Over the past 24 hours or so, we’ve been getting major updates about the highly anticipated Batman film, simply titled The Batman, set to be directed by Matt Reeves. The biggest news, of course, is that Ben Affleck will not be returning as the Dark Knight of Gotham in Reeves’ film. Instead, the Dawn of / War For the Planet of the Apes director is looking for a new actor to embody the Caped Crusader, reportedly someone within the 25 to 30-year-old age group.
As a result, fans have been making fantasy lists and speculating who the next Batman might be. Well, it looks like Justin Kroll from Variety might have given us another clue. Check out his tweet below:
THE BATMAN: this sounds like it could move faster then people would expect with the date set. Hearing studio wants a familiar face and Reeves has his certain age in mind and that age is very specific like I said two names within 7 years of each other; "Too young, too Old'
— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) February 1, 2019
Okay fine, maybe it isn’t that big of a clue. But considering how excited we are for this film, we’ll take anything. That said, Kroll’s tweet is interesting for a number of reasons. For one, it looks like Warner Bros and Reeves are going all out with this project, working as fast as they can to meet the June 2021 release date.
But what really gets us excited are the words “familiar face” which could very well indicate that they’re going for a big movie star, or maybe even a popular face from television. While fans have been suggesting names like Armie Hammer, Oscar Isaac and Jon Hamm, none of these actors fit the bill as far as age group is concerned.
Matt Reeves has gone on record to say that his film will be very different from the previous Batman films, including the Christopher Nolan ones. The Batman is said to be a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale that will be both thrilling and emotional. It will explore the “world’s greatest detective” aspect of the Batman character, an aspect that has largely been ignored in the live-action films thus far.
Source: Justin Kroll of Variety