Details surrounding director Matt Reeves' The Batman have suggested the film will act as a reboot for the titular character, featuring a younger Bruce Wayne. While the film will reportedly still be set within the Worlds of DC, current Batman Ben Affleck's involvement remains shrouded in mystery, with the actor flipping back and forth between hanging up the cowl and continuing on as the Caped Crusader.
According to /Film, during an appearance at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, Reeves coyly addressed the rumors that Ben Affleck would be replaced in The Batman. Reeves noted that he is still in contact with Affleck, but would not confirm nor deny who would be portraying Batman in the film.
"There are ways in which all of this connects to DC, to the DC universe as well," said Reeves. "We're one piece of many pieces, so I don't want to comment on that except to say that I'm focused very specifically on this aspect of the DC world."
Affleck has repeatedly cast doubt upon his continued appearance within the DC Universe as Bruce Wayne/Batman, leading to speculation that Jake Gyllenhaal would be taking over the role in Reeves' The Batman. Affleck was originally set to write, direct and star in the film.
Gyllenhaal has since denied reports that he would be taking on the role, while Jon Hamm has reportedly been gunning for the role. On top of all of that, past reports have suggested Reeves would be replacing Affleck, though his comments now have thrown the whole situation even further up in the air.
Written and directed by Matt Reeves, The Batman does not currently have a release date.