It’s been a weird odyssey for Ben Affleck as Batman. When he was first announced as the Dark Knight, many skeptics blasted the decision but came around after seeing his performance in Batman v. Superman. Then came the weird journey The Batman movie, which went from Affleck writing, directing and starring to him just starring. Talk of his animosity for the role has recently died down, but his latest comments have reignited speculation over his future.
Affleck recently opened up in an interview about the possibility of him hanging up the cape after Justice League.
“You don’t do it forever, so I want to find a graceful and cool way to segue out of it,” related Affleck on eventually departing the role of Batman.
His comments aren’t particularly shocking considering the toll a role like Batman takes on an actor. We’ve heard similar sentiments from other actors with high profile roles. It’s a commitment for multiple years and movies. But Affleck has only donned the suit for two movies (and one of those movies isn’t even out yet), and he’s already thinking of his exit strategy.
This adds credence to the unverified reports that he wanted out of the role. Unfortunately for him, he singed a multiple movie deal and is on the hook for a few more movies, but that hasn’t stopped him from considering life beyond the Batsuit.
Next up on deck for Affleck is The Batman movie, which is being directed by Matt Reeves. That project has gone through its own turbulent pre-production, so it’s unclear when exactly Warner Bros. is expecting the movie to start production, if ever. For now, the only projects Affleck has planned is The Batman and possibly Justice League 2. After that, he just might call it quits on the iconic role.