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James Gunn Graciously Shuts Down Kilmer/Clooney/Bale DCU/Batman Rumor

In four words, DC Studios' James Gunn shut down reports Val Kilmer, George Clooney, or Val Kilmer were coming back to be the DCU's Batman.

Welcome to another round of "James Gunn Debunks Yet Another DCU Rumor," with this go-around focused on who would be the new DCU's Batman now that we know that Robert Pattinson & Matt Reeves' Dark Knight is in its own Elseworlds universe. And with the upcoming "The Brave and the Bold" film set to focus on an older Batman with son Damian by his side, the expectation is that DC Studios heads Gunn & Peter Safran would be eyeing a middle-aged/older actor. And that's when the rumor mill stepped up to do its part and the next thing we knew? Either Val Kilmer (1995's Batman Forever), George Clooney (1997's Batman & Robin), or Christian Bale (Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" Trilogy) will be returning to the cape & cowl to be the new DCU's full-time Batman. Except it's not true. And once again, Gunn put that to rest in four words.

Image: HBO Max Screencap/Warner Bros. Discovery

Here's a look at Gunn's two responses from earlier that should hopefully settle the matter:

As we just discussed, Gunn & Safran announced the first wave of films and series ("Chapter 1 – Gods and Monsters"), making up their "big picture" blueprint for the new DCU. And based on social media reactions and the sales figures for the comic book series that the projects will be based on, it looks like we have a lot of happy DCU fans on our hands. Except for a certain contingent of Zack Snyder fans who will not accept anything short of Snyder either being handed the keys to the DCU or Warner Bros. Discovery to invest millions more in keeping the "Snyderverse" active. They were already not thrilled with the disrespect that they felt Snyder was shown before WBD's regime change, and their attitudes didn't get much better once David Zaslav took over and named Gunn & Safran to lead the DCU into the future.

Image: HBO Max Screencap/HBO

And we haven't even started down the trail of those who believe the Henry Cavill situation was all part of some "bigger plan" to essentially erase any memory of Snyder from the DCU. Thankfully, Gunn continued being the person we need him to be by taking to Twitter to set the matter straight. Responding to someone who tagged him using the hashtag #sellthesnyderversetonetflix (it's exactly what you think it would be) earlier this week, Gunn made the case for why it might just be the "wackiest hashtag ever."

Image: Twitter Screencap

"I have to say, this has got to be the wackiest hashtag ever since 1) Netflix hasn't expressed any such interest (although we've discussed other stuff) & 2) Zack hasn't expressed any interest & seems to be happy doing what he's doing (and, yes, we too have talked)," Gunn wrote in the first of two tweets, once again countering conspiracies with cold, hard facts. In fact, the two have been in contact with one another – and guess what?!? They got along. "He contacted me to express his support about my choices. He's a great guy. Again, he seems really happy with the massive world-building he's doing now," Gunn added with a second tweet. Once again, using the truth as a stake to the heart of utter nonsense.

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Ray FlookAbout Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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