So the ongoing saga of whether or not Ben Affleck will continue to play Batman after Justice League continues. This has been pretty much a thing since Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice failed to live up to expectations. Affleck has gone on record saying he doesn’t want to play as Batman anymore, only to pull a 180 just days – sometimes hours later – and say he is committed to the role for the foreseeable future. The actor has played The Batman three times so far: once in Batman v Superman, another in Suicide Squad, and a third coming up in this week’s Justice League.
But it appears that Affleck has grown tired of the superhero world and is setting his sights on hanging up the cape for good. However, unlike previous attempts to exit the DCEU, the actor is now reportedly looking for a “graceful and cool way to segue out of it.” More on the story below.
In an interview with USA Today, Affleck revealed that he isn’t fully committed to appearing in The Batman, which is being directed by Matt Reeves. In fact, he is still contemplating his role in the film. But, there is an interesting twist to that story. He may actually use the film as a means to get out of the DCEU in a graceful manner. Here’s the full quote:
“You don’t do it forever, so I want to find a graceful and cool way to segue out of it.”
There have been at least two rumors going around in the past year or so which said that Affleck did not want to play the Batman anymore. But they were followed by statements that the actor still had a desire to play the Dark Knight. That being said, contradicting answers only supported the notion that Affleck wanted out. I guess the third time is the charm.
It is still unclear why Affleck had to step back from directing The Batman. One of the unconfirmed reasons was that the script was poorly written. In fact, when Reeves jumped on board, he made it clear that he had a different vision for the film and would give it a new script.
While this may be the third time this has happened, I wouldn’t be surprised if we got yet another conflicting response later on. At least this is giving more attention to Justice League, which may or may not be the final time we see Affleck as Batman.
Justice League opens in theaters on November 17, 2017.
[Source: USA Today]