Ben Affleck was the shining light in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and portrayed the Dark Knight in a powerful way. Thus, it was the logical way forward for DC and Warner Bros. to appoint him as the “creative man” who was supposed to co-direct and write the scripts for the new Batman solo films. However, he checked out of the responsibility due to the creative differences he had, and now Matt Reeves (Planet of the Apes trilogy) has joined the project to direct the Batman solo film.
While the Batman fans were disenchanted for a while as they couldn’t reconcile with the midway exit of Ben Affleck, but, now they have all started backing Matt up once he clarified what his vision is for the franchise.
He stated during an interview:
“I see a parallel emotionally between Caesar and Batman, in that they’re both tortured and trying to sort of grapple within themselves to try and do the right thing in a very imperfect and, to some degree, corrupt world. It’s really that emotionality that I’m interested in.”
He also went on to share his visualization of Batman:
“In all of my films, what I try to do, in an almost Hitchcockian sense, is use the camera and use the storytelling so that you become that character, and you emphasize with that point of view. There’s a chance to do an almost noir drove, detective version of Batman that is point-of-view driven in a very, very powerful way, that will hopefully connect you to what’s going on inside of his head and inside of his heart.”
Matt confessed that he would follow the style of Christopher Nolan since he was impressed by the Dark Knight trilogy. He explained:
“What I love about what Nolan did was that he took the genre seriously. What studios willing to make at the moment are a very, very narrow band of films. What I discovered is that this genre has the potential to be about something more. You can use metaphors of the genre to talk about a lot.”
During a recent, MTV Happy Sad Confused podcast, Matt had stunned the audience by revealing that he threw away the script done by Ben Affleck and had started on a fresh note. He stated:
“No. It’s a new story. It’s just starting again. I’m excited about it. I think it’s going to be really cool.”
This might just lead to throwing everything planned previously out, and that includes the choice of villain, i.e., Deathstroke who was chosen by Ben Affleck since he has never been seen on screen. In fact, they had even signed Joe Manganiello to portray that role. However, in the new scheme of things, the villain is likely to be the Penguin.
Deathstroke’s popularity saw a tremendous surge with the season 2 of Arrow TV series which is the best season ever in the history of the show. The season is rated so highly not due to Stephen Amell; rather it was because of the villain Slade Wilson/Deathstroke which was played by Manu Bennett. He reached Starling city to take revenge for his girlfriend Shado’s death, and he held Oliver responsible for that as he chose to protect Sara Lance instead of Shado.
He led an invading army of Mira Kuru soldiers who killed top officials and lured others including the Mayor and took over the control of the city. That season was nasty, hard hitting, gutsy and racy. The villain could be related to, and the story was realistic. Oliver with his bow and arrow was sheer heroism. After that, the villain went into obscurity with only the last couple of episodes in season 6 showing him during the instance when Oliver met him in prison to seek his help in killing Prometheus.
The show runner of Arrow, Marc Guggenheim had recently appeared in an interview with Collider, and he explained why DCEU is not interested in this character. He said:
“It was actually a function of… DC controls these characters, and we went through a period where DC was like, ‘We’ve got plans for Deathstroke that don’t involve Arrow.’ That changed at the end of the year.”
Therefore, it is now clear that Joe Manganiello is not going to play Deathstroke in the upcoming Batman solo film. The rumors about Batman being a part of Justice League have also turned out to be false. It seems like DCEU is a highly unpredictable and confusing world right now.