Ben Affleck Is Officially Out As Batman
- Author: Kyle Peterson Feb 02, 2019,
Feb 02, 2019, 0:10
This was an unconfirmed report, but then Affleck himself retweeted the story saying that he was "excited" to see this new "vision come to life". It's been rumored that he was on his way out for a while, so this doesn't come as a huge surprise. Deadline reports that "a search is underway" for a new Dark Knight.
Ben Affleck's fans will be highly disappointed as he is not returning as Bruce Wayne aka Batman for the Matt-Reeves-directed standalone Batman movie. Affleck was originally going to direct "The Batman" himself, but he chose to step away and said the reason was so he could focus exclusively on the character. Affleck will be exiting the DCEU after playing Batman in three films for Warner Bros. including the two mentioned above as well as Suicide Squad. The actor starred as the character in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" and "Justice League," both of which received critical beatings by the press".
Warner Bros. had been planning stand-alone films featuring Ezra Miller's The Flash and Ray Fisher's Cyborg, but the status of those films remain unclear.
Matt Reeves joined the project in February 2017, and it sounds like he will be reworking the script (which explains why The Batman won't be ready for another two and a half years).
For people like us, Batman has always been Christian Bale. Ben Affleck was already a big 6'4, and once he bulked up to play Batman, he was just a pure wall of muscle and menace.
According to sources, the studio is happy with early versions of Reeves' draft and he had been spending the past couple of months giving final touches before he began meeting actors for the part. "[The narrative is] very squarely on his shoulders, and I hope it's going to be a story that will be thrilling but also emotional". When would we see a solo Batman film? The comics have a history of that. Let us know down in the comments.
Meanwhile, James Gunn, who is writing the sequel to Suicide Squad, is in talks to direct the film as well.