As the DCEU limps along thanks to renewed interest via HBO Max releasing ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League,’ we are now being told that Warner Bros. will attempt to juggle not one, but two Batman franchises.
According to Small Screen, DC Films’ acting head Walter Hamada said in an interview that a theatrical series based on the unreleased Matt Reeves‘ directed ‘The Batman,’ while the other will be set in the DCEU and streamed on HBO Max. Robert Pattinson is slated to appear in The Batman and while Ben Affleck reprises his version of the Guardian of Gotham in the recut Justice League and later in the upcoming “The Flash,” after which it is unlikely he will return for future DCEU projects.
“I don’t think anyone else has ever attempted this, but audiences are sophisticated enough to understand it,” Hamada said in an interview with the New York Times. “If we make good movies, they will go with it.”
Both Robert Pattinson and Ben Affleck have divided fans. Pattinson’s rumored antics on the set have created a sour taste while Affleck’s rising on-screen body count, along with Snyder’s vulgar justification of it, have split fans right down the middle. However, it seems both actors have overstayed their welcome. There are rumors that Reeves’ frustration with Pattinson is so high, he’s already recast him for a sequel. Meanwhile, Affleck’s “wanting to move on” may have sabotaged renewed hope his “Batman Vs. Deathstroke” project will get made on HBO Max.
DC Films needs to choose their Batman and go forward with it. Similar to James Bond, let Batman have a standalone film series and replace him ever so often. There is plenty of lore from Gotham City to make this happen. If a Justice League franchise requires his presence, let the director decide who to cast, whether it be a current actor or a new one.
No matter what, Warner Bros. seems intent on failing up when it comes to the film adaptions of their DC Comics characters. This will hurt the Batman, at least when it comes to live-action features. Fans will find solace in his animated features as they have done when in the past.
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