Ben Affleck Likely Departing Batman Role and the DCEU
Morphed into this headline really quickly today:
As the second story is based on the reporting of the first story, I’m going to say that Affleck is probably a goner, but that it’s certainly not a done deal.
In either respect, it’s not a huge surprise. Affleck had dropped out as director of The Batman, and Matt Reeves had discarded Affleck’s script and come up with his own vision for a trilogy. A trilogy for Affleck? At his age? From THR:
In addition, Affleck will turn 45 in August, so he would be pushing 50 before The Batman arrives in theaters. If Reeves makes a trilogy, Affleck would be in his mid-50s at best by the time that’s done. Maybe Tom Cruise could pull that off, but Affleck’s body hasn’t exactly been a temple.
Well, that’s just mean (*puts away cowl, decides against auditioning*)
It makes sense, no matter Affleck’s age. He never seemed like a great fit in the role. He’s much better suited to the Boston-set films that he directs (except for that last one, Live by Night, because ooof). THR says that Warner Bros. is looking for a graceful way to push him out; he’s already in Justice League, but they could find a way to switch Batmans in one of the other films between Justice League and The Batman, either by simply recasting the role (not unusual for Batman) or having Affleck hand the role off to young, new whippersnapper.
I think it’s probably best for both DC and Affleck, who has a burgeoning new franchise of his own to handle in The Accountant.
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