There are times when I want to give up talking about Ben Affleck as Batman. This has been going on for a year now. Again, like many things Affleck says about his run as the Caped Crusader, it depends on your interpretation of the comment. The most recent comments came in an interview with USA Today, when Affleck was promoting Justice League.
“The new Batman movie being developed by Matt Reeves (‘War for the Planet of the Apes’) is ‘something I’m contemplating,’ says Affleck. ‘You don’t do it forever, so I want to find a graceful and cool way to segue out of it.”
Back in January, Affleck was slated to write, direct and star in The Batman. A script was completed with Geoff Johns and Deathstroke was going to be the villain. However, Affleck went into rehab for alcohol-related issues and dropped out of directing.
The Story Thus Far
Since then, the progress of the new Batman movie has been slow going. In February, Matt Reeves was tapped to direct the new movie. He decided to toss out the original script and create one that focused on his detective abilities. Since then, things have been quiet on that front. However, the speculation that Affleck will not do Reeves’ film is premature.
It is pretty clear that if Affleck wanted to drop out of the new Batman film, he would have done so by now. Affleck has a great reputation with Warner Bros. and they would want to make him happy. However, he needs them too. With his directing career, he is able to direct the films he wishes to, but it is a give and take.
‘We certainly are in need of heroes in 2017,’ Affleck says. ‘There’s a lot of stuff going on in the world, from natural to man-made disasters, and it’s really scary. Part of the appeal of this genre is wish fulfillment: Wouldn’t it be nice if there was somebody who can save us from all this, save us from ourselves, save us from the consequences of our actions and save us from people who are evil?'”
However, with Flashpoint slated to be The Flash’s debut, this could be their chance. If Warner Bros. wants to make a change that would be the time to do it.