Warner Bros. Reportedly Plans to Retire Ben Affleck's 'Batman' Role

Friday, 21 July 2017 - 7:46PM
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Friday, 21 July 2017 - 7:46PM
Warner Bros. Reportedly Plans to Retire Ben Affleck's 'Batman' Role
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It turns out we're still a long way from seeing an end to drama surrounding The Batman. Matt Reeves' movie starring the Caped Crusader has no solid release date scheduled at present, as the director is being given all the time he needs to make his film the way he envisions it, even if it means throwing out Ben Affleck's script to start all over again.

And now, insider rumors have begun circulating of discord in the House of Wayne. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. and DC are considering replacing Affleck altogether with a new, less troublesome Dark Knight, according to an anonymous source. Naturally, these rumors need to be taken with a grain of bat-salt, but the fact that this is coming from The Hollywood Reporter, rather than some obscure rinky-dink college newspaper, does a lot to add to the credibility of the story.

Apparently part of the problem is Affleck's age, as it turns out that casting an older Batman has come back to bite Warner Bros. now that delays to the movie mean that the lead actor will be pushing fifty by the time the first film is released.

If they want to create an entire movie trilogy out of Bruce Wayne's issues, which is Reeves' current plan, this issue of age becomes even worse. Ben Affleck's no spring chicken, and this is an action-heavy role. Besides, quite aside from his physical health, Affleck has also been struggling with the emotional fallout of recent stresses in his life, which will only compound if he's tied to this franchise for the next fifteen years.

Rumors of him growing tired of the role and wanting to hang up his cape and cowl have been circulating for a while already, and Warner Bros. may be trying to ensure that whoever stars in The Batman, it'll be an actor that's going to stick around.



While it's not mentioned in the original article, there's also the issue of conflicting ideas about what the movie should be. Affleck was meant to direct before Matt Reeves took over, and had a very clear idea of what he wanted the film to be. So having him on set every day will make things very difficult for Reeves - starting afresh makes things a lot less messy.

What's funny about this is how, to most fans, the idea of Affleck leaving would seem disastrous. Back when the actor was announced as Batman, everyone instantly hated his casting - before we all saw Batman v Superman and realized that Affleck is the best part of the movie.

No doubt whoever comes in to replace Affleck, whether it be a former Robin taking on the mantle after the eventual Nightwing movie happens, or a simple matter of swapping out the lead actor, fans will again protest the change, claiming that the new guy can't possibly live up to the reputation of previous stars who've filled the role. This is all just a nice little reminder that comic book movie fandom is eternally cyclical. You either die a hero, or live long enough to bla bla bla you know the rest.



But whatever happens, Affleck is still very much in Justice League, which comes out November 17, 2017.
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