One of the more interesting rumors to pop up this week happened late yesterday on the Collider Talk podcast (via The Playlist) where host John Campea claims that Ben Affleck wants out of the Batman role.
Citing three different sources within Warner Brothers, but adding that one should take this rumor with a grain of salt, Campea says: “Ben Affleck, make no mistake, he wants out. He doesn’t want to be Batman anymore” and goes on to say Affleck is in active discussions with Warner Bros. to remove himself from his DCEU deal.
This would include “The Batman” movie tentatively scheduled for 2019, which means either this year’s “Justice League” or “The Batman,” depending upon how talks go, could be the last time we’ll see him in the character after two appearances so far to date.
Affleck has already expressed weariness and frustration with the ever-present scrutiny he’s under due to the role and his commitment to directing the solo “Batman” film before he departed the other week. Matt Reeves is currently in talks to take over for him as helmer.
His departure would be a shame though – both he and Gal Gadot’s appearances in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” were amongst the few elements that critically were well received about the otherwise panned film. In many ways he’s the central cog in the entire DCEU initiative.
We’ll next see Affleck in the role in “Justice League” which opens in November.