Here's What The Next Batman Reboot Could Look Like
You could probably argue that Ben Affleck's turn as The Caped Crusader, not only through the fact that he had to follow on from Christian Bale but also due to the fact that his iteration of the character received next to no backstory, was doomed to fail at the start.
It doesn't help either that the movies he did star in were largely complete shite, but his performances as Batman — a weird spin on Christian Bale's gruff, gritty Batman with none of the character development to back it up — didn't do him any favours.
He won't go down as one of the worst Batman's ever, but he'll probably be one of the more forgettable.
Anyway, it seems as if both Warner Bros. and Affleck have jointly decided to pull the plug on the current iteration of Bruce Wayne, with Affleck himself announcing that he won't be returning as the character. However WB already have their sights set on reviving the character once more, and what they have in store is far more intriguing.
From what we know so far, Batman will once again return to the silver screen in Summer 2021, this time under the stewardship of Cloverfield and Rise of the Planet of the Apes helmsman Matt Reeves (who wrote and directed both of the aforementioned films).
However, unlike the DC Superhero films we've become accustomed to since the first Dark Knight films arrived, it's likely that the project known simply as The Batman will have more of a crime thriller vibe, taking on a more detective-y storyline that almost harks back to the crime-fighting capers of Adam West's Batman back in the day.
The film will likely have some film-noir vibes, and see the Batman step back into his long-held role as “the world’s greatest detective.” Reeves has previously alluded to this on his twitter, posting photos of classic Batman Memorabilia from the days that the character was as much of a mystery-solver as he was a crime fighter.
Casting and character details haven't been fleshed out yet, however rumours are already starting to spread about who might step into the wingsuit next.
According to The Hollywood Reporter though, it's likely that this far less hyper-realistic iteration of the Batman's story will see the return of a 'Rogues Gallery', which would see The Caped Crusader go up against a number of different villains with the goal of solving a single mystery.
Think more Watchmen than The Dark Knight, with the potential for more outlandish and sci-fi based villains than the more grounded films of the last few generations.