With Ben Affleck recently stepping down as director of The Batman, it leaves fans speculating as to who would be best suited to take over the reigns. Up to this point, films of the DCEU have been been unable to win over both critics and fans. While Ben Affleck's departure as director has caused a panic, he has stated that he will remain directly involved as producer. Who then, would be best suited to handle directing duties, in collaboration with Affleck? Chad Stahelski could be the perfect candidate.
Directing Skills In A Gritty World
While Stahelski may not be the most recognizable name in the business (since you are likely googling his name right now), his style and talent are perfectly suited for the #DCEU. His directing credits though short, include #JohnWick and #JohnWickChapter2. In 2014, John Wick was a gem of sorts and while its budget was on the leaner side, the film earned acclaim from critics and fans.
In John Wick, Stahelski was able to effectively develop character and story within the noir style, while also offering intense action. This has been the biggest problem for films in the DCEU. Besides being able to tackle the difficult task of balancing character development, story and action, Stahelski's visual style is also perfect for the DCEU, especially for #Batman. The gritty noir world that he created in John Wick could easily pass for a district in Gotham City and the director is certainly no stranger to exploring an urban criminal underbelly.
Besides his technical skills as a director, Chad Stahelski also has an extensive background as a stunt coordinator and fight choreographer. He has some history with Zack Snyder since he served as a stunt coordinator on 300. While Snyder has developed a reputation for shooting amazing fight sequences, Stahelski's background as a stunt coordinator and fight choreographer could prove to be even more effective for shooting fight sequences on a Batman film.
#BenAffleck has stated that although he is stepping down as director, he will continue to work closely with filmmakers behind the camera. I have taken this to mean that while he won't carry the title of director on the film, his actual duties may be more like that of a co-director. If this is the case, then Chad Stahelski teaming up with Ben Affleck on the Batman solo film would be a collaborative dream team! The Batman would have a solid director that knows how to develop characters and shoot action just as well as Zack Snyder on one hand, while on the other, you would have an Academy Award-winning director to rely on as a second set of eyes for fine-tuning. While it is unknown when Warner Bros. will announce their official directing pick for the film, fans can at least have some fun speculating in the meantime.
Check out Stahelski's next upcoming film, John Wick Chapter 2, below:
Who would you like to direct the next Batman film?