As Batman getting closer to release, some of the talk about Matt Reeves ’upcoming film is what the film almost finished. Namely, that he was originally supposed to act and direct it Ben AffleckThe Dark Knight of DCEU before Casting of Robert Pattinson.
In an interview with Esquire Middle East, Reeves talked about how he was initially approached by Warner Bros. to direct Affleck’s version of the film when the actor could no longer commit to directing duties. Seeing the script, Reeves called him “totally valid” and “almost James Bond-ian,” with deep connections to DCEU and the emergence of characters from other films and comics. (At least one of them we know would be in the end Deathstroke Joe Mangianella.) Reeves enjoyed the script, but he also knew it wasn’t a character takeover he wanted to do.
Fully willing to reject Warner Bros., Reeves later explained that he wanted his approach to the character to be something “personal”. He described his offer to the WB, the one he had been cooking in his head for a long time, as if the film had made a story about Batman. “I would like to find a way to get the story to the core. It won’t be another story of origin, not with Ben already in the character. ” Reeves admitted he was also surprised by the WB’s willingness to work with him; at the time he was working on the third Monkey planet the film and wouldn’t even reveal what his story would actually be about. Ali WB really wanted to work with him and let him finish his duties.
By the time Reeves was ready Batman, things hit a mess in the form of Affleck’s decision to abandon DC movies altogether to focus on sober. From that moment on, history remained: Pattinson is now in the house; and Affleck has now moved on to other projects, and is also suitable for One Last Time for Flash. It seems that everything worked out for everyone involved in the long run, but I will not lie, it would be interesting to see what the movie “James Bond” Batman would be like. Maybe they could find a way to do it running in front of the Batsignal look epic as an introduction to Bond’s gun barrel.
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