Former Batman star Ben Affleck has teased a return to the role of the Caped Crusader…in about twenty years.
Ben Affleck was originally cast in the role of Batman for the Zack Snyder’s 2015 film, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and made additional appearances in Suicide Squad and Justice League. While reactions to these films were mixed to negative, most seemed to agree that Ben Affleck was a great Batman and many fans were eager to what he could do in his own film. Sadly, these dreams were crushed when, after months of rumor and speculation, it was announced that Ben Affleck was stepping away from the role of Batman.
Since leaving the role of Batman, Ben Affleck was, at first, coy about why exactly left the role. He later revealed that it was due to stress and fears of an alcoholic relapse. He also revealed that he was simply no longer interested in playing the role. But this hasn’t stopped him from joking that he could play the role again in twenty years or so.
During a recent interview, the person conducting the interview brought up the idea of the actor returning to the role as an aged version of the hero, similar to The Dark Knight Returns version of the character. Ben Affleck himself just rolled with it and joked about it, saying that “maybe a very old Batman would be interesting. With a walker.” In all likelihood, however, Ben Affleck wasn’t being serious.
It’s worth noting, however, that Ben Affleck’s role in Batman v Superman, however, wasn’t all that dissimilar to this. The whole idea behind his character in the 2015 film was that his version of Bruce Wayne had been fighting criminals in Gotham for twenty years at that point and took heavy inspiration from the final act of the 1986 graphic novel by Frank Miller. So while some fans might like to see Ben Affleck return for such a role, it’s worth remembering that we already got this version from this particular actor.
What do you all make of these comments? Would you like to see Ben Affleck return to the role of Batman in twenty years? Do you think we already got that kind of arc in Batman v Superman? Let us know what you think in the comments below!