend itself to the type of actor we can expect to see, one who is transformative, like Christian Bale. It could be someone like Michael Fassbender, Oscar Isaac, Josh Harnett, or Wes Bentley, to name a few.

Again, those were just rumors. If they prove valid, it doesn’t mean there isn’t room for Affleck’s Batman in the DCEU or even in Reeves’ film. As a matter of fact, Affleck, in classic detective film noir fashion, could lend his voice in narration.

Of course, fans will point to the de-aging technology as a means to keep Ben Affleck. It makes sense considering how well it worked for  Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2  and Ant-Man and the Wasp.