Ben Affleck has officially retired his run as the Batman of the DC Extended Universe now that the upcoming film written and directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield; War for the Planet of the Apes) is going to be centered on a younger Bruce Wayne.
Although the Ben Affleck era has come to an end, fans of the Academy Award-winning filmmaker’s portrayal of the Caped Crusader are still celebrating his run in the DCEU with some fan art that incorporates different elements and eras of the character throughout his history in the comic book panels, television shows and big screen outings.
In this fan artwork, we see Ben Affleck alongside Commissioner Gordon (J.K. Simmons) as seen in 2017’s Justice League – his final performance as the hero. Ben Affleck is shown donning a different suit design that also includes the iconic white eyes on his cowl. You can see the artwork of Ben Affleck down below:
In regards to the big screen outings of the Dark Knight, the only time his white eyes were portrayed in live-action form was also with Ben Affleck when they were presented glowing on the cowl of his mech suit that he used to battle Superman (Henry Cavill) with in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight had a visual nod to the glowing eyes when Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne dons a cowl that is using sonar lenses to find the Joker (Heath Ledger).
The white eyes have been traditionally seen in the many comic book incarnations of the character as well as in the numerous animated series and films centered on the World’s Greatest Detective.
Do you think Matt Reeves’ take on the Dark Knight will utilize the iconic white eyes in his cowl? Sound off in the comments below, and stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the project.
Plot details for The Batman are currently under wraps, though Matt Reeves is looking to cast a younger Bruce Wayne to replace Ben Affleck and the film will include multiple villains. Matt Reeves also confirmed that it will not be directly based on Frank Miller’s Year One comic and will use of the Dark Knight’s detective skills to a greater extent than previous DC Films.
Matt Reeves’ The Batman is one of many projects currently being developed by Warner Bros. and DC Films. The list also includes a Flash standalone film, Green Lantern Corps, Birds of Prey, Black Adam, Suicide Squad 2, Nightwing, Supergirl, Plastic Man and New Gods.
The Batman is set to open in theaters on June 25, 2021.
Top Actors To Replace Ben Affleck In Matt Reeves’ ‘The Batman’
Ben Affleck is officially out as Batman and it's a pretty sad day.
Words cannot describe how sad I am to see Ben Affleck announce that he's no longer Batman. His Batman is why I do what I do. In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, I fell in love with his comic book-accurate interpretation of the Caped Crusader. It was a breath of fresh air and it felt like we finally had the one true Batman.
Three years have quickly sped by and we're officially going to receive a new Batman for his next movie. Last night, Ben Affleck announced that he will not return as the Dark Knight in Matt Reeves' The Batman and now everyone's attention has moved towards wanting to know who the next Bruce Wayne will be. Matt Reeves is said to want an actor that's around 20 years younger than Affleck while Warner Bros. wants someone older. My guess is that Reeves wants a fresh start while the studio wants an older actor for crossover potential.
In this list, I will discuss the actors I think can replace Ben Affleck as Batman using the parameters that Matt Reeves and Warner Bros. want. Hit Next to see our picks to play the Batman.
Michael Fassbender is an X-Men alum and no stranger to comic book franchises. The actor has shown multiple levels of range and could definitely handle the Batman/Bruce Wayne personality. If they go with the older range for the next Dark Knight, then Fassbender is probably one of the best choices to take over the role.
Ben Barnes is out of a job after The Punisher season 2 and he's one of the best actors in that series. The second season tied up Barnes' arc on The Punisher and the actor has already told us that that he'd love to play the Caped Crusader. Barnes definitely has the pretty boy look going on for him and I wonder what his take on Bruce Wayne could be.
I've said this before and I'll say it again: Ryan Gosling needs to star in a superhero movie. I've always thought Gosling would make a great Batman. Every role that he's done has shown us his capability and he could crush it as Bruce Wayne.
Jon Hamm is my top choice for an older Batman. If Warner Bros. wants to cast an older actor for crossover potential, Jon Hamm is the studio's best bet. He has a similar look to Ben Affleck, and c'mon, the guy's look just screams Bruce Wayne.
Armie Hammer is 32 years old and was cast as the Caped Crusader in George Miller's Justice League: Mortal. That film will never see the light of day, but that doesn’t mean that Hammer doesn't deserve a second shot at being the Batman. He's charming, broody and will probably give his all for this role. Armie Hammer is a great option because he's young enough for Matt Reeves and Warner Bros. could work in a way for him to crossover with the rest of the DC Extended Universe.
Game of Thrones alum Richard Madden is my top choice to replace Ben Affleck as Batman. The actor is young, has the look and definitely has the acting chops to play the duality of Batman and Bruce Wayne. Madden just won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television series for the BBC drama Bodyguard, so Warner Bros. may want to quickly snatch him up.