Who will direct the next “Batman” film? That’s the question on everyone’s lips since the upcoming film’s director, Ben Affleck, stepped down this Monday to focus on finishing the script and, eventually, reprising the starring role. Affleck reiterated his dedication to the character, stating, "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." The question is, then, who will Warner Bros. tap to direct “The Batman”?
Rumors have already started working their way through social media. Just yesterday, “Variety” reporter Justin Kroll tweeted that “Cloverfield” director Matt Reeves was on Warner Bros.’ shortlist for potential replacements, while names like Matt Ross, George Miller, Denis Villeneuve, David Fincher and Gavin O’Connor have also bubbled up.
Affleck’s departure from “The Batman” is just the most recent in a long line of directorial changeups that have rippled through DC Films’ rocky cinematic universe. “The Flash” has already lost two directors -- Rick Famuyiwa in October and Seth Grahame-Smith earlier that year -- while “Wonder Woman” saw Patty Jenkins step in to fill the director’s chair vacated by Michelle MacLaren in 2015.