Over the last few months it looked like the 44-year-old star would be writing, directing and starring in the upcoming Batman solo movie, supposedly called The Batman. That following October, Affleck announced that this film, The Batman, was something that he'd write, produce, and obviously star in. The indignities kept coming, as Warner Bros. ordered sweeping rewrites to this floundering project before landing Planet of the Apes remake maestro Matt Reeves to fill the directorial vacuum.
Explaining what he had heard from those allegedly in the know, he added, "What has come out of the conversation with all three was this". In a recent Collider Movie Talk with filmmaker John Campea, he mentions that Ben Affleck no longer even wants to play Batman.
"Ben Affleck, make no mistake, he does want out", Campea shared on today's episode of Collider Movie Talk. "He doesn't want to to be Batman anymore, is what I was told".
There is no official release date for the new Batman film yet, but its original 2018 target date is looking increasingly unlikely.
Not just that, Affleck allegedly is so persistent on quitting the Dark Knight role in the Extended Universe that the solo Batman movie might turn out to be his last time on-screen as Batman.
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Perhaps the best thing for fans to do at this stage is to give Affleck some breathing room, and attempt not to hassle him for commentary on social media. However, amidst all these rumors and memes regarding Ben Affleck's portrayal as Batman in the film, reports have claimed that the actor has already retired from reprising his role in future films.
Then again, if Wonder Woman and Justice League don't perform critically or financially, the studio may cut its losses and start from scratch. Late last week it was revealed that Matt Reeves is in "early talks" to take over for Affleck as director of what is now known as The Batman.
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.