Matt Reeves Rumored to Have Someone in Mind If Ben Affleck Leaves the Role in The Batman
As Ben Affleck is trying to find a “cool way” to get out of playing Batman, the director for sure has thought of Plan B.
On a recent episode of his YouTube show, journalist, podcaster and producer John Campea has reported that Reeves has a specific person in mind to slip on the cowl should Affleck hang it up:
“I’m hesitant to say anything, but I talked to a Hollywood producer yesterday and they gave me the name of who Matt Reeves wants [to replace Ben Affleck] as Batman. And, I’ve got to be honest with you, that name caught me a little bit by surprise. I called somebody else later in the day, saying: ‘Hey, I heard this, is there any validity to this?’ And they said: ‘Well, Matt does want him…’ But that doesn’t mean it’s going to happen. There’s been no movement or anything like that.”
Throughout the Justice League press tour, Affleck has been asked numerous times about his future in the cape and cowl. At Comic-Con International in San Diego Affleck said he’ll play Batman as long as DC wants, but his brother, Casey Affleck, stirred the pot shortly after that by saying he doesn’t think Ben will star in The Batman, though the younger Affleck has since walked back his statement, saying it was a joke. More recently, Affleck has seemed unsure of his Batman future, and said in an interview he’s “contemplating … a graceful and cool way to segue out” of the role.
While his involvement in the future of the DC Extended Universe is unclear, Affleck remains enthusiastic about what he sees the timely release of Justice League into theaters this weekend.
“We certainly are in need of heroes in 2017,” Affleck says. “There’s a lot of stuff going on in the world, from natural to man-made disasters, and it’s really scary. Part of the appeal of this genre is wish fulfillment: Wouldn’t it be nice if there was somebody who can save us from all this, save us from ourselves, save us from the consequences of our actions and save us from people who are evil?”
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