Continuing the "Is he staying or is he going?" narrative that's enshrouded Ben Affleck's time as the Dark Knight, the actor and director reveals he still wants to helm a Batman movie.
Asked about the possibility of returning to the role of Bruce Wayne, Affleck told Daily Sabah, "I always evaluate this stuff on the merit of the material." However, the award-winning filmmaker added that he hasn't closed the door to some day directing a Batman film, despite exiting Warner Bros.' solo feature in January.
"I want to direct a Batman movie," he continued, "and I never got a script that I was happy with, so they are starting over and writing another script. And right now, I think a lot of different possibilities I think for the way the DC Universe could go, and I will just follow my interests in pursing that. And I know that I love working with this group of people, and it was a real joy for me to make this movie."
Matt Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes) succeeded Affleck in late February as director of The Batman, and ultimately scrapped the script the Oscar-winning screenwriter had penned with DC Entertainment CCO Geoff Johns. However, it's clear Affleck hasn't given up on the idea of directing a Batman movie, even though he seems less enchanted with the idea of playing the character again.
There have been rumors that Jake Gyllenhaal is a potential replacement for Affleck in Reeves' planned trilogy, although Jon Hamm is also said to be campaigning for the role.
Affleck currently stars as Batman in Justice League, alongside Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Ciarán Hinds as Steppenwolf, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.
(via We Got This Covered)