By Jay Hunter – The Batman has had endured a difficult few months. Shortly after Ben Afflecks latest outing Live by Night bombed at the box office, the Justice League star announced that he would be stepping down as director of the upcoming standalone Batman movie, sighting the huge pressure on his shoulders as a reason.
Shortly after we discussed who could possibly take over the movie as director – along with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director, Matt Reeves and recently Ridley Scott in the running, the movie also ran into script problems and now many people are discussing the possibility of Ben Affleck leaving the project all together.
Recently on The Collider Podcast, John Campea claimed that three separate sources have told him over the past four days that Affleck no longer wants to be The Dark Knight in the DCEU.
“Ben Affleck, make no mistake, he does want out,” Campea shared on today’s episode of Collider Movie Talk. “He doesn’t want to be Batman anymore.” He added, “I’ve been told, Ben Affleck is talking with Warner Bros. in an attempt to get out of being Batman. And if they do not let him out of being Batman, the standalone Batman film that ultimately happens will be the last time we see Ben Affleck as Batman.”
Of course the question then comes of who could replace Ben Affleck in the iconic cowl, especially after many people felt he was the only redeeming feature in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Names that have been brought up include; Mad Men‘s, John Hamm, American Horror Story‘s, Dylan McDermott or No Country for Old Men‘s, John Brolin.
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