Jake Gyllenhaal has shot down a rumour he will be replacing Ben Affleck as the caped crusader.

During an interview with China News Asia, Gyllenhaal was asked point blank if there was any truth to last year’s report that he was The Batman director Matt Reeves’ first pick to take over.

“Wow, that’s a very difficult question,” said Gyllenhaal. “The answer to that question is ‘no’.”

Last year, Ben Affleck stated that he wanted to make a graceful exit from the role. It’s also been speculated that Reeves’ movie may be released under the new DC films banner featuring standalone movies which are not necessarily in the continuity of the DC Extended Universe films, and like The Joker origin movie, will not star the actors who have played those characters in the DCEU.

Earlier this year, it was rumoured that Affleck’s last turn as Batman will be in 2019’s Suicide Squad 2.


Lucy O’Brien is Games & Entertainment Editor at IGN’s Sydney office. Follow her on Twitter.



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