'The Batman' < 'Planet Of The Apes': Reeves, Get Out Before Ben Affleck Leaves You Holding The Bag

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The 'War for the Planet of the Apes' release date is July 14, 2017. 20th Century Fox

Ben Affleck doesn’t want to be Batman anymore, says Collider’s John Campea, who cites three sources to claim that “Ben Affleck, make no mistake, he does want out. He doesn’t want to be Batman anymore.” It would seem Affleck is so sick of Batman and/or Warner Bros. disastrous DC cinematic universe that he doesn’t even want to stick around to work with The Batman ’s newly announced director, Matt Reeves.

Reeves, get out before Ben Affleck leaves you holding the bag!

Reeves, who is in “early talks” to direct The Batman, directed both Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes. There’s every indication that he intends to make further sequels in the series. The Batman would necessitate either passing the Planet of the Apes series to a new director or inserting another lengthy delay in the Apes release schedule.

In case it isn’t obvious: Planet of the Apes > DC Cinematic Universe.

Though directing a Batman movie has its obvious appeal, Reeves should take a close look at the rate Warner Bros. chews through talented directors who sign on to their projects. Affleck is far from the first casualty. The Flash has so far failed to hold a director, after both Seth Grahame-Smith and Rick Famuyiwa (Dope) abandoned the project. While “creative differences” could mean anything, there seems to be something dysfunctional at the heart of Warner Bros. flailing efforts to recover after the money-making but reputation-damaging Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad.

For now it’s unclear what Reeves will even be able to accomplish with The Batman. Reports are conflicting over whether or not The Batman will shoot with the script Ben Affleck wrote with Geoff Johns, or if Reeves will have a blank slate. But either way, it’s probably not worth it. Get out Reeves! Get out!

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