Matt Reeves will recast Ben Affleck as the lead in the upcoming movie, The Batman, according to the latest report. Affleck had signed on for this role of the Caped Crusader in 2013 for Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, an announcement that had been met with vitriol from the viewers. The Oscar-winner had proved to be a strong fit for this part and won many people over by his performances.
Despite earning raves for the new interpretation, there has been a lot of uncertainty surrounding Affleck’s future in the DCEU. Though Charles Roven said that Affleck was planning on starring in Reeves’ venture, there is evidence that suggests the contrary. Last month, Jake Gyllenhaal had been reported as a replacement for Batman.
In a report in Variety that details a shakeup at WB in the aftermath of Justice League‘s disappointing box office performance, there is a passage detailing the future of Batman:
“While Ben Affleck is expected to appear as Batman in a standalone Flash movie, it is highly unlikely he will don the cape and cowl in Matt Reeves’ planned standalone Batman movie. The director is said to want to cast the role with fresh talent, according to sources.”
While the news will be disappointing to many, it is not the most surprising. Affleck has been non-committal to The Batman since stepping down as director. Though he has been supportive of Reeves and had expressed his enthusiasm for playing the part, in November, he said that he was “contemplating” how long he wanted to stay in the role. Affleck had mentioned that he was searching for a “cool way to segue out of it.”
It will be interesting to see what ramifications this will have on the DCEU. It is possible that the new actor will portray the same version of the character that Affleck started. It is obvious the current DC movie plan is not connecting with casual audiences, so everyone involved may be better-served with an all-out reboot.