Ben Affleck’s future as the Caped Crusader is uncertain, paving the way for speculation that he will soon be replaced in the role. Now, a new rumor suggests that Nightcrawler star Jake Gyllenhaal is next in line for Batman.
John Campea has previously reported that Matt Reeves, the director attached to The Batman, has another actor in mind for the role. Now, Campea is reporting that actor to be Gyllenhaal, per the video below. This is, of course, only a rumor at this point and should be taken with a grain of salt.
Gyllenhaal auditioned for the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman back when casting began for Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins, but ultimately lost out to Christian Bale. His sister Maggie Gyllenhaal later appeared in its sequel, The Dark Knight. The big questions behind the rumor are whether the actor is willing to sign a multi-picture deal, and whether Warner Bros. would use the recasting as a reboot the DC Extended Universe or simply swap Affleck out for him.
Opening Nov. 17, Justice League stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Raymond Fisher as Cyborg, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Amber Heard as Mera and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.
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