Thanks to a small change in the timeline, it looks like Ben Affleck won’t be reprising his role as Batman, and that just may be a good thing.
Writer-director Matt Reeves will be focusing on a younger version of the character for the next film, reports TheWrap. After working on a new treatment for over a year, he submitted the first act of the newest Batman movie during Memorial Day weekend, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He also stated that he placed the script Affleck and DC Entertainment president Geoff Johns wrote on the back-burner and started from scratch. “No. It’s a new story. It’s just starting again. I’m excited about it. I think it’s going to be really cool,” Reeves revealed during MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast last summer.
No word has been given yet as to whether or not Affleck will continue the role of Batman in future films, but if there’s one thing we’re sure of, it’s that he seems pretty confused about the roles himself. The 47-year-old actor has already played the iconic DC Comics in Batman v Superman, which was poorly reviewed because of its apparent darkness, and in Justice League. With that being said, he has publicly offered conflicting opinions about his desires to move ahead as the Caped Crusader.
Back in November, Affleck told USA Today that he was interested in playing the superhero in Matt Reeves’ The Batman. He later stepped back from the role, stating he didn’t want to play the character ever again, and was attempting to “find a graceful and cool way to segué out of it.” This comes just months after Affleck announced to an audience at San Diego Comic-Con that he had no plans of leaving the franchise, reports Polygon. “Batman is the coolest f*cking part in any universe,” he told an audience of fans. “(I) would be a f*cking ape on the ground for Matt Reeves.” He proceeded by saying that he “always intended on doing a third [Batman movie] if Warners wants to make it.”
In addition to the actor’s obvious lack of certainty when it comes to fulfilling the role of Batman, a younger superhero may resonate much better with the new generation. As we’ve seen done with the Spiderman legacy, casting an upcoming actor to play the lead reimagined in Spiderman: Homecoming… in a fresh and current way. It introduced a brand new audience to the movie and allowed for a new saga to be established. While Batman is a classic DC character, there’s no doubt that it could definitely benefit from a more youthful vibe.
In other related news, Diane Nelson will be leaving the position of DC Entertainment consumer products group president. Johns has also decided to step down as president and chief creative officer. According to TheWrap, this could only be the beginning of a greater plan to revamp the entire company.
With all of the new changes taking place with DC, let’s hope the Justice League gets the justice they deserve in a powerful and better than ever Batman, because let’s face it, DC has not fared as well on the big screen as Marvel… aside from Gal Gadot in the role of Wonder Woman.