It looks like ‘Batfleck’ may no longer be a thing..
There is news today that Ben Affleck will reportedly step down from his role as the caped-crusader in The Batman, which is scheduled for release in 2021. Affleck has been in the batsuit for DC’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016), Justice League (2017) and even makes a brief cameo in Suicide Squad (2016), but it looks as though his time as Bruce Wayne has come to an end.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ben Affleck will step down from playing the role in Matt Reeves’ The Batman as the film is reportedly focusing on a younger Bruce Wayne. Affleck himself tweeted earlier today “Excited for #TheBatman in Summer 2021 and to see @MattReevesLA vision come to life”. Interestingly, he retweeted an article claiming from Deadline Hollywood that Affleck was passing the torch to the next generation of Bruce Wayne, basically confirming that he will no longer be playing The Dark Knight.
It’s been a bit of a tumultuous process for the film in general, because in 2017 it was announced that Affleck would direct and star in the film, however DC really do sound like they’re going in another direction for The Batman, with Affleck no longer directing the film and Matt Reeves taking over the reigns. Apparently the search is now on for a new Batman, so that begs the question: who will it be?
A lot of news came out of The DC camp yesterday, with release dates confirmed for The Batman, as well as DC Super Pets and it was confirmed that a brand new reboot of The Suicide Squad is set for release in 2021 as well, which is set to be written and directed by James Gunn, after he left The Guardians Of The Galaxy 3 last year. There are two things there which need pointing out: What a great move by DC by getting Gunn on board to reboot Suicide Squad and what the hell is DC Super Pets going to be about? Well, DC Super Pets is apparently going to focus on the pets of the superheroes. Fair enough. It’s still a couple of years away and obviously, a lot can change but 2021 is looking like it will be a huge year for DC.