Ben Affleck Suggests He May Not Play Batman For Much Longer

Affleck out?

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While a standalone Batman movie from DC has been planned for many years, it hasn't always been clear what we'd be getting. Initially, current Batman actor Ben Affleck was set to star in, direct, and co-write The Batman. However, Affleck stepped down as director in January, to be replaced by War for the Planet of the Apes' Matt Reeves. It was then reported that Affleck's script had been scrapped, and that he might not appear in the movie at all.

Affleck has now commented on his continued involvement with the DC universe. In an interview with ExtraTV, the star was asked if he will fulfil his five-film contract with the studio, to which he replied, rather wearily: "I don't know about that. We'll see what the future holds."

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In July it was rumored that DC were considering easing Affleck out of the role. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio were looking to replace the 45-year-old star as Batman, a change that would be addressed "in some shape or form in one of the upcoming DC films."

Since Reeves came on board, the direction of The Batman has clearly changed. While the director has since stated that Affleck is still involved, he has also confirmed that his script would no longer be used. Reeves has also teased a few details about his film. "It's really that emotionality that I am interested in," he said. "I want to do a very point-of-view-driven [film]. In all the films what I try to do, in almost a Hitchcockian sense, is use the camera and use the storytelling so that you become the character and you empathise with that point of view," he said.

"I think there is a chance to do an almost noir-driven detective version of Batman that is point of view driven in a very, very powerful way. And hopefully it is going to connect you to what's going on inside of his head and inside of his heart."

Affleck's latest appearance as Batman is in Justice League, which hits theaters on November 17. This week it was revealed that the surprisingly short running time of the movie was ordered by Warner CEO Kevin Tsujihara as a reaction to the extended length of previous movies such as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The film clocks in at 119 minutes, which makes it the shortest movie in the DC universe so far.

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    Smackems

    Bye Buttman!

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    s1taz4a3l

    Maybe they will reduce his DC film slate to 4, BVs, JL 1-2, The batman----> introduce girl Batman then kick Ben in the ass.

    They probably are going to remove him using the infinite crisis "Batman death" using Darkseid omega rays.

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    dethtrain

    Well he's not George Clooney or Val kilmer

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    infiniin

    @dethtrain: He's better than both, but ayyy it's DC business right? Despite bad start, Warner should've left him alone, but Flashpoint will **** this up and replace major chars except childish Ezra Miller's Flash. Damn, if only FOX had the rights to make DC movies with R rating, probably would outperform whole MCU.

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    dragonsama

    Actually he's been pretty good in the role. I get why he would leave though. Other than Wonder Woman which was outstanding the rest of the DC movies have been mediocre at best.

    Then there is the Harvey Weinstein scandal that he's bee wrapped up into as well. I imagine that both him and WB are looking for a graceful way to either overcome it or to separate.

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    Greyfox-101

    He was the only good thing about BvS, and outside of Wonder Woman the only other thing DC has going for it in the least.

    While I believe in Matt Reeves, I think a Batman story in the style of The Town could have been really cool.

    Justice League is on track to be another BvS level pan-fest with its embargo times and the fact that it just looks like another CGI nightmare that was basically the last hour of BvS and Man of Steel.

    ...And I'm a Man of Steel apologist.

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    Geocross

    I remember how internet exploded when he was selected to the role for BvS and to honest I was mad as well but his performance was a nice surprice and many people after the movie was happy with him (not so much with the movie). Old Bruce Wayne suits him and to see him in 1 or 2 more movies wouldn't be bad.

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    Slyster1181

    I think Affleck is ok as Batman but I really dislike him as Bruce Wayne.

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    alucardswrath

    "Ben Affleck Suggests He May Not Play Batman For Much Longer"

    ......Again?

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    Nibbin1191

    Barely playing Batman now.

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    Hagan

    Affleck doesn't want DC, and I don't think DC really wants Affleck.

    I'd love to see Bradley Cooper as Batman

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    cornbredx

    Well, I like at least some of Matt Reeves work so I trust his judgement- assuming that's what this is.

    I don't think Affleck was a problem as Batman persay. Except maybe his age now, although that was an interesting part of his casting as a choice in general. We generally haven't gotten an older Batman and that would be an interesting angle to play with, but a Noir Batman is an angle I would like to see too so...

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    Gaminsincepong

    Hell. They could call me. Ill do it CHEAP.

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    straightcur

    Affleck is the best Batman we've ever had. I wouldve loved to see his movie. He wouldve gave us a good mature story, but it seems they want more kid friendly and MCU styled "fun" over substance. A shame.

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    scottyp360

    @straightcur: not so sure about that. Reeve's Planet of the Apes films, or really any of his movies, aren't geared towards kids. I'd expect his Batman movie to be a similar tone to his Ape's movies.

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    Gaminsincepong

    @straightcur: i hope they dont go kid friendly. I like the "Im gona brand your face" Batman lol.

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    jacobia70

    Like a lot of folks, I had my doubts when I heard that Ben Affleck was cast as Batman in the DCEU. But personally I think he’s been great in the role (also like a lot of folks). From a selfish point of view I hope he stays, but whatever will be...

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    dirthurts

    @jacobia70: Right? He's just now getting his chance to prove himself and he seems like he's just backing away. Maybe it's too much pressure? I mean, playing Batman sounds fun and all but MAN do you have a LOT of eyes on you, and it's impossible to please most of them.

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    altairdarius

    Affleck should have been contracted as old man Wayne in Batman Return series (I think that we will have some movies about that)

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    ogremalfeitor

    Finally some good news.