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Di­rec­tor Matt Reeves star­ring Ben Af­fleck eta TBC

Batman V Su­per­man: Dawn Of Jus­tice and Sui­cide Squad had ma­jor is­sues, but a griz­zled Ben Af­fleck as the Dark Knight wasn’t one of them. And so it was that solo movie The Batman – to be di­rected by Af­fleck him­self – was some­thing to get ex­cited about… un­til he pulled out of the helm­ing gig in Jan­uary, cit­ing ex­haus­tion. Af­ter an ini­tial fan-frenzy (is Af­fleck be­ing sacked as Batman?), the ship – or rather Bat Boat – has now stead­ied. Matt Reeves (Clover­field, War For The Planet Of The Apes) is in the va­cated chair and is work­ing on a new script, while Af­fleck is still wear­ing the cowl, not a scowl.

“Wel­come to the Bat­cave, Matt Reeves,” Af­fleck tweeted on 23 Fe­bru­ary, and vo­cally put minds at ease at Comic-Con in July: “Batman is the coolest part in any uni­verse. Let me be very clear – I am the luck­i­est guy in the world. I’m so thrilled to do it.” Re­gards the plot, next to noth­ing is known at present. Joe Man­ganiello (True Blood, Magic Mike) signed on as as­sas­sin Death­stroke, while there are ru­mours that it will in­cor­po­rate el­e­ments of sto­ry­line ‘A Death In The Fam­ily’, con­cern­ing the death of the sec­ond Robin, Ja­son Todd. But it’s up in the air since Reeves started afresh. JG

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