I may as well proceed this story with the words “riddle me this, riddle me that”. We still don’t really know what’s going on with Batman. Ben Affleck was going to direct and star in The Batman, but said during the Justice League press tour last autumn that he was looking for a “graceful and cool” way to quit as the character – only to partly backtrack a few months later and say that he still wanted “to direct a Batman movie”. By then it had been reported that Matt Reeves, who’d taken over the job of director for the new movie, was looking to cast his own Batman for what was intended to be a trilogy, and since then the industry press has tipped Jake Gyllenhaal as the leading candidate to replace Ben Affleck.
However, when asked about this in a new interview with ‘China News Asia’ the other day, he replied:
“Wow, that’s a very difficult question. The answer to that question is ‘no’!”
You can’t get much more clear than that – though I think it’s a shame, as Gyllenhaal is a superb actor and could bring a great deal to the part.