For those who’re Batman, then you definitely plan an escape for any and all attainable conditions. It does not matter in case you’re preventing the Joker or chasing Catwoman; you at all times want a means out. Now it appears to be like like the person behind the Bat isn’t any completely different, as Ben Affleck has already began to see past his tenure as The Caped Crusader. The truth is, the actor not too long ago spoke out about the opportunity of hanging up his black and gray costume someday after the discharge of Justice League. Here is what he mentioned:
You do not do it eternally, so I wish to discover a swish and funky technique to segue out of it.
This remark does not essentially imply that Ben Affleck is ending his run as Batman instantly after the discharge of Justice League, however by his confession to USA Today, it is one thing on his thoughts. He additionally famous that Matt Reeves’ solo Batman film is “one thing [he’s] considering,” which implies he does not know precisely when he plans to stroll away. He simply appears to need an exit that respects the function and gives a payoff for his arc. Affleck has played coy about his future as Batman for months, however these newest remarks appear to trace that he is lastly in search of the off-ramp.
The point out of a “swish and funky” exit from Batman appears to suggest that Ben Affleck does not merely wish to go away the function and get recast by one other actor. If that is the case, then there are many established methods to get him out in a means that feels respectful of the followers. Particularly, DC may “kill” Affleck’s Batman in diversifications of storylines like Last Disaster, Batman: Endgame, or Batman R.I.P. Past that, they might enable an ageing Bruce to retire and hand down the mantle of Batman to Dick Grayson (who’s already set to debut in Chris McKay’s Nightwing movie), or Terry McGinnis in a Batman Past movie. DC has retired Batman/Bruce Wayne loads of instances prior to now, so there isn’t any scarcity of in-universe methods to send Affleck out on a excessive notice.
In fact, there’s additionally the truth that the way forward for Batman on the silver display screen could require a youthful actor anyway. The Batman director Matt Reeves reportedly has a trilogy deliberate for the character within the DCEU, and it appears extremely more likely to assume that (given the crowding within the DC slate) we can’t see the primary installment in that trilogy for a minimum of a few years. Ben Affleck is already 45 years previous, and whereas he clearly retains himself in good bodily situation, Batman is likely one of the most bodily demanding roles within the realm of superhero fiction.
No matter finally ends up occurring with Ben Affleck and Batman, we are able to relaxation simple understanding that he isn’t gone but. Affleck will don the cape and cowl as soon as extra when Justice League debuts this weekend on November 17; make certain to get your tickets for the DCEU blockbuster now and take a look at what critics had to say concerning the movie after early screenings.