Could the days of Batfleck be coming to an end? In the latest rumour to suggest discontent at Warner Bros when it comes to its DC superhero films, it is being suggested that Ben Affleck no longer wants to play Batman.
The news comes shortly after Affleck departed ‘The Batman’s directors chair not long before shooting was set to begin. ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ director Matt Reeves has been touted as his replacement.
This new rumour comes from Collider Movie Talk host John Campea, who admittedly says himself to take the his report with a “massive grain of salt”.
He says: “Over the past four days, I’ve talked to three separate people, who are connected in some way, to what is going on over at Warner Bros. What all three have told me… They’re telling me that, Ben Affleck, make no mistake, he does want out. He doesn’t want to be Batman anymore.
Affleck is contracted to play the Caped Crusader for a third time in the solo film, following his debut in last year’s ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ and this year’s ‘Justice League’.
“I have been told that Affleck is talking with Warner Bros in an attempt to get out of being Batman. If they do not let him out of [his contract], the stand alone Batman film that ultimately happens will be the last time we see Affleck as Batman, because he apparently wants out.”
To hear the rumour for yourself, listen from the 17:41 mark of the video embedded below.
This also follows reports that ‘The Batman’ is heading back to the drawing board for “anything from ‘major rewrites’ to ‘a completely new script’”.
Warner Bros has encountered a huge amount of problems when it comes to the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) not least the negative critical receptions to each of its three films to date: ‘Man of Steel’, ‘Batman v Superman’ and ‘Suicide Squad’.
Between scripts being rewritten, releases been shuffled and most directors (other than Zack Snyder) typically lasting as long as petrol-station flowers – Warner Bros needs a critical hit, and it needs it soon.
Currently, ‘Wonder Woman’ is set for release in July with ‘Justice League’ following in December. A solo ‘Aquaman’ film with Jason Momoa is currently in production for 2018, with ‘The Batman’ penciled in to follow.
Films starring Ezra Miller’s The Flash, the Green Lanterns, Ray Fisher’s Cyborg and The Rock’s Black Adam are also in various stages of pre-production.
‘The Batman’ which as far as we know will still star Affleck as the Dark Knight, working from a script co-written by Affleck, Chris Terrio and Geoff Johns, is believed to be in the works for a 2019 release.