Double dose of DCEU news today! Not only is Matt Reeves finally confirmed as director for the Batman solo film, a surprise Nightwing solo film is underway with Chris McKay in talks to helm!
After some back-and-forth of who would helm the Batman solo film, Ben Affleck’s top-pick has officially signed on to direct the film. Reeves (Cloverfield, War of the Planet of the Apes) will not only direct but also produce the film. The script was worked on by Affleck himself along with head of the DC Universe Geoff Johns with Argo screenwriter, Chris Terrio, finished with rewrites. If the cast is the same as before, joining Affleck is Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, JK Simmons as Commissioner Gordon, and Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke.
“I have loved the Batman story since I was a child,” Reeves said. “He is such an iconic and compelling character, and one that resonates with me deeply. I am incredibly honored and excited to be working with Warner Bros. to bring an epic and emotional new take on the Caped Crusader to the big screen.” (Variety)
Other surprising news in the DCE-Batman-U is a Nightwing film is under way. And WB is looking at The Lego Batman Movie director, Chris McKay, to helm the film with Bill Dubuque (The Accountant) writing the script. It certainly seems like McKay is up for it, given his Twitter feed. The question is, then, who will play Dick Grayson? I have a theory that heavily rumored DCEU-cast Armie Hammer could be Dick. He’s in the right age range, he’s got the right physical attributes, and the fact that he has ties to the DCEU only because of Geoff Johns and Joe Manganiello (Johns a co-writer for The Batman, Manganiello is Deathstroke)…But that’s just a theory. Who would you cast?
What do you hope to see in the Batman and Nightwing films? Here’s to hoping Nightwing will show up in Batman first to introduce him before his solo! (And then eventually, hopefully he leads the Titans…)