Published: Thu, February 16, 2017
Culture | By Kelly Harrison

Ben Affleck reportedly wants nothing to do with Batman anymore

It looks like the internet is going to get its wish: Ben Affleck reportedly doesn't want anything to do with Batman anymore.

Campea said he has spoken to three separate people connected to Warner Bros who all say Affleck "want [s] out".

By the end of the month, the DC actor had already stepped down as the director of the movie, although he was still scheduled to star in it. Reeves is best known for Cloverfield and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, so his take will probably be appropriately dark. Last summer, Affleck was the one who tweeted out Deathstroke footage that turned into Joe Managaniello officially joining DC's Extended Universe as Deathstroke, who would be the villain in the next Batman movie. Both Gone Girl and The Accountant had been smashes; then his fourth film as a director, Live By Night, was a bomb and he pulled out of directing The Batman - citing juggling too many jobs. What all three have told me, nothing about whether the script was thrown out or whether they liked the script, nothing about the direction that Matt Reeves is taking it in, nothing about that. After all, things aren't looking terribly promising for the DCEU right now and Affleck has seemed frustrated by the pressure and hype surrounding this very high-profile role. Storylines will overlap, all leading up to team up films, Justice League 1 later this year and Justice League 2, likely in 2019.

Monkeys Fighting Robots doesn't want to bash a reporter, but Campea's story wreaks of just trying to sell newspapers. That'd be a major blow to the franchise he's helped build (and put star power behind), but maybe he feels it's time to cut his losses? At least it is if you're choosing to listen to the rumours regarding Ben Affleck's continued tenure as the man now beneath Batman's cowl.

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But if the man's heart isn't it in it, it's hard to see how a 'Batman' film could wind up being any better than 'vs Superman.' So you'd think they'd be better off letting him go.

If Affleck exits after his solo Batman, he'd need to be recast for Justice League 2 since it's doubtful Warner Bros will reboot its Cinematic Universe so soon.

Again, this should be taken with a grain of salt, but it is interesting.

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