It seems that Ben Affleck is ready to hang up his Batman costume, or at least his brother thinks so.
Appearing on WEEI’s Dale & Holley With Keefe radio show, Casey Affleck – Ben Affleck’s Academy Award winning brother – was asked about whether or not Ben what he thought of his brother in the role of Batman and whether or not he would continue in the role.“I thought he was an OK Batman,” Casey said with a laugh. “No, he was great. He was great. He’s a hero, so he had something to channel and work with there. But he’s not going to do that movie [The Batman], I don’t think. Sorry to say.”
The hosts immediately jumped on the comment saying it was breaking news, causing Casey to attempt to walk back the statement. “Is that breaking news? Because I was just kind of making that up, I don’t know,” he said.
Warner Brothers have offered no comment on the statement.
Affleck’s comments begin around 6 minutes into the video.
Rumors have been circulating for some time that Ben Affleck is unhappy with his position in the DC Extended Universe. He was originally slated to write and direct The Batman, but stepped away from directing the project in January of this year. It was then revealed that Affleck’s script was undergoing a complete rewrite as well.
As San Diego Comic-Con approached in July a rumor began circulating that he was going to exit playing the character altogether, but he said he was the ‘luckiest guy in the world’ to play this role at the event itself.
Is Casey correct? Seeing as he is Ben’s brother he may have the inside scoop. But with Ben’s recent denials, and Casey’s off-the-cuff delivery of the information, he may be incorrect.
We’ll just have to wait and see where this goes for the time being.
Justice League is due to hit theaters on Nov. 17.