Ben Affleck has had a one-of-a-kind experience as a Batman actor that Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney and Christian Bale never had the opportunity to bring to the cape and cowl. So far, Affleck has yet to star in a standalone Batman film and although he was originally attached to direct The Batman, he has since stepped down from those duties and Matt Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes) has since taken over.
After stepping down from directorial duties on The Batman, numerous reports have surfaced speculating whether or not Ben Affleck would even make an appearance in the film as well as how much time he has left in the DC Extended Universe. Recent reports even claimed that although he is expected to reprise his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Flashpoint, Reeves and DC will opt for a new actor as the Dark Knight.
Recently, Ben Affleck was interviewed following the release of Justice League. He was asked about his future as Batman and whether or not he’d be interested in remaining in the DCEU despite numerous stories surfacing about his eventual departure from the franchise:
“For me, it’s interesting, and I always evaluate this stuff on the merit of the material. I want to direct a Batman movie, and I never got a script that I was happy with, so they are starting over and writing another script. And right now, I think a lot of different possibilities I think for the way the DC Universe could go, and I will just follow my interests in pursing that. And I know that I love working with this group of people, and it was a real joy for me to make this movie.”
Ben Affleck’s comments hint that he still would like to direct a Batman film if he were 100% on board with a script, which may be one of the main reasons for him stepping down from those duties earlier this year.
At this point, all bets are off in regards to Affleck’s future as the Caped Crusader. Hopefully, Warner Bros. and DC Films will shed some light on these reports and finally give fans an idea on what to expect from Batman whether we see Affleck in the cowl again or not.
Here is the synopsis for Justice League:
“Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.”
Directed by Zack Snyder, Justice League stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Amber Heard, Jeremy Irons, J.K. Simmons, Connie Nielsen, Julian Lewis Jones and Ciarán Hinds.
Justice League is now playing in theaters.
Source: Daily Sabah