‘The Batman’ Director Rumored to Want Jake Gyllenhaal if Ben Affleck Exits
After Justice League, the future of Ben Affleck’s Batman is looming question hanging over the DC Films Universe.
Ben Affleck, the most recent actor to don the cape and cowl, just said he’s looking for “a graceful and cool way to segue out of” the role. And now a new rumor has surfaced that claims director Matt Reeves has someone in mind to take over the role of the Caped Crusader if Affleck decides to step down – and the new contender was actually a candidate for the role before Christian Bale was cast in Batman Begins.
Rumor got a little closer to becoming fact just yesterday, when The Batman director Matt Reeves ominously revealed he already has a replacement for Affleck in mind! Now we may know who that replacement could be: Jake Gyllenhaal.
Gyllenhaal is about to turn 37 in December. Compared to Ben Affleck’s current age of 45, it’s enough age gap to revisit an earlier point in Batman’s twenty-year career before BvS and convincingly make the switch. In some ways, it would be easier than trying to use a similar approach with Affleck himself.
In addition to the loose cannon intensity Gyllenhaal could bring to the part, there would also be some nice mirroring going on if Gyllenhaal gets the role, because it would mean that both he and Superman actor Henry Cavill would have auditioned for those respective roles in earlier superhero films, didn’t get them, and then were ultimately cast in later movies. (Cavill auditioned for the scrapped Superman: Flyby.) Whether those two men would ever actually share the screen together as those characters remain to be seen, because we’re still not entirely sure how (or if) Reeves’ movie fits in with the franchise’s ongoing narrative.
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