As we look to the future of the DCEU following this year’s Justice League, one of the things that has been up in air the past few months has been the question of whether or not Ben Affleck will stay on board as Batman for director Matt Reeves’ upcoming The Batman solo movie. Despite comments made by Affleck at this year’s San Diego Comic Con, the rumors that the actor wants out have been quite persistant.
While appearing as a guest today on WEEI‘s sports radio show, Casey Affleck was asked about the rumors. At first he joked, “I thought he was an okay Batman,” before stating:
“No, he was great. He was great. He’s a hero, so he had something to channel and work with there. But he’s not gonna do that movie, I don’t think.”
It should be noted, however, that afterward he stated, “Is that breaking news? I was just kind of making that up.” So, is the younger Affleck brother simply having fun at his big brother’s expense or does he know something the rest of us don’t?
You can check out the video to see Affleck’s response at the 6:02 minute mark below.
Ben Affleck’s Batman first appeared in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and will next be seen in Justice League where he will be joined by Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Henry Cavill as Superman, Ciaran Hinds as Steppenwolf, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Amber Heard as Mera, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, J.K. Simmons as Commissioner James Gordon, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielson as Queen Hippolyta, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko and Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. Here is the official synopsis:
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.
Justice League hits theaters later this year on November 17, 2017. No release date has been set just yet for Matt Reeves’ The Batman.
10 Comics That Could Inspire Ben Affleck’s Batman Movie
Ben Affleck’s The Batman has been through a ride more wild than a Batmobile hijack. Affleck, initially set to direct, dropped out to focus on playing Batman. Dawn of the Planet of The Apes director Matt Reeves stepped in, but almost pulled an Affleck during intense negotiations with Warner Bros. Finally, Reeves successfully gained creative control of the film, and fans everywhere breathed a collective sigh of relief.
Since then, news about The Batman has been fairly hard to come by. With things stabilizing creatively behind the scenes, questions still remained about the status of the film’s script. Rumors abounded that Affleck and Geoff Johns’ draft was getting a page one rewrite. Which leaves another important question looming in the minds of fans: What will the story of The Batman be about? What comics will it draw from for inspiration?
Though nothing conclusive has been revealed, we do know that Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke is expected to be the film’s primary antagonist. Manganiello has maintained a lot of excitement for playing Deathstroke despite the film’s behind the scenes shuffles. The True Blood star has been thoroughly perusing all of Deathstroke’s iterations in the comics, suggesting that there are plenty of interpretations that the film could use – perhaps even an amalgamation of them all.
What’s even less certain is what direction Batman’s story will take in the film. Batman v Superman revealed some interesting tidbits about Bruce Wayne’s background, including that Robin had been murdered by the Joker. This leaves ripe material to explore in The Batman, particularly if the film should take place before the events of BvS.
The overall darkness and borderline psychotic interpretation of the Dark Knight also leaves open plenty of opportunity to explore the deeper nature of Batman’s psyche. With so many in-depth looks into Batman’s psychology to be found in the comics, there’s a lot of different sources The Batman’s story can employ to construct a brand new take on the Caped Crusader.
Questions also remain about the supporting cast. Characters like Alfred Pennyworth and Commissioner Gordon are pretty much guaranteed to appear. But with announcements of Nightwing and Batgirl solo films, the likelihood of Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon making appearances in The Batman has insurmountably increased. If that’s the case, how would they factor in to the story? Which comic interpretations of Nightwing and Batgirl would the film use?
With all of these questions in mind, and so many possible Deathstroke and Batman-focused comics to draw from, we could be looking at a magnificent amalgamation of story material. Here are 10 comics that could inspire Ben Affleck’s Batman movie. Click Next to get started!