Reeves revealed during the publicity tour for "Apes" in June that he was planning an "almost noir-driven detective version of Batman", influenced by legendary director Alfred Hitchcock.
Ben Affleck confirmed during the Warner Bros.
Heck, maybe Affleck is being honest and Reeves is an exciting enough director to keep him in the cowl. He shared the Hall H stage at Comic-Con with co-stars Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller and Ray Fisher. I know there's this conception that because I didn't direct it that maybe I wasn't enthusiastic about it but.it's fucking awesome. After two films Kevin Tsujihara, Sue Kroll and Toby Emmerich have said "we want you to be our Batman". Batman is the f-ing coolest. That sounds positive, but the more Affleck said, the less he actually got around to answering whether or not his Batman was slated to dip out of DC's movies in the near future.
The film, titled The Batman, doesn't have a release date yet, but Reeves is already seeing the big picture. "You know, you have to start with a story that begins something". Considering that the studio also announced today that the solo Flash movie is now an adaptation of Flashpoint, that transition could have been made easier.
Speaking to a crowd of about 6,500 fans at San Diego Comic-Con, Affleck unequivocally assured the crowd that he is still starring in "The Batman".
Affleck debuted as an older version of Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, then appeared in Suicide Squad. If I were especially cynical, I might even suspect that this is a bit of damage control to ensure the upcoming Justice League isn't overshadowed by behind-the-scenes drama.