Is Warner Bros. attempting to retire Ben Affleck’s Batman? · Newswire · The A.V. Membership

On condition that it’s a team-up between one of many world’s hottest actors, and one among its most beloved superheroes, Warner Bros.’ Ben Affleck/Batman sub-franchise has gotten off to a surprisingly rocky begin. Though Affleck appeared snug sufficient within the half in Batman V. Superman—and even agreed to some mild cameo responsibility in Suicide Squad—hassle has continued to plague the standalone movie model of The Batman for months now. First, Affleck opted out of directing the film, and, when the movie lastly did discover somebody to helm it—Planet Of The Apes mastermind Matt Reeves—he ended up tossing the script Affleck had written for it.

Again in February, rumors began circulating that Affleck wished out of the half, and it’s beginning to sound like the sensation is likely to be mutual. At present, The Hollywood Reporter has some hypothesis on Batfleck’s future destiny, noting that, whereas Warner Bros. and Reeves have each publicly expressed their dedication to sticking with the actor, a supply near the movies says the studio is on the lookout for a approach to “gracefully” take away him from the franchise. (It’s not like there aren’t a number of comedian ebook precedents for transferring Bruce Wayne out of the cape-and-cowl position.)

THR additionally notes that Affleck—whose subsequent Batman position might be in Justice League, which is present process re-shoots after Joss Whedon took it over from Zack Snyder earlier this 12 months—is considerably older, at 44, than the remainder of his JL motion film co-stars (Jason Momoa, the second-oldest, is 37.) In the meantime, the actor lately dropped out of Netflix’s Triple Frontier, saying he wished to spend extra time along with his household. So it’s not outdoors the realm of chance that actor and studio alike is likely to be prepared to begin on the lookout for a sublime—i.e., sequel-friendly—approach to transfer him out of the half.

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