Kevin Smith leads fan poll to direct The Batman

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Feb 2, 2017

We put together a lengthy breakdown of potential options to direct The Batman, but the fans have spoken ... and it seems Kevin Smith is the people's choice.

A few of our top recommendations were Matt Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes), George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road), Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), Denis Villeneuve (Arrival), Tim Miller (Deadpool), Justin Lin (Star Trek Beyond) and Lana and Lilly Wachowski (The Matrix trilogy). We put the options to the people via a Twitter poll, and it turns out most folks didn't want any of those directors.

Instead? Kevin Smith took the top prize.

We leaned into a list of largely more serious options when putting together our fan casting (or fan directing, as it were), due to the fact that Affleck (Argo, The Town) had originally intended on tackling the movie himself. But as Warner Bros. looks to shake up its approach and lighten the mood in future films, Smith would certainly be an outside-the-box choice.

Warner Bros. possibly considering Smith for the gig would really make a lot of sense, and we don't just mean because of his friendship with Affleck. He's been breaking into the live-action DC culture by helming some excellent episodes set within The CW’s Arrowverse, and the guy is obviously a huge fan of comics.

Smith's Superman Lives never got off the ground, but who knows — maybe he's just bee waiting for a shot at Batman?

What do you think? Would Kevin Smith be a good choice to take on The Batman? Also, could he find a way to introduce Jay and Silent Bob to DC canon?

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