Well, looks like it’s finally happened. Surprising nobody, we’ve finally got relatively solid confirmation that Ben Affleck is out as Batman.
Shock, horror. Who could possibly have seen this coming.
This confirmation comes from Variety, who claim that:
“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.”
Okay, so maybe this still doesn’t sound concrete, but considering how much these rumors have been cropping up over the past year, and bearing in mind that “Justice League” is set to be the biggest DCEU disappointment yet, it’s looking more and more likely that Affleck will get the boot.
That is, if he doesn’t choose to leave of his own accord anyway. It’s pretty clear to everyone observing this slow-motion train-wreck that Affleck has long since stopped caring about playing Batman.
Now seems like as good a time as any to drag out this gem:
Honestly, it makes sense for Affleck to go. At the moment, it might be the quickest, easiest way that Warner Bros can make a logical, positive change to their ailing franchise.
Affleck has become emblematic of what the DCEU could have been, if it hadn’t been so poorly mismanaged.
Fans around the world saw their excitement for the future drain alongside Affleck’s own enthusiasm, as the aftermath of “Batman v Superman” left everyone cold and tired. Then, Affleck stepped down as the director of “The Batman”, and his performance in “Justice League” ended up being lackluster at best.
Switching out the actor who plays Bruce Wayne is a good way of showing that the future of the DCEU will involve positive change, and an attempt to bring in new talent that isn’t mired in the controversy of the past.
It would also make sense for Matt Reeves, who’s likely been guaranteed a lot of creative leeway on the project thanks to some shrewd bargaining, to want a fresh actor who isn’t second guessing his every move.
“The Batman” is going to act as a brand new jumping-in point for DC comic book superhero movies as a whole. A new director, new actor, and altered canon following the events of “Flashpoint” will likely help audiences to want to try out something new and different.
What the DCEU needs now is a clean break, a fresh start. The movie studio behind these films needs to find ways to differentiate their new movies from the unpopular ones that have come before.
The easiest way to do this is to ditch Ben Affleck.
Not that he’s likely to be all too upset about not having to put up with all this Batman stuff any more. If Reeves does get a new actor for Bruce Wayne, Ben Affleck is probably going to be the person who’ll be most relieved out of all of us.