RUMOR: Ben Affleck Wants Out Of THE BATMAN? Posted by: Bill "Jett" Ramey (Follow @BATMANONFILM)
Date: February 14, 2017
Ugh...and the soap opera continues.
On yesterday’s COLLIDER MOVIE TALK, host John Campea said “I've been told, Ben Affleck is talking with Warner Bros. in an attempt to get out of being Batman.” He continued, “and if they do not let him out of being Batman, the standalone Batman film that ultimately happens will be the last time we see Ben Affleck as Batman.”
Before I comment, let me preface by saying Mr. Campea was adamant that folks take this with a huge grain of salt and that he doesn’t like to post “scoops.” With that said, this jibes with what I’ve been hearing for the last several weeks – which you already know if you’ve done a good job of reading between the lines of the things I’ve said in articles and on the BOF podcasts.
The bottom line is that it will not surprise me in the least if Mr. Affleck wants out, is allowed out of his contract by Warner Bros., and the studio recasts. It also wouldn’t surprise me in the least if there’s some sort of reboot of DC on film after JUSTICE LEAGUE. If they go this route, I suspect that they’ll continue to make DC films, but they’ll be self-contained solo movies and be filmmaker driven ala THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY – a process of making movies the studio actually prefers.
I know many of you are asking, “But what about the DCEU and continuity?” They can simply ignore, but not dismiss, what came before and move forward. Call it a “soft reboot” if you’d like.
As far the cinematic Batman, I suspect they’ll give the next director (probably Matt Reeves) quite a bit of leeway to make the film (or films) that match his vision. As a said before, a soft reboot of Batman isn’t an issue at all. You can do prequels with a younger, in his prime Batman, or you can do one with the older Batman that’s set entirely in Gotham with no mention of any of DC characters.
Look, I've been tell you all things aren't all hunky-dory with THE BATMAN and the DCEU in general. Some of you all listen, some of you refuse. Nonetheless, I hope that Mr. Affleck stays on board and is Batman in a great solo Batman film. But if his heart isn’t in it, then let him move on and recast. I also hope the soap opera surrounding around THE BATMAN gets settled sooner rather than later.
Stay tuned and make sure to read between the lines.