Ben Affleck Looking For A "Graceful And Cool Way" To Finish Playing Batman

"You don't do it forever."

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There has been much speculation about Ben Affleck's future as Batman in DC's superhero movies over the past few months. Last week, the star seemed to suggest that his future as the Caped Crusader was in doubt. He has now confirmed that he is looking to leave the DC universe.

Speaking to USA Today, Affleck revealed that the standalone Batman movie that is set to be directed by War for the Planet of the Apes' Matt Reeves is now only "something I'm contemplating." Affleck then went on to state, "You don't do it forever, so I want to find a graceful and cool way to segue out of it."

Affleck's comments are in line with the story that The Hollywood Reporter ran in July, which stated that DC is considering "gracefully" easing Affleck out of the role that he first played in last year's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

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Affleck, who appears as Batman in this week's Justice League, was originally set to star in, direct, and co-write the Batman movie. However, he stepped down as director in January and since then the direction of the film has clearly changed. While Reeves has stated that Affleck is still involved, he has also confirmed that the star's script would no longer be used. Although the movie is frequently referred to as The Batman, it does not yet have a confirmed title or release date.

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YAYYY! Affleck is awful. hes hired because hes known and attractive (a big trend for bats which usually fails). His good movies are those in which he doesnt act, he reads and plays himself. Im so relieved the character can go into recovery mode, having the bat and the joker be worthless guts the DC universe.

The 90s movies werent great and the portrayals of the bat in them maybe worse, but they are right on par with movies of their era, and held against contemporary material which we expect to be filled with campy one liners, I cant hate on the job older batman actors have done as much...but when youve got all the money in the world now and let an always deadpan dipstick ruin your movies, its a problem. I know precious few real DC fans, plenty of pop culture batman fans, but few who know stories and multiple backgrounds for characters, and I defend the storytelling of DC like mad, but he is part of the reason Marvel is continuing to win.

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He went from writing, directing, and starring in a new Batman film to doing none of those things and also looking for a way out. Hollywood sounds fun! Anyway, I'm sure Flashpoint will rewrite everything anyway.

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Nope, solo Bat movie with Affleck won't work. You just can't stand against Bale's Batman. Nope.

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But you know what the best part of my day is? It's for about ten seconds from when I pull up to the curb to when I get to the theater. Because I think maybe I'll get up there and to see Batman and you won't be there. No goodbye, no "see you later", no nothin'. Just left. I don't know much, but I know that.

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Good luck with that. Maybe you can exit the role, by gracefully entering into Mallrats 2, or Jay and Silent Bob Return of Justice.

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Oh well, if the guy dont want to play the character just let him go. Now lets make that long overdue red hood movie and an anime batman movie shall we DC? Do mr freeze side movie too. Or deathstroke or hugo strange. Damn batman has such a great roster.

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He's still better than Clooney or Kilmer...

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@alissa914: True

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Bring in Dick Grayson! Battle for the Cowl!

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Unfortunately he didn't connect to the character at all

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...Until this year, he'd been in the role once.

Seriously.

Once.

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Considering the allegations against him of Sexual misconduct it's best for DC/WB to cut ties with him. No explanation just new guy is Batman there might be a vague reference in the next movie "did you change something" and move on.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ben-affleck-pledges-to-address-his-behavior-after-sexual-harassment-claims_us_5a0063c1e4b0c9653000e727

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resigning now would be good.

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Anyone else think this will all end in a very ugly way?

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Too bad, thought he was both a good Bruce Wayne and Batman.

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While i would prefer Affleck stayed on as Batman, if he truly wants out, then he should just go away now. There is nothing worse than continuing on with someone that doesn't have their heart in it. Also, I really don't want the story to be tailored around an actor wanting to leave. The story should always come first.

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@straightcur: well I would say based on this they do the whole Darksied blasts batman to the past storyline. Then they can reboot Batman and anything else they would like that or Flashpoint.

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Well the DC universe didn't last long... Hm Could we get a Batman Beyond movie now with William Dafoe as an older Joker?

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Ben Affleck Says He Wants A Graceful And Cool Way.To Exit DC Universe.

Weinstein award goes to:

https://youtu.be/NMq6xDHBKwQ

Lol,

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@lorddaggeroff: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=go3fVw2jmQA&feature=youtu.be

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@lorddaggeroff: Way to take that video out of context and ignore what the host said about the interview. It was an inside joke and they were playing for the cameras. She said off camera he was very respectful.

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@lorddaggeroff: Damn he is wasted.