After a year and a half of speculation, rumors, and reports, it seems like it’s finally official, Ben Affleck will NOT be returning as the caped crusader.
Warner Bros. has finally dated The Batman for June 25, 2021. Matt Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes) is writing and directing the film. Ben Affleck, who has starred as Batman in three DCEU films, is officially out and the search is on for a new Batman.
The movie will reportedly focus on a younger Bruce Wayne but not on a Year One incarnation as previously rumored. Reeves boarded The Batman in February 2017, taking over for Affleck who was originally set to direct off a script he wrote with DC’s Geoff Johns. The original story had Affleck’s Batman taking on Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke.
The outlet note that the reason for Affleck not reprising the character is due to his busy plate. He is starring in and producing the feature adaptation of Kate Alice Marshall‘s novel I Am Still Alive, which Universal won in a competitive bidding scenario. The two-time Oscar winner is also starring in the Warner Bros.’ Gavin O’Connor drama Torrance.
Affleck has commented on the story on Twitter, which can be seen below:
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) January 31, 2019