Christopher Nolan Reportedly Leaves ‘Batman Vs. Superman’ Over Ben Affleck Casting

Neither the executive producer nor his partner Emma Thomas were listed on the Warner Bros. press release that announced the new Batman.

Christopher Nolan reportedly leaves Man of Steel after Ben Affleck Batman casting
Christopher Nolan reportedly leaves Man of Steel after Ben Affleck Batman casting
Last week, when Warner Bros. made the surprise announcement that Ben Affleck is playing Batman in Man of Steel 2, many didn't notice a glaring omission in the press release. Executive producers Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas weren't listed in the official announcement, causing many to believe that they have both left the project due to Ben Affleck playing The Dark Knight.

Of course, it is possible that the studio was trying to get the release out as quickly as possible, and forgot to include the executive producers. However, it is also possible that Christopher Nolan, who directed the highly-successful trilogy Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, didn't agree with the casting choice and left the project.

After all, both Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas were listed as executive producers in the studio's Comic-Con 2013 press release where they announced Superman and Batman will be featured in director Zack Snyder's sequel. And its been confirmed that Ben Affleck was in talks way before Comic-Con even happened.

If Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas did leave the project because of Ben Affleck's casting, they wouldn't be the first to express their distaste of the new Batman. We reported last week that over 30 online petitions were launched to try and get Warner Bros. to remove Ben Affleck from the role.

Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas are currently in production on Interstellar, which is set for release on November 7, 2014.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice comes to theaters March 25th, 2016 and stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons. The film is directed by Zack Snyder.

Sources: Metro UK

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  1. Juan Flores

    HE DIDN'T WRITE THE SCRIPT! Blame David.s.Gorey and zack znyder

    10 months agoby @Juan-FloresFlag

  2. Arby

    At least now we can not look forward to what we look forward to. The let down will be easier. Nolan doesn't interest me. His mutilation of Batman (2 & 3) was unforgivable, as is most of the crap getting cranked out by Hollywood/Pentagon these days. Superman is already ruined. There's no saving it. Clark's values are twisted and he's a dork. And the more I think of Ben 'I love the CIA' Affleck as Batman, the more I want to vomit. I don't see Batman. I see Hollywood/Pentagon. And I'm sure the movie will reek of Hollywood/Pentagon. Check out the Feb 28, 2013 Salon article, by Tom Hayden, about the CIA's infiltration of Hollywood. "When The CIA Infiltrated Hollywood")

    1 year agoby @ArbyFlag

  3. Freefinger

    If Nolan is out, then that is THE BEST NEWS EVER!... This will minimize the gigantic plot holes he introduces in every flick he's associated with.. It's freaking unbelievable this guy still has a right to determine a story line.

    The last Bat flick was so ridiculous in how many plot holes and stupidity (EVERY COP IN THE CITY GOES INTO SEWERS TO GET ONE GUY!! THEY SENT A ROUND 10 GUYS TO GET BIN LADEN!!!!! .. Then they stay there for months with limited food, yet come out no problem ready for a fight with their stick against an army of men with automatic machine guns and tanks... That would've ended in about 30 seconds.... even for sci-fy that was ridiculous..) .. I still wonder how many of the Man of Steel plot holes were created by him making that movie mediocre at best.

    Leaving the next one can only mean that WB thought they should've made it past the 1B$ mark and were very distraught over the 650M$ world wide take.. I'm sure they'll let Snyder do his things next time around and ensure a better movie.

    I still like Ben as Batman.. He'll do the job without the infected throat voice..

    1 year agoby @FreefingerFlag

  4. Angel Romero Alamo

    This Is Not Good!!! Nolan OuT.

    1 year agoby @angelromero1991Flag

  5. Jimmy Holmes

    Out with the old. I believe in Batfleck, Snyder and Goyer. Considering all the whining people did about MoS, I'm sure they'll make the necessary tweaks and produce an amazing series of films. Faith guides me. What guides you?

    1 year agoby @Jimmy-HolmesFlag

  6. Clint

    @John-Lewis-Wright An Argolyte is an Affleck defender who loves to use Argo as their first and main argument he's so great, completely skipping over his plethora of box office failures amidst the critical acclaim of that, The Town, and Good Will Hunting.

