We’ve only seen Ben Affleck’s Batman feature in one movie so far, 2016’s Batman v Superman, but a new report claims he’s already going to hang up the trademark cowl.
The Hollywood Reporter claims Warner Bros. will phase out Affleck’s older, more disgruntled Batman for a younger actor, though it’s unclear who might take on the role.
It’s unclear why the studio wants to ditch the actor so quickly, but following news that Affleck would no longer direct The Batman, speculation rose about a growing rift. Not to mention, newly appointed director Matt Reeves has said he won’t use Affleck’s script for The Batman, which may have been the final nail in the coffin.
THR also speculates that Reeves is planning to create a Batman trilogy, which is all well and good, except for the fact that Affleck would be well into his 50s by the time the trilogy is completed. Affleck still has the physique to play the role, but he may not want to commit to so many movies.
Remember, Affleck is also slated to appear in this year’s Justice League, and Batman will likely appear in any future team-up films. It seems neither Affleck or Warner Bros. had the foresight about how crucial Batman would be to the DCEU.
“A source with knowledge of the situation says that the studio is working on plans to usher out Affleck’s Batman—gracefully, addressing the change in some shape or form in one of the upcoming DC films,” THR said in its report. The report goes on to say, “It would be wise to bet against Affleck starring in The Batman.”
There are only two movies planned ahead of The Batman’s reported 2019 release, so it’s unclear when Warner Bros. will address the split.
The Batman mantle has been passed on numerous times before, notably from Michael Keaton to Val Kilmer to George Clooney in relatively quick succession. But seeing Affleck’s Batman changed in a fledgling universe would be more difficult to pull off.
Justice League hits theaters on November 17.