Rumor Patrol: Will Any of These People Direct 'The Batman'?

Rumor Patrol: Will Any of These People Direct 'The Batman'?

Feb 01, 2017

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

When Ben Affleck stepped down from directing the Batman solo movie, provisionally titled The Batman, it was as if he turned on the Bat-Signal. Instantly, reactions flooded forth from around the world, both positive and negative.

While battle broke out about whether or not this was a positive step in the right direction, others considered who might be a good fit for the project. As we noted, studio veteran Matt Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes) and actor turned indie director Matt Ross (Captain Fantastic) were the first names reported to be on a short list of candidates. Reeves has directed several big-budget projects, while Ross has only made two indie features so far, so Reeves would appear to be the more favored candidate. But perhaps he wants to do a different kind of movie, rather than another blockbuster production?

Who else is under consideration? Three more candidates have been rumored, according to Forbes.


Rumored Candidates

The Accountant

Gavin O'Connor

O'Connor just directed Affleck in The Accountant (above) and previous to that he stepped in as director on short notice for Natalie Portman's Western Jane Got a Gun. This past November, however, he was announced as director of a gritty reboot of The Green Hornet, fulfilling a lifelong ambition. Would his schedule allow him to do both? Not likely.


Denis Villeneuve

Right now, Villeneuve is possibly Hollywood's hottest director, based on the success of Sicario and Arrival, as well as the giant enthusiasm for the upcoming Blade Runner 2049. Recently, it was reported that he was in early talks to helm a new version of sci-fi epic Dune, a dream project for him. Making a superhero movie, though, would mark a major change from his films up to this point, so this possibility is not likely.


George Miller

Warner Bros. distributed Miller's last movie, Mad Max: Fury Road, and in the past he was ready to direct a Justice League movie before the project fell apart. Given that Miller is about to turn 72, does he want to spend two or three years making the latest installment of a superhero franchise? Not likely.


Fantasy Candidates

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Zack Snyder

Snyder is familiar with both the character and the actor, argues Heat Vision. Once he finishes Justice League, due in theaters on November 17, Snyder is expected to direct The Last Photograph and then tackle Justice League 2, currently slated for release on June 24, 2019. If he took on The Batman, that would likely bump the Justice League sequel back to 2020, at least.


Jeremy Saulnier

Asked for his pick, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn suggested Saulnier, who directed the terrific indie dramas Blue Ruin and Green Room. Saulnier is expected to begin production on his next film, Hold the Dark, on February 27 for Netflix. Is Warner Bros. willing to wait for him?


Kevin Smith

Smith famously wrote two versions of a script for Superman Lives, a project intended for Tim Burton to direct in the 1990s. That never got off the ground. Recently, though, Smith has directed episodes of TV's The Flash and Supergirl, so might he be considered? Here is how Smith replied to an inquiry on social media.


Who do you want to see direct a Batman solo movie?

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