The past year or so of drama surrounding the question of Ben Affleck’s future as Batman can best be described by a mental image of a man backing very slowly toward a door, hoping nobody notices he’s trying to escape. But with Justice League about to hit theaters, we could finally be seeing the finale of Ben Affleck’s escape from the role.
In a new interview on USA Today, Affleck revealed that he’s still uncertain about whether or not Batlfeck will star in the next Batflick:
The new Batman movie being developed by Matt Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes) is “something I’m contemplating,” says Affleck, who originally was tapped to direct. “You don’t do it forever, so I want to find a graceful and cool way to segue out of it.”
Affleck’s position on the role has changed drastically over the past year. Originally, in happier times, Affleck was set to write, direct, and star in The Batman. But then he started making a series of increasingly negative comments about it, and then promptly backtracking on them.
First, Affleck said that he was going to take his time to get the movie right:
He followed that up shortly thereafter with a similar message:
And then he said he might not even make the movie at all!
But suddenly, today, Affleck seemed to have a major change of heart, praising the movie and calling it “ahead of the curve:”
He even confirmed that he would indeed direct The Batman:
And then he promptly dropped out of directing it, passing the burden to Matt Reeves. And it wasn’t long after that when it was revealed he wouldn’t be writing the movie. Then speculation began on whether Affleck even wanted to be Batman any more at all, and that Warner Bros was looking for a way to gracefully phrase him out, a description you’ll notice he also used in the quote today. In typical wishy washy fashion, Affleck denied the rumors, but as they continued, Affleck appeared more and more weary trying to keep up the facade.
And now, he’s finally admitted that he’s planning his exit. Don’t be surprised if it comes sooner rather than later, specifically immediately after he no longer needs to promote Justice League, which hits theaters on Friday, November 17.