    So, you're pointing to a single failure in a non-TDR movie by Nolan in casting as a sign he's overrated? I see. I suppose his other casting choices of Bale, Oldman, Liam Neeson, Cillian Murphy, JGL, and Michael Caine were all someone else's handiwork he deserves zero credit for as well? The producing of the movie that resulted in actual Oscar nominations for a comic book movie that hardly EVER happens is no credit to him either, eh?

    Am I reading you right that the guy that first hired Nolan deserves the credit for Batman Begins' trilogy being so successful as well as Ledger somehow "saving" a franchise that was already living the high life of box office returns before he even entered the picture? Where exactly do those theories make any sense considering Ledger COULD hold most of the credit for one of the three movies (again, Nolan's casting of Eckart whose performance was almost as great as Ledger's is being overlooked when anyone says Ledger made the movie) while Nolan wrote and cast them all? MOS was wasting away until Nolan was brought in to oversee it as well and together, he and Snyder put together a movie that had a lot of undertones similar to TDR trilogy, wouldn't you say? Now he's walking off the project and you think that going the Spiderman 3 route of the Affleck hiring for more star power, more explosions etc. is going to continue to roll in the box office returns, is that it? Good luck with that formula because it worked SO well in Spidey 3 and Batman & Robin. The rest of us realists will continue to acknowledge the truth: WB is helping DC run its lucrative franchises into the ground if they don't pull the reigns in on this one in favor of better storylines like Nolan knows works. If they don't concentrate on developing the story the way Marvel did, reduce Affleck's role in this to being a PIECE of Supes' overall story instead of the headliner, and expand Kal-El's development (because, you know, it IS a SUPERMAN movie and all) in the process, it's going to be another big budget flop Affleck headlines while Cavil's a subtitle in his own damned movie and fans are not going to listen to anything else WB and DC have to say from here on out, PERIOD. I won't say the hiring of Affleck dooms it because they can still come to their senses but it appears from the "Batman VERSUS Superman" titles to this big star signing that that's the direction this is going which is not going to work for fans, nor for the expanded DC universe they claimed they wanted all along to set up the JLA flick like Marvel did Avengers.

    @Brizzy Until Nolan or Thomas come out to refute the coincidence, how are we to assume anything else considering the timing? If they even slightly agreed with what WB is doing, they would have said SOMETHING to dispel rumors like this. Even if Nolan knew they were talking to Affleck a long time ago, he may not have known they were actually serious about the hiring so he said nothing then but was pissed when it finally happened. All we CAN do is presume here but the timing is damned susp*cious.

    1 year agoby @pack-rulz1978Flag

  7. Vanboy

    It's not a good sign that Nolan leaves, but I kind of want a different look that the previous movie. I DID NOT like all the daytime action AT ALL. I wanted it to be dark, mysterious and gothic. Same thing with Terminator Salvation. Too much daytime. Looked like Road Warrior.

    2 years agoby @vanboyFlag

  8. John Lewis Wright

    @pack-rulz1978 *Dark Knight Rises with The Dark Knight...

    2 years agoby @John-Lewis-WrightFlag

  9. John Lewis Wright

    @pack-rulz1978 Wtf is an Argolyte? o.O Nolan didn't revive the franchise himself. The person that picked him for the project to do the next Batman movie after Batman and Robin and the failed Batman Triumphant movie and the WB series that never was... that person(s) is the guy (and quite possibly gal also ;)) that thought of it. I don't see why now people give him so much credit. If not for Heath Ledger's performance in taking the franchise up a notch to a direction not seen in either Batman Begins or The Dark Knight with The Dark Knight then Nolan would still be the guy that people sneer at for his being brilliant enough to cast David Bowie as Nikola Tesla in The Prestige. I bet even he throws his hands up incredulously at all the praise thrown his way. Its like oh great, so I have to live up to impossibly high standards now for something I didn't even first expect to happen?! FML!

    2 years agoby @John-Lewis-WrightFlag

  10. Sean

    @Number1Wolverine I highly doubt it as well.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag


    I highly doubt this is true.

    2 years agoby @Number1WolverineFlag

  12. Brizzy

    @pack-rulz1978 You know this is all bullsh*t, right?

