The Batman Makes The Most Sense As Ben Affleck's Origin Story

If Matt Reeves is really looking for a young actor to play the Caped Crusader in The Batman movie, then that's a good thing for Ben Affleck (and for Affleck fans). Originally, Affleck planned on writing, directing, and starring in a solo Batman movie that would've dived deep into what makes the character the world's greatest detective, but something on that scale can understandably become overwhelming, which is why he relegated himself only to a starring role (and possibly as a producer). And the project has had a tumultuous developmental journey ever since then.

The Batman lost a writer and director but gained another in Reeves, who is currently in the process of rewriting the film's script. While everything seemed to be going smoothly behind the scenes, it all got turned upside-down when it was revealed Reeves was looking to possingly make a Batman trilogy. In doing so, he was reportedly looking to recast Affleck with a younger actor who could logically carry on the role for many more years. That much was heavily suggested when Reeves turned in the first act of his screenplay for The Batman, which focused on a young Dark Knight.

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While Affleck's fans certainly aren't okay with Reeves and DC Films looking to cast someone else as Bruce Wayne in The Batman - possibly someone like Jake Gyllenhaal or Jack Huston, who've both reportedly met with WB about the role - it's not actually a bad thing. In fact, an origin story (or trilogy) with a new actor as Bruce Wayne/Batman might end up working in Affleck's favor overall - and, in turn, in the favor of his fans.

A New Continuity Origin Story For Batman Doesn't Make Sense

Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne with Robin Costume in Case in Batman v. Superman Dawn of Justice

When it was decided that WB's follow-up to Zack Snyder's Man of Steel would include Batman - with the film later being titled Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice - it was clear that the creative team behind the project (including Christopher Nolan, who produced the movie) were looking for an older actor to portray a hardened, seasoned warrior that audiences hadn't yet seen onscreen before. Affleck fit the bill, and he made his debut in the 2016 film with a 20-year career in crime-fighting already established. As Affleck's Bruce Wayne tells Alfred (Jeremy Irons) in the movie, "20 years in Gotham, Alfred. We've seen what promises are worth. How many good guys are left? How many stay that way?"

At this point, a new origin story just doesn't make sense. Sure, it's easy to blame WB for putting themselves into a corner by casting an older Batman to begin with, but this could actually be a blessing in disguise. Affleck's Batman is already established; he has already fought countless bad guys and gone up against, presumably, most of his rogue's gallery. So, why not explore that past in greater detail? Fans still want to know what happened to Jason Todd, after all. By having a younger actor, one that's 15-20 years Affleck's junior, take on the role of Batman in Reeves' origin trilogy, WB and DC Films can really dive into those 20 years that Affleck's Batman mentions.

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What's more, exploring that past will give greater insight into Affleck's Batman and even explain the way he is in Batman V Superman. One of the chief complaints about Batman in Snyder's film was his sheer brutal nature, the fact that Affleck's version was "okay" with killing. To understand why Batman had fallen so far - most likely due to the death of Jason Todd by the Joker and Harley Quinn - audiences need to experience all that onscreen. Seeing Affleck's Batman (through a younger actor) go from being a newly-established superhero to eventually losing Robin in a live-action adaptation of Batman: Death of the Family would not only enhance Bruce Wayne's story arc in Batman V Superman but give moviegoers an origin story they haven't seen before.

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