Ben Affleck’s Batman Is Reportedly Being Ushered Out of DCEU Movies
Posted 2017/07/21 0 0
This November’s Justice League could be the last time Affleck dons the cowl.
The actor was originally planned to write, direct and star in the forthcoming standalone film, The Batman. However, he was replaced as director by Matt Reeves, who then scrapped his script. Affleck could be out of the picture completely, according to The Hollywood Reporter, who states that WB has plans to "gracefully" usher the movie superstar out of the DC movie universe as it moves forward with a planned trilogy of Batman movies. When Matt Reeves was asked by MTV if he was using Affleck's work he replied, "No, it’s a new story. It’s just starting again. I’m excited about it. I think it’s going to be really cool."
However, according to THR, there would be an in-continuity reason for the change in Batman actors, which probably means that the Affleck's Bruce Wayne would either retire or be killed off. THR cites Ben Affleck's age as a major reason for the potential change. Affleck will turn 45 in August, so he would be pushing 50 before The Batman arrives in theaters. If Reeves makes a trilogy, Affleck would be in his mid-50s at best by the time that’s done. Maybe Tom Cruise could pull that off, but Affleck’s body hasn’t exactly been a temple.
Meanwhile, the actor recently dropped out of Netflix’s Triple Frontier, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family. So it’s not outside the realm of possibility that actor and studio alike might be ready to start looking for an elegant—i.e., sequel-friendly—way to move him out of the part.
Business Insider contacted Warner Bros. for comment and was referred to the quote studio head Toby Emmerich gave THR: "Ben is our Batman. We love him as Batman. We want to keep him in the cowl as long as we can."