Ben Affleck’s tenure as the Dark Knight continued its roller coaster ride earlier this week when the actor/director fueled speculation once again that his time as Batman could potentially be short-lived. The Academy Award-winner specifically stated that he is seeking a “graceful and cool way to segue out of it,” and now producer Charles Roven, whose credits include every DCEU film as well as Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, has added that while it may appear Affleck is firmly planted in the role for any upcoming solo films, nothing is set in stone.
“From everything I know, he’s going to play that Batman,” said Roven in an interview with ABC News. “They’re retooling the script, so I can’t really say anything for certain.”
With Ben Affleck’s portrayal as Batman being one of the most well-received aspects of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice‘s less-than-stellar critical and fan response, Warner Bros. naturally placed heavy emphasis on a solo Batman film which would not only feature Affleck in the title role, but originally had him in co-writing and directing roles. That changed when it was announced that War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves would be taking over directing duties. While beginning early pre-production work on the film, Reeves also revealed that he would be starting over the film from scratch with the hopes that his vision for the project could lead to a brand new trilogy.
While The Batman‘s status hangs in the air, Affleck’s next portrayal of the Caped Crusader releases this week when Justice League flies into theaters on Nov. 17. The film also stars 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, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Ciarán Hinds as Steppenwolf, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.
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