The latest word from behind the scenes of the forthcoming DC Extended Universe franchise film The Batman has one noted producer assuring audiences that Ben Affleck is expected to return and star in the lead role. After backing out as a director of the aforementioned franchise production - with War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves stepping up to the plate to helm the latest soon-to-be blockbuster event from Warner Bros. Pictures - things are still moving forward on the hotly anticipated feature length production.
After spending a brief stint in rehab for alcohol abuse, the star of last year's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad has recently begun getting back in shape to appear in The Batman as directed by Reeves - despite recent rumors that would have fans believing the opposite to be true. If everything goes according to plan, Affleck will be back to play Bruce Wayne in forthcoming DCEU feature, as further asserted by one producer in particular.
According to JoBlo, veteran DCEU executive producer Charles Roven - whose previous credits include working on everything from Man of Steel to the forthcoming Wonder Woman - Affleck is definitely not out of the running when it comes to reprising his superhero role in The Batman under the direction of Reeves. Without giving any definitive statement prematurely, Roven stated:
"I have no feeling whatsoever except positive that Matt loves Ben and the work that he has done as Batman, and Ben thinks that Matt is a really terrific filmmaker. I have every expectation that they are going to make a movie together."
There is obviously still room for something unforeseen to come up and prevent Affleck from reprising the role, but based on Roven's statement such an outcome would not be something that anyone involved in making The Batman is hoping for. With any luck, Reeves and Affleck will join forces in time for the start of production in 2018.
Only time will tell how favorably things continue to come together in terms of pre-production on The Batman, but with any luck Affleck and Reeves will manage to come together to deliver the DCEU movie that they reportedly want to make with one another. In the meantime, here's to hoping for the very best as things continue to develop behind the scenes of the latest soon-to-be comic book blockbuster from chief distributor Warner Bros. Pictures.