If you've spent the last two weeks running around your city in a homemade cape brandishing paper batarangs at perfectly innocent human beings in tribute to the Batfleck, you can stop now. Also, see a psychiatrist.
After weeks of intense rumors about his commitment to the #DCEU, Ben Affleck just took to Twitter to welcome Matt Reeves as the new director of The Batman, confirming in the process that he'll be the guy in front of the camera.
You could say that all that talk of Affleck quitting proved to be much ado about Gotham, but then you'd have made a truly awful pun. Here's Affleck's tweet:
As you can see, packaged with the tweet is a new image from #JusticeLeague in which Batman uses a computer with multiple screens, all inexplicably displaying the exact same image, to "search for transponder signal." It looks very dark in that Batcave, but maybe that's just an illusion created by Snyder's Instagram filters.
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In all seriousness, the fact that Affleck is not jumping ship as was rumored by insiders and is instead seemingly committed to playing Batman, without the added pressure of directing, can only be good news for the future of the DCEU, a universe which exists in a constant state of flux and could really use some stability. Reeves has steered the Planet Of The Apes franchise to excellent health (Dawn Of... remains one of the best blockbusters of this decade), so there's every reason to be optimistic about this.
This week's reveal that there's a live-action Nightwing movie on the way, along with David Ayer's Gotham City Sirens, could also take the pressure off Affleck in a way — Gotham and its large pool of rogues and vigilantes can be used to give the DCEU a focal point without #Batman himself having to be present, freeing Affleck up for other projects outside of his solo Batman movie commitment.
The Batman will probably swing into town mid-2019.
Which movie are you most stoked for — The Batman or Nightwing?