It’s no secret that Ben Affleck’s solo Batman film, The Batman, has had its ups and downs. Starting with script rewrites and tinkering and then moving on to the intense pressure Affleck felt to make the best possible film he could while both directing and starring as the lead, The Batman has been the subject of intense scrutiny, intensified in part by the critical drubbing of Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Affleck had become more vocal about the status of the film in recent weeks, even going so far as to assure fans that he was still directing the movie less than a month ago. That all changed on January 30th when it was announced that Ben Affleck would no longer be directing the film, but would stay on as actor and producer. In a released statement, Affleck said:
“There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions. Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give. It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require. Together with the studio, I have decided to find a partner in a director who will collaborate with me on this massive film. I am still in this, and we are making it, but we are currently looking for a director. I remain extremely committed to this project, and look forward to bringing this to life for fans around the world.”
With Ben Affleck stepping out of the director’s chair (and a rumoured shortlist for his replacement already online), I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the top five prospects for directing The Batman.