If it feels like the topic of Ben Affleck’s future in the DC shared universe of films from Warner Bros. has been a topic of conversation all year long, well that’s because it has been. This time the latest tidbit about this topic has come from Ben Affleck himself instead of his brother Casey or inside sources at Warner Bros. or words that need to be deciphered from upcoming The Batman director Matt Reeves.
Despite Affleck coming out this summer to dispute reports that Warner Bros. was trying to find a way to move on from him in the universe, it seems his tune has now changed. In a long story from the USA Today about Justice League indicated he could very well be leaving now that this film is done.
The new Batman movie being developed by Matt Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes) is “something I’m contemplating,” says Affleck, who originally was tapped to direct. “You don’t do it forever, so I want to find a graceful and cool way to segue out of it.”
As for where this place to seque out of the role could be, that is not as clear. The Batman being a full Affleck film where he hands the cape and cowl to a disciple is one way to go or there are all the rumors of The Flash film becoming the alternate reality story Flashpoint where WB could use the timey whimey nature of the story to retcon things and reboot others such as someone else as Batman.
With his desires to keep directing films and other personal issues as of late, as well as getting older & not wanting to be committed to a role forever, it makes sense that Affleck could be looking for an exit.
Unlike the 90s where the Batman films were their own universe where shifting actors in and out like it was James Bond was easy, the shared universe nature of this film franchise does present more issues. Recasting could work still but it might be more jarring to fans this time around.
With Justice League the only confirmed appearance of Affleck’s Batman in our future, fans will need to enjoy it while it lasts. A brand new caped crusader could very well be around the corner.