The Batman director Matt Reeves is recasting Ben Affleck for the role of the Caped Crusader in the film following months of uncertainty surrounding Affleck’s involvement
Appearing first in Zack Snyder’s dark superhero showdown movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Ben Affleck’s middle-aged bruiser of a Batman was able to win the majority of DC fans over, much to their surprise. The Bat of Gotham, who had already been ridding his city’s streets of crime for a long-time before the events of the film, became enraged at the level of destruction, and destructive capability, that the world’s newly Christened Superman had brought with him. Thanks also to some behind-the-scenes string-pulling by Lex Luthor, Batman and Superman finally met for the fight of the century, and just at the point where Batfleck was about to kill the Man of Steel he learnt that his Mother, who happens to share the name Martha with his own Mother, was in danger and was woken up to the destructive path that he had in fact been walking all by himself.
From that point on, Batman becomes inspired by the hope that Superman has instilled in him, and the studio’s latest film Justice League reflects that shift very well. It’s safe to say that Affleck is currently the best thing about the Warner Bros. owned franchise.
Ultimately, however, since the release of Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad in 2016, we’ve been seeing more and more reports indicating that Affleck is looking for a way out of the rollercoaster ride that is the DCEU. Orignally, The Oscar-winning filmmaker was down to write, direct and star in a solo Batman film, tentatively scheduled for release in 2018, but as time went on the 45-year-old decided to bow out of the writing and directing duties on the movie. Then, WB announced that War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves had come on to helm The Batman with Affleck set to star, however, in a more recent Justice League interview Affleck commented that he was now just considering appearing in the film, rather than saying he would definitely be doing it 100 percent. Now, following the shockingly disappointing box office result for Justice League, things are only looking more ominous for Affleck’s involvement in the DC films going forward.
A new report from Variety is claiming that there is and will continue to be massive shake-ups over at Warner Bros. and its DC Films division in response to Justice League‘s poor performance, and no doubt the current overall public perception of the DCEU in general. The report also contains an insight into the latest developments surrounding Ben Affleck’s future as Batman:
While Ben Affleck is expected to appear as Batman in a standalone Flash movie, it is highly unlikely he will don the cape and cowl in Matt Reeves’ planned standalone Batman movie. The director is said to want to cast the role with fresh talent, according to sources.
Last month, it was reported that Jake Gyllenhaal was a front-runner to don the cape and cowl upon Affleck’s departure, and if Variety’s report is to be believed then it’s only looking more likely that Reeves’ Batman project will feature a new actor in the role, rather than Affleck. What is perhaps most intriguing here is the information that Affleck is still currently expected to be involved in the Flashpoint movie which, given the DCEU’s sad state of affairs, could serve as a reboot, or soft-reboot, for the franchise, and it would make a fair bit of sense for Affleck to appear in the film in order to bring a more pleasing and considered end to his Batman who could then be replaced with a new version (played by a new actor).
Stay locked in to The Mews as more on the Warner Bros./DC shake-up unfolds.
The Batman is yet to receive an official release date.