Deadline is exclusively reporting that not only has Warner Bros. pencilled Matt Reeves’s DC film, The Batman, for a summer 2021 release, but that Ben Affleck has officially departed the project as the film will focus on a younger Bruce Wayne.
Matt Reeves was brought on board the project back in February 2017, taking over the reigns of directing the film that Ben Affleck was originally set to direct based on a script he wrote with Geoff Johns. Since then, Reeves has been adapting the script for The Batman along with Ben Affleck but unfortunately Affleck knew he wasn’t the right one for this version of The Dark Knight and a new search is underway. The ‘Ben Affleck Out’ story has been doing the rounds since the end of the Justice League film but now it’s official.
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) January 31, 2019
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Matt Reeves had this to say about the project:
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.
The Batman is scheduled for cinematic release on the 25th June 2021.