Ben Affleck Shoots Down the Rumors That He's Retiring as Batman

Monday, 24 July 2017 - 5:19AM
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Monday, 24 July 2017 - 5:19AM
Ben Affleck Shoots Down the Rumors That He's Retiring as Batman
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There's been a lot of talk of Ben Affleck stepping down as Batman recently, with The Hollywood Reporter claiming that higher-ups within DC Entertainment are considering letting the actor escape the shackles of watching his directorial replacement, Matt Reeves, rework the entire movie from scratch, even ditching the script that Affleck co-wrote for The Batman.

But according to Ben Affleck himself, reports of his dissatisfaction have been greatly exaggerated. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly over the Comic Con weekend, Affleck stated that he's still absolutely thrilled about playing Batman, and that he's more than happy to see the movie's directing gig go to Matt Reeves instead:

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"Trying to do that, and direct, would probably be too much. Something would be compromised. I think it came off, optically, to the broader world, like lack of interest or enthusiasm. When in fact I love this character. I think getting Matt Reeves to come in and do it is really, really exciting. Matt hasn't really unveiled his full vision yet. He wanted to wait until Apes came out, and he was obviously consumed with that. So I'm looking forward to hearing what his story is.

"Warners has been working on it, making sure we're getting it right. That's the partnership you definitely want. With Wonder Woman, they really hit a home run. With (Justice League), I think we've found the tone, and found the flavor of it. I'd love to do it as long as they'll have me. Eventually it'll be somebody else, and I'm sure they'll get somebody great. But while I'm doing it, I'm going to do the best job I can, and really appreciate how lucky I am."
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Considering just how frustrated Affleck got with The Batman (or more specifically, the fan pressure surrounding the movie) in the weeks before he walked away from the director's chair, it's understandable that some might think he's ready to ditch the famous role entirely. The actor's insistence that no, he's completely on board with the future of the franchise, should go some way to quelling awkward rumors. That said, The Hollywood Reporter's article on the subject (which at the time we warned should be taken with a grain of bat-salt) suggests that it's not Affleck's attitude, but his age, that's the problem. Affleck is no spring chicken, and if The Batman will be delayed by five years or more until new director Matt Reeves has finished rebuilding the project from the ground up, it might be difficult for Affleck to pull off a big action role for a trilogy of films.

DC even has the perfect opportunity to swap a new actor into the Batman role. The Flash movie will apparently be based on the Flashpoint comic event, which has been used to soft reboot both the entire DC comics line and the Flash television show. DC could use this movie as the perfect opportunity to switch out any actors or change parts of DCEU canon that doesn't fit with their new direction. The latest trailer for Justice League specifically references Batman Returns, presumably in an attempt to remind us that this version of Bruce Wayne is already past his prime. So while Affleck isn't ditching the role yet, it seems that a new Batman is on the horizon for the DCEU.
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