By Jay Hunter – Earlier this week, DC was thrown into more of a predicament when it emerged that Ben Affleck would be stepping down as the director of The Batman. The hugely talented director has since reaffirmed that he would be staying around to help pen the script and star under the cowl.
Naturally there are plenty of directors who are rumoured to be on the shortlist – including Zack Synder and Matt Reeves – with that being said, here’s 5 directors who could take over The Batman.
First rising to prominence after writing/directing The Raid 1 & 2, Gareth Evans can handle blistering action sequences as well as great characters. Although it’s a doubt that Warner Bros would allow The Batman to be as dark as The Raid brace, Evans could certainly bring a sense of grit to the project.
The Duffer Brothers
After exploding in the summer of 2016 thanks to their world-beating Stranger Things series on Netflix, there’s no denying the nerd-duo would give the material the respects it deserves. After being denied their big screen debut via the IT remake, the brothers have now paid their dues and have climbed their way into the big leagues.
Originally due to direct a Batman: Year One movie before Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy broke box-office records, Aronofsky can grasp the transformative qualities of the caped crusader and the pressure it puts on Bruce Wayne’s psyche. Perhaps it would be a more cerebral take on the hero than we have been previously been exposed to, it therefore poses as a risk for the studios in charge.
Goddard has proved he can a simple premise and spin it into something truly exceptional. With the likes of Cabin in the Woods, Cloverfield and Netflix’s Daredevil all on his resume, Goddard knows how to handle a property and turn it into a surprising fan favourite.
Edwards has an exceptional skill for taking big blockbuster movies and making them character driven pieces. Although his Godzilla remake tends to divide audiences, there’s no denying the directors stock has skyrocketed after the critical and financial success of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
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