Whedon’s Justice League wasn’t easy on Ben Affleck. You could tell that the actor wasn’t having a great time in the iconic role. It makes perfect sense then that he would pass on the opportunity to reprise his role in another film. And after just two starring roles, and a few cameos, the Batman v Superman actor is stepping away. Probably for good!
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) January 31, 2019
This report, of course, comes after months of speculation and rumours regarding Matt Reeves’ The Batman (which Affleck himself was originally slated to direct) using a younger actor as the film’s lead. And while it’s been difficult for die-hard fans to accept, Affleck himself took to Twitter to confirm and retweet the news.
According to Deadline, Warner Bros. will release The Batman, directed by Matt Reeves, on June 24, 2021, with a different actor playing the Caped Crusader. While the search is still on for a replacement, rumours are that Reeves has already met with a number of actors, including Kit Harington and Jack O’Connell.
It’s such a shame really as Affleck’s time as Batman wasn’t particularly successful. Both Batman v Superman and Justice League were widely criticised. Perhaps another film would have been enough to convince fans that Affleck was the definite Batman.