The rumor mill has been churning out stories that Jake Gyllenhaal could once again be in consideration to play the role of Batman if Ben Affleck steps down. Conflicting reports and rumors about Affleck’s future as the Dark Knight have been popping up this week ahead of the ‘Justice League’ premiere.
While Affleck himself has previously stated that he is uncertain about his future playing Batman, he has also said that he is “contemplating” starring in ‘The Batman,’ the solo Batman movie that Matt Reeves is now attached to direct. John Campea subsequently broke the news about a rumor that Reeves has a replacement Batman actor in mind for his own DC Comics adaptation. Now, Campea has revealed who the mystery contender is.
Campea has stated that Gyllenhaal is Reeves’ top pick to take over the role from Affleck in ‘The Batman.’ Although this rumor is definitely just that, with no confirmation of any kind from any source, it might not be too far-fetched.
Back when Christopher Nolan was casting ‘Batman Begins,’ Gyllenhaal auditioned for the role. Although Nolan ultimately cast Christian Bale to play Bruce Wayne instead, Gyllenhaal’s sister Maggie later appeared in the sequel to ‘Batman Begins,’ ‘The Dark Knight.’ Gyllenhaal was also in contention to play Spider-Man at one point, potentially as a Tobey Maguire replacement, so his desire to play a superhero is nothing new!
So, there it is! Nothing is set in stone, and Affleck could very well be the one to play the Caped Crusader in Reeves’ upcoming film, or ‘The Batman’ will recast its title role with someone like Jake Gyllenhaal, as a way of rebooting the franchise yet again. The possibilities are endless, as we know, having had at least five different movie Batmans!
Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available!