Casey Affleck clarifies his comments about his brother, Ben Affleck, not doing The Batman. Warner Bros' officially launched their DC Extended Universe last spring with the premiere of Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, which saw the return of Henry Cavill's Superman in addition to introducing Ben Affleck as Batman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. The film also featured brief glimpses of Ray Fisher's Cyborg, Jason Momoa's Aquaman, and Ezra Miller's The Flash, with each of these DCEU heroes expected to receive solo films at some point in the franchise's upcoming slate.
Affleck was expected to write, direct, and star in The Batman, but stepped down as writer/director earlier this year. Warner Bros. has since tapped War for the Planet of the Apes helmer Matt Reeves to direct The Batman, and there has been a great deal of speculation about whether Affleck would still star in the Caped Crusader's solo movie. At Comic-Con International in San Diego, Affleck said he'd play Batman as long as DC and Warner Bros. wants him to, but the actor's brother, Casey, caused further furor earlier this week when he said he doesn't think Ben Affleck is doing The Batman.
While on a radio show at Fenway Park in Boston, MA, Casey joked about Ben's involvement in The Batman, saying, "He’s not going to do that movie, I don’t think. Sorry to say." He then went on to say he was just making it up. Fans of the DCEU were unclear as to what that meant for Ben's future in the franchise, but Casey has since clarified his comments by issuing a statement to BuzzFeed News:
[Casey Affleck] was having fun with the folks at the Red Sox game — where he threw out the first pitch in support of the Jimmy Fund — and not speaking from a place of firsthand knowledge.
Given the joking nature of Casey Affleck's initial comments, it's no surprise to have his words confirmed to be simply that. Certainly, the fellow actor is likely aware of all the speculation surrounding his brother's involvement in the DCEU and the enthusiasm of fans discussing Warner Bros' future superhero tentpole films, and likely meant to tap into that furor. However, he may have misjudged how much traction such comments would get and given the speculation his joke inspired, fans will no doubt be assured to hear he was definitely kidding.
Of course, there's still the question of when The Batman will go into production and what kind of future it sets up for the Dark Knight in the DCEU. The film doesn't yet have a release date - though Warner Bros. does have two 2020 dates set aside for DCEU movies - but Reeves has stated he has ideas for a Batman trilogy arc. It's unclear if Ben Affleck would sign on for a Batman trilogy, but his enthusiasm for the superhero while doing interviews at Comic-Con seems to indicate he'd be interested in the idea. Now that Casey Affleck has clarified his comments pertaining to his brother's involvement in The Batman, fans can return to speculating about just what Reeves and Warner Bros. have in store for the Caped Crusader in the DCEU after he returns later this year in Justice League.
Source: BuzzFeed News
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- Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
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- Wonder Woman 2 (2019) release date: Nov 01, 2019
- Cyborg (2020) release date: Apr 03, 2020
- Green Lantern Corps. (2020) release date: Jul 24, 2020