We’re only a few hours from the official release of Justice League, but some attention has jumped ahead to director Matt Reeves’ planned take on The Dark Knight with his solo movie The Batman. Ben Affleck, the most recent actor to don the cape and cowl, just said he’s looking for “a graceful and cool way to segue out of” the role. And now a new rumor has surfaced that claims Reeves has someone in mind to take over the role of the Caped Crusader if Affleck decides to step down – and the new contender was actually a candidate for the role before Christian Bale was cast in Batman Begins.
Again, I want to heavily stress that this is nothing more than a rumor, but I feel like it could provide a nice jumping off point for conversation, so let’s indulge it for a minute. The host of The John Campea Show claims he spoke with a couple of his sources and heard that Reeves wants Jake Gyllenhaal to take on the Bat-mantle. Campea says his source told him, “Yes, that is the name that’s been floated, there have been some conversations, but it’s not a sure thing that this is happening.”
Let’s assume this rumor is true. Affleck himself has openly stated that he’s looking for a way out, so anyone holding out hope that he’ll stick around and play Batman again in another few movies is probably on the road to imminent disappointment. (Remember when Affleck was co-writing the script and was even going to direct The Batman? That feels like so long ago.)