– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Do you have whiplash yet from all the Batman coverage? I’m sorry to say it, but we have another piece of news here for you.

Earlier today we reported on John Campea’s revelation that The Batman director Matt Reeves had someone in mind should Ben Affleck drop out as Batman. At the time, he didn’t reveal who that person was, but in today’s show, he dropped the name.

The name in question? Jake Gyllenhaal.

That wasn’t all. Campea when on to say that at this point, based on what he’d heard, Affleck had pretty much been out since February of this year, and that they’ve been putting on the PR spin until Justice League hit theaters. This pretty much meshes with things we’ve also been hearing in recent weeks, but have been unable to confirm firsthand.

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Does that mean that Gyllenhaal is in for sure? No. Nothing is set in stone just yet, and that there have just been some conversations between the studio and Gyllenhaal.

Is it a name we would have guessed? Probably not. But it’s a pretty solid one. Even more interesting is that Gyllenhaal is a lot younger than Affleck (36 years compared to 45 years), and as such, it would seem to open the door for a potential prequel trilogy that would be divorced from the rest of the DCEU, and allow him to do his own thing without fear of having him clash with other supers out there.

We’ll have to wait and see how this all shakes out, but more and more, news is coming together in a way that suggests that Affleck has long since been out, and they’ve been putting on a face for Justice League.

What do you think of this potential choice? Let us know down below!

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SOURCE: John Campea

  • FeixPunk

    Seriously? Okay WB obviously doesn’t quite get it. They are approaching this from the POV of a traditional Movie Studio, but the Superhero genre is not “traditional” anymore. You don’t need big names to make big movies. Find actors that can fit the character in tone, visuals, and be able to act the part. I can’t think of an MCU character who I would change actors on. However, I do think Ewan McGregor would have been a good Doc. Strange. As good as Benedict Cumberbatch ended up being.

  • Brian Moran

    The end result? Jake Gyllenhaal will have played Batman, and Maggie Gyllenhaal has played Batman’s love interest.

    Thanksgiving is going to be aaaaaaawkwaaaaard….

    • AmiRami

      You beat me to it.

  • Mad Barchetta

    Nah. Fine actor, but I can’t get past the sleepy eyes. I just can picture a Batman who constantly looks like he’s about to nod off.

    Someone I think who would make a good Bruce/Bats with some bulking up and a convincing US accent: Tom Mison. He’s not incredibly well known, but he does have his fan base. I think he’s got the chops to pull it off and it could be a Han Solo/Logan type of star-making turn.

  • Ghost2020


  • DAH

    NAH!!!…sounds awfull….

  • Gyllenhaal is a solid actor, he could totally pull this off. Sure, an unknown actor might be smart too, but WB and DC know that Batman is their anchor, and the character warrants a big-name actor. I wouldn’t have chosen Gyllenhaall, personally, but I wouldn’t be upset if he got the gig. Go away Affleck, we’re tired of this will-you-or-won’t-you game.

    • Victor Roa

      can you imagine being the executive who green lights a film with no name? Remember Lego Batman is out there, everyone is talking about Marvel’s successes and you heard the Mummy is affordable at 120 mil with a big name.

    • TheOct8pus

      His voice though…..it’s very high pitched. Batman is mostly a chin and a voice

    • AmiRami

      Personally I think Wonder Woman will be DC’s anchor moving forward.

  • Duck O’Death

    Not ready for Affleck to leave this role… he just got here. Was very imrpessed with his take on Batman and Bruce Wayne, and had zero problems with anything related to Batman in BvS. Not only that but he even looks the part from the comic. He owes it to himself to at least do a couple solo films. By that point Jake will still be of good age to take over, if he’s still in contention.

  • Kindofabigdeal

    The Darko Knight.

  • Victor Roa


    Okay, let me breath for a second, this is too funny…… how about NO! People still love Christian Bale and Lego Batman makes more money. Yes, Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler proves he can transformers but how about NO BATMAN for like 8 years. Use nightwing, use Martian Manhunter, Elongated Man, Hawkman…. look, DC has a BILLION HEROES people can relate with but we still have the BULLSHIT Batman storyline, Thor has a brother who lives in his jock bros shadow and an asshole dad. HOW IS THAT NOT MORE RELATABLE THAN DEAD PARENTS MILLIONAIRE VIGILANTE Bullshit for 80 plus years?
    you are not a real batman fan to know Batman is full of shit and we are better off reading any other comic book.

  • Missuniversedb

    — Bat Mouse —

  • Bruce Norris


    Just cast Scott Adkins and call it a day.

  • Jesus’s Best Friend Floyd

    Great actor, the opposite of Ben Affleck. But still just as miscast as Afleck.

  • TheOct8pus

    So the Gyllenhaals are the go-to people for Batman replacement roles?

  • Loveblanket

    There needs to be a Hollywood awards show for bad ideas, because this would be an early contender for the first award. Decent actor, but my god is he the absolute worst pick for batman. The little twerp in Gotham is more convincing.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.