Just to combat those rumors, Ben Affleck is going to portray Batman as long as DC and Warner Brothers still want him in the suit. Even earlier today the internet was in a frenzy that Affleck might leave the DCEU after Justice League, and not return. However, during the DC panel at SDCC earlier on, Affleck flat out addressed those rumors, dismissing them completely, which means the DCEU is a little more stable than it seemed but a few hours ago.
With The Flash’s solo movie announced as an adaptation of the Flashpoint storyline, some fans began to think they were getting rid of Batman altogether. Or that they would use the Flashpoint to rewrite their continuity to smuggle in a recasting of the character. But not to worry, because Affleck isn’t going anywhere.
He mentioned it in the panel, and then after he left the stage he spoke to EW about the entire situation. This also included Matt Reeves taking on a directorial role after Affleck decided to step away from the production side of The Batman solo film. He cleared up the situation and stressed that he’s incredibly passionate about the character and he has a lot of enthusiasm for playing the role.
Trying to do that, and direct, would probably be too much. Something would be compromised. I think it came off, optically, to the broader world, like lack of interest or enthusiasm. When in fact I love this character. I think getting Matt Reeves to come in and do it is really, really exciting. Matt hasn’t really unveiled his full vision yet. He wanted to wait until Apes came out, and he was obviously consumed with that. So I’m looking forward to hearing what his story is.
He clearly has plenty of faith in Reeves’ talents as a director, and even though there isn’t a fully formed plan for the solo films, they’re excited to get started. He mentioned that the DCEU has begun to really come into it’s own with the release of Wonder Woman. It sounds like behind-the-scenes, they’ve finally mapped out the style and tone of what they want their movies to look like. Ben also hammered home once more that he loves the role he’s been given:
Warners has been working on it, making sure we’re getting it right. That’s the partnership you definitely want. With Wonder Woman, they really hit a home run. With [Justice League], I think we’ve found the tone, and found the flavor of it. I’d love to do it as long as they’ll have me. Eventually it’ll be somebody else, and I’m sure they’ll get somebody great. But while I’m doing it, I’m going to do the best job I can, and really appreciate how lucky I am.
Maybe the fans won’t stop worrying about another set of Batman solo movies, but the man behind the mask certainly isn’t. And with War for the Planet of the Apes quickly becoming a roaring success, it’s not surprising that Affleck has faith in Reeves’ talents. It’s not just Affleck that respects Reeves, but Andy Serkis has also said that if Reeves returned to the Apes franchise, then be would too. So there’s hope for The Batman yet.
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