With the role of Batman set to be recast for Matt Reeves’ upcoming The Batman movie, Ben Affleck’s reign as the Caped Crusader is all but over. Details have been scarce about who will replace the actor in the iconic role, but according to new details about the casting process, it will be someone much younger.
According to a report from Revenge of the Fans, the casting process for The Batman is calling for an actor in the age range between 25 to 30 years old, which is significantly younger than the type of aged and weathered Bruce Wayne we’ve seen Affleck—who is 45 years old—portray in Batman v. Superman and Justice League.
With this new target age, it rules out a large range of actors, including the previously mentioned Jake Gyllenhaal, who was reported to be considered for the role. No specific actor was mentioned in the report as being the main choice and the casing process will continue.
Warner Bros. rebranded the DC universe as the World of DC at Comic-Con last week and in doing so, it gave itself the opportunity to do a soft reboot of the DC Extended Universe with standalone movies that aren’t necessarily based in the same universe. Coincidentally, it will also make it easier to recast the role of Batman and make a standalone movie that revolves around a younger character.
Though the process is still ongoing, it doesn’t seem Warner Bros. is in any rush to get The Batman made. So far the movie does not have a production date or a release date, which at this point wouldn’t come until at least 2020. This may be on purpose as the studio lets some time pass between the last time Affleck wore the cape and the next time a new actor takes up the mantle.