Let’s be real for a second, I personally believe that Ben Affleck is the BEST onscreen Batman and Bruce Wayne we’ve ever had.
I stand by this position even though he’s only truly been featured in one film with what can only account for an extended cameo in another.
For quite some time, we’ve now heard a very strong and pervasive rumor that Ben Affleck would be leaving the DC Extended Universe. We first heard word from Collider Movie Talk’s former showrunner, John Campea, that Affleck was looking for a way out. Campea said: “Over the past four days, I’ve talked to three separate people, who are connected in some way, to what is going on over at Warner Bros. They’re telling me that Ben Affleck, make no mistake, he does want out. He doesn’t want to be Batman anymore.”
Moreover a month or so ago, The Hollywood Reporter came out with their own report that seemingly confirmed that Affleck’s departure was more than just scuttlebutt.
Well today, in an interview with WEEI’s Sports Radio, Casey Affleck, Ben’s brother, may have just inadvertently confirmed Affleck’s exit. Watch for yourself below.
“I thought he was an OK Batman. No, I thought he was great. He was great. He’s a hero, so he had something to channel and work with there. But he’s not going to do that movie, I don’t think. Sorry to say. Is that breaking news? Because I was just kind of making that up, I don’t know.”
Quite frankly, Ben Affleck’s departure would be awful in my humble opinion. Aside from essentially being the live action incarnation of Batman: The Animated Series’ Caped Crusader, Affleck brings weight and gravitas to the role. Unfortunately, if Matt Reeves and Warner Bros. truly intend for a trilogy to come to the big screen, we have to wonder if Affleck would be eager or willing to sign on for another decade as Batman. Affleck’s already undergone quite the emotional turbulence in terms of critic response, his script allegedly being thrown out and his stepping down from the director’s chair for the Batman solo film.