Most people were pretty excited for Ben Affleck’s take on The Batman. The first ever Dark Knight film with a wider DC universe is in turmoil, but there is renewed hope with Matt Reeves in line to take over. However, it sounds like Warner Bros. aren’t putting all their eggs in that basket, they’ve picked out some back-up choices who could also step in. Apparently, Alien: Covenant director Ridley Scott is on that list.
THR have reported that Reeves is the first choice to take over The Batman. However, in case he doesn’t want to trade in a world of CGI apes for a guy in a bat costume, WB have picked out some other names. We’ve heard that George Miller and Denis Villeneuve were being considered, but two new names were mentioned; Ridley Scott and Fede Alvarez.
Alvarez directed last year’s Don’t Breathe, but his lack of blockbuster experience probably counts against him. Despite his struggles, it’s easy to see why they’d want someone like Scott on board. He’s had a hit and miss record, but the Blade Runner director is clearly talented. However, it’s not likely that he wants the job.
Scott kicked off 2017 by declaring that superhero films are, “not my kind of thing”. He also revealed he’s turned down several opportunities to direct a comic book film. The man who brought us Prometheus said, “I can’t believe in the thin, gossamer tightrope of the non-reality of the situation of the superhero.”
After that, he took a clear shot at Batman v Superman when explaining how Blade Runner was basically his comic book film. “Blade Runner really is a comic strip when you think about it,” he told Digital Spy. “It’s a dark story told in an unreal world. You could almost put Batman or Superman in that world, that atmosphere, except I’d have a fucking good story, as opposed to no story!”
It’s hard to see WB backing a man who took a shot at the flagship DCEU film. At this rate, those who signed the Zack Snyder petition might actually get their wish.
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