In the nearly two years since Ben Affleck announced he would no longer direct Warner Bros.' Batman, he's been plagued by persistent rumors that he's eager to put his time as the Dark Knight behind him. The actor went so far as to proclaim at Comic-Con International 2017, "I am the luckiest guy in the world, Batman is the coolest fucking part in any universe," yet the speculation has continued.
That only intensified in August when the actor entered alcohol rehabilitation for a third time, which some pointed out could complicate a return to the cape and cowl because it would result in the studio's insurance costs for the movie increasing dramatically. Yet, despite all of that, a new report indicates that Affleck is determined to continue as Warner Bros.' Caped Crusader.
“He is back in shape not only for his health but he has a new-found love on doing Batman at least one more time again," an anonymous source said to be close to the actor told Hollywood Life. "He feels he isn’t finished with what he wants to do with the character. There has been talk about replacing him, but he is now seeing what he might lose and really wants to play the character again. Especially seeing what Joaquin Phoenix is doing with the Joker character. He would really like to take the character of Batman and visit a more serious tone and side of the character and working with someone like Joaquin would absolutely spark his creative juices. He wants to figure something out with Warner Brothers to don the cape one more time.”
Entering rehab in August, Affleck spent a month overcoming his addiction, and getting back into shape, regaining the build he first displayed in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
The Batman, from writer/director Matt Reeves, does not have an announced release date.