It’s official – Matt Reeves’ The Batman will arrive on June 25, 2021. That puts Batman back into his usual June/July home following a brief flirtation with different dates (Batman Vs Superman dropped in April and Justice League hit in November).
It would also seem to be official that Ben Affleck has departed the role, with the focus apparently being on a younger Bruce Wayne/Batman (something that we’ve pretty much known for years!). Affleck tweeted a link to Deadline’s story which mentioned his departure…
So much for “I would be a fucking ape on the ground for Matt Reeves”. Ahem.
Matt Reeves also opened up to The Hollywood Reporter about his vision for the film:
It’s very much a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale. It’s told very squarely on his shoulders, and I hope it’s going to be a story that will be thrilling but also emotional. It’s more Batman in his detective mode than we’ve seen in the films. The comics have a history of that. He’s supposed to be the world’s greatest detective, and that’s not necessarily been a part of what the movies have been. I’d love this to be one where when we go on that journey of tracking down the criminals and trying to solve a crime, it’s going to allow his character to have an arc so that he can go through a transformation.
Sounds like my kind of Batman film, but I’m disappointed that Affleck has left the role.