Who should be the next Batman director if Ben Affleck drops out
Who should direct the Ben Affleck solo Batman movie?
When Ben Affleck was first announced to play Bruce Wayne it is fair to say that the internet almost broke. Fast forward a couple of years and everyone seems to have changed their tune after seeing Affleck’s take on the Dark Knight in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Recently Batfleck spoke out about his involvement in the solo Batman movie simply titled the Batman. The actor stated that he would not move forward with the project if the story was not in the place he felt it should be which is confusing to me. Affleck is writing the Batman script with comic book legend Geoff Johns so the comments made probably mean one of two things. One; Affleck and Johns cannot agree on the direction for the next Batman movie or two; the studio are interfering with the process and are trying to force their will on the creative process. Both of these options are bad news for Batman and DC fans but if the worst does happen and Affleck drops out, who could fill his large shoes as the next Batman director?
Back in the middle of 2016 Nicholas Winding Refn showed interest in directing a Batgirl movie. I am not against the idea but would much rather see the directors take on Batman after seeing Drive. Drive is a dark and moody thriller featuring an often silent but equally cunning main character which I think would translate perfectly in a Batman movie. Drive is in my top 10 favourite films of the last decade and think that the director would be a good fit creatively but not sure how he would fit in the whole studio franchise situation. Nevertheless this is a list of directors I would like to see take on the Batman so he stays on the list. If that never pans out though I would gladly settle for Nicolas Winding Refn's Maniac Cop reboot.
I am a massive fan of Alex Garland and would like to see him take on more directing roles in the movies with only 2 directing credits to his name so far which are Ex Machina and the upcoming Annihilation. Garland has been in the business long enough now having risen to prominence from his writing skills. His Novel ‘The Beach’ was adapted by Danny Boyle in the 2000 movie of the same name and he then went on to write for 28 days later, Sunshine, Dredd and the aforementioned Ex Machina which are all great movies with a similar dystopian feel. Until researching for this article though I did not realise that Alex Garland actually has a writing credit for an episode of Batman: Black and White which in my mind, lends more credence to my argument for Alex Garland as the director of the next Batman movie.
Rian Johnson is probably best known for writing and directing the time travel thriller Looper from 2012 which starred Joseph Gordon Levitt and Bruce Willis. The bleak look of the movie is something I think would fit in the Batman universe and given that the director has wrapped filming for Star Wars: Episode 8 he could be free to step into the DC movie franchise.
Now hear me out on this one. Michael Mann is responsible for some of the best movies of the last 20 years or so and in particular Heat (and I liked Public Enemies). For those who noticed the similarity between 2008’s The Dark Knight and Michael Mann’s Heat might agree that his style could fit in the superhero genre and could make the next Batman movie a great looking, gritty crime drama which is what the movie should be. I am not looking for a copy of the Dark Knight but equally I would like an established director who can give us a grimy thriller not unlike Heat. Maybe I do want another Dark Knight... damnit.
The final name on my list of potential directors of the next Batman film was lifted directly from en episode of Movie Fights and was in fact the winning argument. I did not want to include any directors from the show on this list but it is hard to argue against. David Fincher for me is probably the director best suited to a Batman film having directed some of the best detective movies ever made including Seven, Zodiac, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Gone Girl. Fincher is a great story teller and has a very distinct dark tone with all of his movies which would suit the world of the Dark Knight perfectly. His movies create an atmosphere that stays with the viewer for some time and is in my opinion, the finest director working today which is why David Fincher gets my vote for director of the solo Batman movie of Ben Affleck drops out.
There were plenty of other names that could have been on this list so which ones should I have included and why? Let me know your thoughts. If you enjoyed this article please share it with your friends on Twitter and Facebook and subscribe to my newsletter to stay up to date with articles and competitions on Comic Movie Box.