Following the announcement that Ben Affleck won't direct the upcoming "Batman" solo film, fans have started to speculate on who will replace Affleck behind the camera. One big name garnering attention is, of course, Kevin Smith -- a fan favorite director that loves Batman so much he even hosts his own podcast dedicated to the character ("Fatman on Batman"). Smith has also entered the comic book world by directing episodes of the CW's "Flash" and "Supergirl" and he also has a history with Ben Affleck; the actor, who will still play Batman in the upcoming solo film, worked with Smith on films like "Chasing Amy" and "Jersey Girl."
Those qualifications haven't slipped past fans, who have brought them to the attention of Smith himself. Smith, in turn, has responded with three reasons why he is not the guy to direct "The Batman."
Smith points out that while he's worked with Affleck in the past, he hasn't spoken with him in years. He also jokes that the guy that directed a low-budget horror film like "Yoga Hosers" shouldn't handle Batman, and common sense -- presumably of the higher-ups at Warner Bros. -- will keep him out of the director's chair. Instead, rumors are circulating that "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" director Matt Reeves is at the top of Warner Bros. list of replacement directors.
Along with the announcement that he won't direct the solo "Batman" film, Affleck released a statement about his decision.
“There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions. Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give. It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require. Together with the studio, I have decided to find a partner in a director who will collaborate with me on this massive film. I am still in this, and we are making it, but we are currently looking for a director. I remain extremely committed to this project, and look forward to bringing this to life for fans around the world.”
Regardless of when we’ll see “The Batman,” Affleck’s Caped Crusader next appears in “Justice League,” due to hit theaters on Nov. 17 and directed by Zack Snyder.
“The Batman” also stars Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon and Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke. The film hasn’t been given a release date.