Alright, this is starting to get a little annoying. After over a year of “will he, won’t he” type shenanigans we usually only see from old sitcoms with two leads we want to see become a couple, Ben Affleck continues to flirt with the idea of leaving the role of the DCEU ‘Batman that he began in ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.’ Although to be fair, after the phoned-in performance we got from him in ‘Justice League,’ I’m a lot more open to the man moving on to other projects where he can show off his talent behind the camera and let someone excited about the role of Batman move in (already there are rumors that Jake Gyllenhaal and Jon Hamm are in the running).
While speaking recently with the Daily Sabah, Affleck provided yet another baffling statement regarding his future as Batman:
“For me, it’s interesting, and I always evaluate this stuff on the merit of the material. I want to direct a Batman movie, and I never got a script that I was happy with, so they are starting over and writing another script. And right now, I think a lot of different possibilities I think for the way the DC Universe could go, and I will just follow my interests in pursing that. And I know that I love working with this group of people, and it was a real joy for me to make this movie.”
Which just follows a year of confusing statements from Affleck about whether or not he will continue to play Batman following ‘Justice League,’ especially in regards to the standalone ‘Batman’ film which he was once helming and is now being directed by Matt Reeves. Back at Comic-Con, he sounded excited to be working with Reeves, saying:
“With Matt Reeves doing it, I would be an ape on the ground for Matt Reeves, nevermind being Batman. It’s incredible.”
Many are speculating that Affleck’s confirmed appearance in ‘The Flashpoint’ film is the perfect out for the man, as the altering of reality that is sure to occur due to Barry Allen and the Reverse Flash changing the timeline would be a perfect excuse for a new face to be under the mask once everything is settled, thus allowing Warner Bros/ DC to maintain some kind of continuity and allowing Affleck to retire from the role without audiences simply seeing a new man playing Batman without there being any explanation.
What are your thoughts here? Do you, like me, wish that Affleck would just make up his mind so DC could move on and work on fixing the dozens of other problems with the DCEU? Share your thoughts in the comments below!