Ben Affleck is finally shedding some light on his exit from Matt Reeves' The Batman, while also confirming the upcoming reboot movie will feature a young version of the Caped Crusader.
While promoting new movie Triple Frontier, Affleck confirmed to ET Canada what everyone already expected. "I'm looking forward to it. They've got a great director," he said. Discussing the plot of The Bamtan, Affleck teased, "They're doing a kind of, I don't want to give away anything because they get...but they're doing a young version, a more starting-out version with a younger guy... I'm sure it will be great."
So, after Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins in 2005, Warner Bros. will once again focus on Bruce Wayne's younger days as he takes on the mantle of the Dark Knight.
With the Batman shortlist including (at one point or another) young names like Armie Hammer, Skins' Jack O'Connell and Robert Pattinson, it was increasingly likely that fans would see an inexperienced version of the Caped Crusader in his next outing. Even Nick Jonas has thrown his Batarang into the ring, hoping he fits the brief of a younger actor. Finally, Jake Gyllenhaal remains a popular choice and represents the slightly older end of the spectrum when it comes to casting rumors.
At one point, sources suggested Affleck could bookend The Batman while leaving the majority of the movie open for a younger star to take up the mantle in future installments. However, it now sounds like Warner Bros. is concentrating solely on a junior version of Bruce Wayne and his superhero alter ego.
Although Affleck doesn't go into detail about whether his original script would've also included a younger version of Gotham City's vigilante protector, the 46-year old said he didn't think his Batman movie was worth making. As it stands, The Batman is rumored to have up to four villains, so it looks like Reeves is putting the pieces in place for a new era of the character that could span a multiple-movie arc.
Either way, Reeves and the studio are going for the complete opposite of the Affleck years. Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice featured a more established version of Batman and borrowed from Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns. Whether The Batman will be another Nolan-inspired origin movie or pick up with Bruce in full Batman mode remains to be seen.
The Batman is written and directed by Matt Reeves. It is scheduled to be released on June 25, 2021.