According to THR, this year’s Justice League movie might be the last time we see Ben Affleck in the Batsuit. Warner Bros. is reportedly working on “gracefully ushering” the actor out of the role in an upcoming DC film.
However, Affleck took some time during DC’s San Diego Comic-Con panel to address this rumor. Plain and simple: he says he’s not going anywhere.
“I am the luckiest guy in the world. Batman is the coolest fucking part in the universe,” Affleck told the fans and journalists packed into Hall H.
So it’s a he said/she said at the moment, with no clear answer. For now, we can expect to see Mr. Affleck in Justice League. Beyond that, we will see.
Reeves had previously confirmed that his movie would feature Affleck as Batman. That said, it wouldn’t be too hot to recast the main character in the second installment of his planned trilogy of Batman movies. DC would probably do well to cast a new actor before the new trilogy gets underway. Of course, the trilogy’s not been confirmed, either. All we know for sure is that The Batman is happening.
While The Batman doesn’t have a solid release date as of yet, it’s safe to say that it’s still a way’s away since it hasn’t entered production yet. Plenty of time to cast a new actor.
Affleck was originally set to direct The Batman before stepping down and being replaced by Reeves. He also co-wrote a script with DC president Geoff Johns, which was recently scrapped.
How would Warner Bros. write Ben Affleck out of the cinematic universe? One option, and by far the simplest, is to not acknowledge the change in actors, although the studio dug itself into a bit of a hole when it cast an older Bruce Wayne in the first place. It would be hard to explain why Bruce had gray hair in one movie and not the next…
Of course, that might not be a problem at all if the just announced Flashpoint movie tweaks the timeline a bit. It would at least explain why a different version of Bruce Wayne is in the cowl. That would be as graceful a send off for Affleck’s Batman as the actor could wish for.
Could Ben Affleck pass down the cowl to a younger character? It’s happened before in the comics.
In 1993’s comic book story arc Knightfall, Bruce was forced to give the cowl to Jean Paul Valley after Bane broke his back. After the events of 2008’s DC comic event Final Crisis, in which it was believed Bruce had been killed in a fight with Darkseid, Dick Grayson took over as the Dark Knight. And then there’s Batman Beyond, the animated series which saw a much older Bruce train young Terry McGinnis to become the new Batman. The latter would be the most radical choice for the DCEU.
It’s hard to believe that the DCEU would ditch Bruce Wayne, considering that he’s a known entity and not an entirely new character to introduce. After all, it’s not like this cinematic universe has really had the time to flesh out its characters. Even now, the DCEU continues to feel a bit rushed. Certainly, it hasn’t really earned a team movie as big as Justice League. But here we are.
So for now, Affleck is still Batman. We’ll make sure to let you know if that changes!
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