Just when it seemed Ben Affleck had put to rest any concerns about his future with the DC Extended Universe, his younger brother steps up to reignite speculation.
The elder Affleck, who debuted as the Dark Knight last year in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, was promptly announced to co-write, direct and star in the hero’s next solo film, which appeared to be fast-tracked by Warner Bros. He publicly resisted pressure to commit to script or a start date, until stepping aside in January as director, to be succeeded by Matt Reeves.
Still, rumors persisted that Affleck was no longer interested in playing the Caped Crusader, and that he and Warner Bros. were plotting a way to “gracefully,” but relatively swiftly, transition to another actor — meaning Affleck wouldn’t reprise the role for The Batman. However, Affleck used last month’s Comic-Con International in San Diego as a platform to clarify his plans, telling the Hall H audience, “Let me be very clear, I am the luckiest guy in the world, Batman is the coolest fucking part in any universe.”
That would seem to be the final word on the subject — that is, until brother Casey Affleck appeared Tuesday on WEEI Sports Radio to promote his new supernatural drama A Ghost Story.
“I thought he was an OK Batman,” he replied when asked about the rumor that Ben Affleck won’t star in The Batman. “No, he was great. He was great. He’s a hero, so he had something to channel and work with there. But he’s not going to do that movie, I don’t think. Sorry to say. Is that breaking news? Because I was just kind of making that up, I don’t know.”
Casey Affleck has a dry sense of humor and an offbeat delivery, so it’s difficult to say whether he was being serious. He did equivocate at the end, admitting “I don’t know,” but he wasn’t particularly forceful in walking back the statement.
Ben Affleck will next appear as Batman in Justice League, opening Nov. 17, alongside Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta and J. K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.
(via Screen Rant)
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