According to The Hollywood Reporter, a source says talks are underway to gracefully usher Ben Affleck out of the role of Batman.
The news follows the replacement of Ben Affleck as the director of the solo Batman movie by Matt Reeves. Reeves has tossed out the script written by Geoff Johns and Affleck. Reeves also revealed that he has plans for a Batman trilogy, a la Christopher Nolan, and it’s likely Warner Bros. will want him to do that.
So, why is Ben Affleck reportedly about to be given the boot?
The Hollywood Reporter speculates that, beyond differences in vision for Batman, it may be because of Affleck’s age. “Affleck will turn 45 in August, so he would be pushing 50 before The Batman arrives in theaters. If Reeves makes a trilogy, Affleck would be in his mid-50s at best by the time that’s done. Maybe Tom Cruise could pull that off, but Affleck’s body hasn’t exactly been a temple.”
Warner Bros., of course, is trying to tamp down speculation about Affleck’s future, with chief Toby Emmerich saying, “Ben is our Batman. We love him as Batman. We want to keep him in the cowl as long as we can.”
Affleck will serve his third turn as Batman in DC’s Justice League which hits theaters on November 10.
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Justice League stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Amber Heard as Mera, Kiersey Clemons as Iris West, J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon, with Ciarán Hinds as Steppenwolf and Amy Adams as Lois Lane.