Ridley Scott—seen above doing the Crocodile Dundee trick to put Christian Bale to sleep after a take—will be turning 80 in November. Eighty. Now, things are different nowadays and people are living longer, but there's no god damned way in hell this new rumor about the borderline octogenarian is true. Buried in The Hollywood Reporter's story about Matt Reeves being offered the job directing The Batman is this little nugget...
Other directors remain in the wings, including Ridley Scott and Don't Breathe helmer Fede Alvarez.
First of all, no. Ridley Scott is not "in the wings" waiting to direct a Batman movie. The dude has gone the fuck on record that he thinks comic book movies are garbage. The dude's not about to take the sloppy seconds of the guy who directed the eighth and ninth movies in the Planet of the Apes franchise. He's Ridley Scott. He's got standards... I think.
Provided Reeves ultimately passes, which I don't think he will, my guess is that Alvarez may be the guy, but there's no chance it's Ridley Scott. He has better things to do these days like give racially insensitive interviews and get snubbed for a Best Director Oscar in arguably the weakest year for films in some time.