    2 years agoby @BrizzyFlag

  13. Clint

    Yup, that Affleck casting choice is already paying off dividends for this WB story mapping plan to rival Marvel's. Keep on defending him, Argolytes, the guy is poison and when you shove Chris Nolan aside in the process, the guy who single-handedly revived the DC brand at the box office with his writing abilities, you're about to be SOL REALLY quickly. Somewhere Disney and Marvel execs are laughing so hard they can't stop as this disaster continues to unfold and Kevin Smith defends his buddy Affleck with the other Argolytes.

    2 years agoby @pack-rulz1978Flag

  14. Writer220

    MW Nolan is a busy man and stop posting fake news otherwise people will go somewhere else to get it.
    Personally I don't think he left, he's directing another film.

    I may not like the idea of Ben as Bats, but I'm willing to see if he can pull it off.

    2 years agoby @writer220Flag

  15. gumperman

    Lame movieweb, LAME! Try to stick to factual stories!

    2 years agoby @gumpermanFlag

  16. Zak Lee Ferguson

    @filmstudentzero f*ck yes, thank you, your not senseless like so many others

    2 years agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  17. Zak Lee Ferguson

    Bullsh*t, i think it is due to the actuality that Nolan doesn't want to parlay into it, he has done what he has done with batman and now he's guided another series and film director he's no longer needed. Nolan would not have a bitch fit due to casting- its opposite- its due to idealism of that it's too soon and if not he's hanging up his cape and cowl and doing other films now rather than in the DC verse

    2 years agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  18. Fry_3000

    Maybe cos its more related to man of steel 2 and not a batman film.

    2 years agoby @Fry-3000Flag

  19. dess

    LOL there goes the neighborhood!

    2 years agoby @dessFlag

  20. thedude-abides

    And here I thought he had checked out following TDK ;)

    2 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  21. kingbrady

    i think keeping Christopher Nolan is a larger piece of this DC Comic puzzle than bringing Affleck on

    2 years agoby @kingbradyFlag

  22. justatadmatt

    @2movieguys "reportedly" means that there is a source...

    2 years agoby @justatadmattFlag

  23. T. King (Red Camera Man)

    @the-crow2k: Agreed about the whole 3rd act of the film and how the trailers showed something way better (mostly the very first 2).

    2 years agoby @redcameramanFlag

  24. FilmStudentZero

    Fact: Christopher Nolan approached Ben Affleck to star in and direct the "Justice League" movie, which Affleck initially declined. It's possible Nolan would be upset that he's accepting the Batman role now, but it'shard to believe he and Emma Thomas would walk.

    Fact: Christopher Nolan is directing "Interstellar", which comes out in 2014, a full year before the "Man of Steel" sequel does, causing Nolan and Thomas to have a significantly reduced role in making said sequel.

    Conclusion? Nolan and Thomas did not leave the project over Affleck being cast. With Nolan directing "Interstellar", which presumably both he and Thomas are producing, both are too busy to maintain their level of involvement they had in "Man of Steel".

    2 years agoby @filmstudentzeroFlag

  25. CoreyB

    stupid story its not even true

    2 years agoby @CoreyBFlag

  26. OhhmeohhMy

    Two words. BULL CRAP.

    2 years agoby @OhhmeohhMyFlag

  27. Ghostman

    I don't believe it.

    2 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  28. artkid04

    ben Affleck is a terrific actor, anyone see Argo and The Town, people need to stop and deal with Ben Affleck as Batman, Chris and his wife probably dropped out do to their commitment to Interstellar, anyways I think the sequel needs to be a little lighter, the first one was a bit too grim and the flash backs were annoying as hell, or maybe what the studio should just do is a straight up superman movie with ben in a cameo role as batman and just focus on superman, maybe thats why chris left (though I still think his work on interstellar is keeping him busy

    2 years agoby @artkid04Flag

  29. Erikajinx

    I think they should go with a batman beyond and have micheal Keaton play an old Batman because I feel like this movie has no hope prove me wrong Ben

    2 years agoby @ErikajinxFlag

  30. red_ruddy

    nolan probably said "no bale,no me"

    2 years agoby @red-ruddyFlag

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