Director Matt Reeves has got the chops. His WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES is magnificent, as was its predecessor. LET ME IN was fabulous. CLOVERFIELD was great. In short, it’s a good thing, a very good thing, that he is the guy now in control of Batman’s cinematic future. He hints at a potential new trilogy. We NEED a new Christopher Nolan to take the reins, and this guy might just be it. I’ll go out on a limb and say that he IS it. He’s the writer/director Gotham needs, Gotham deserves.
Where does this leave Ben Affleck? Reeves has scrapped Affleck’s script altogether and is starting from scratch. I’m gonna step out onto another limb here and make a prediction: I think we’ve seen the end of Ben Affleck as Batman. I think his half-crazy burnout version of Batman will retire after the Justice League movie. I think we’ll see a new actor cast in the role. And I think the final result, the final film, will be better for it. Affleck is a talented writer and director himself, and I would have liked to see what he would have done with the project. I have confidence, though, as to where Matt Reeves is going to take us, that it will be a good place. As to what this means for the future of the DC cinematic universe overall, and the Justice League franchise in particular, that’s a really interesting question, isn’t it?