Batman has appeared in various incarnations throughout the DC Extended Universe. Ben Affleck was the latest celebrity to don the iconic black cape - that is, until Robert Pattinson was cast in The Batman. Apparently, director Matt Reeves was in the running to direct Ben Affleck, but he turned the script down. Why? It all came down to personal taste.
In an interview with Esquire, Matt Reeves explained his reasoning behind turning down Ben Affleck’s version of Batman. He said:
Matt Reeves, who was in the middle of finishing War of the Planet of the Apes at the time, clearly had a very specific vision for any Batman project he decided to undergo. And while it’s true that there are many valid variations of Batman, it’s also true that a director should feel a personal connection to the script. Matt Reeves harbored no ill feelings towards Ben Affleck or Warner Bros. - he simply had a different take on the iconic character. He explained:
The Batman is certainly a more personal project for the acclaimed filmmaker. Matt Reeves’ stylish thriller is decidedly noir, and it’s a detective story almost more so than a superhero movie. His vision was so singular that the movie isn’t even part of the DCEU. Rather, The Batman provides an opportunity for Matt Reeves to explore a darker side of the Dark Knight without having to worry about inter-film continuity or the inclusion of extra comic book characters. Ben Affleck definitely played a valid Bruce Wayne - but there’s room for multiple versions of the Caped Crusader.
Matt Reeves’ The Batman is now playing in theaters everywhere. You can also check out Ben Affleck as Batman in Justice League and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice with your HBO Max subscription, or find out how his version of the Dark Knight stacks up against other Batman movies.
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