So, Ben Affleck dropped out of the director’s chair for the upcoming Batman film? Great, because Warner Brothers and DC weren’t having enough problems with their cinematic universe. First there was the critical flop that was Batman V Superman, the train wreck that was Suicide Squad’s production and Jared Leto’s studio backlash, the rumors that Wonder Woman is a mess, The Flash losing two directors and getting a page one rewrite. And after all of that the shining beacon of hope that was a solo Batman film helmed by Affleck has been snuffed out. After all of that the only production that seems to be somewhat on top of something is Aquaman. Who would have thought that Aquaman, the laughing stock of comic book heroes would be the only film that wasn’t a total shipwreck? Get it…shipwreck, water, Aquaman. Okay I apologize. Moving on.
Alright, now that Warner Bros. has lost its golden boy what should they do now? Well as of right now the rumor is that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves will take over as director which is a great sign but DC has a habit of losing directors like kids lose teeth, it’s always messy and the grownups always have to pay. If Matt Reeves were to drop out, then how should the studio proceed? Well, they could do a few things. The first, and the one I would personally go with, is throw as much money as they can at Affleck to let him do whatever he wants. Don’t give him some ridiculous schedule and don’t tell him what he can and can’t do. Let the man work and do what he needs to in the time it takes. And if that isn’t an option for Warner Bros. then they need to work really hard and find someone that Affleck gels with creatively.
Now if all of those suggestions don’t pan out then maybe Warner Bros. just needs to take a step back and think about the future of their cinematic universe. I mean, super hero movies make a ton of money and are by all accounts really fun to work on so clearly if they’re having trouble finding someone to direct Batman, you know their most popular and profitable character, they might just need to scrap this entire universe and let it rest for five years. Especially if Justice League is a flop, but that’s something for me to get bent out of shape over another time.