Ben Affleck is looking to retire the cowl, but DCEU has no choice but to bring the actor back.
When Affleck replaced Christian Bale as Batman, neither the actor nor fans expected him to be in for a long run. Affleck made his debut as the DC superhero in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and five years later, he is set to make an appearance in the upcoming DC film Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.
It isn’t the first time the actor has played a superhero; he was also cast as Daredevil (2003), wherein he thought the superhero portrayal would end.
Keeping the actors’ wishes aside, the biggest loser in the whole drama has been DCEU, who remain directionless with their upcoming projects.
It does raise many questions about the future of Batman himself, who is the second most popular superhero with Batman with 3,400,000 average monthly Google searches.
While Affleck isn’t the most popular Batman itself, there is an underlying problem that DC faces if they let him go. What is it, you ask? Keep scrolling to find out more.
WHY BATMAN DIDN’T ANSWER THE BAT CALL?
We want to give you one reason, but that would be doing injustice to Affleck, who has quite a few. Let’s check out one by one.
Affleck was surprised and felt sad about the negativity of his portrayal as he said on The Howard Stern Show:
I was hurt. I was less hurt than I would’ve been ten years earlier. But I was hurt because I felt like, ‘Wait a minute, come on. What do I got to do to you know what I mean? Like, I’m just you know, like, ‘Jesus Christ I thought it was an interesting idea but you know what? I also realized at that point it’s gonna be, ‘Now this turns into a petition.’ Now they got this thing, everybody’s going to do a petition. You’re really a hundred thousand [signatures], you signed a f***ing petition like, you have anything better to do with your day than sign petitions? But ironically, the reason I did this is I wanted to do a movie for my kids, particularly my son, that they would see and be proud of.The Howard Stern Show
The actor never moved on from the backlash by the fans over his casting. Signatories to the Change.org petition, which contended that Affleck “won’t do justice” to the role, voiced their displeasure at the announcement.
The consensus around the users of the site was that Affleck’s acting skill is “not even close to being believable as Bruce Wayne.” Furthermore, the failed adaption of Daredevil thoroughly “inoculated” him from ever playing another superhero which didn’t sit right with the fans.
Secondly, the biggest reason Affleck wants to step down from Batman is his unpleasant experience during the Justice League film. Listen to what the actor said to Entertainment Weekly in an interview with his friend Matt Damon:
I had a really nadir experience around Justice League for a lot of different reasons. Not blaming anybody, there’s a lot of things that happened. But really what it was is that I wasn’t happy. I didn’t like being there. I didn’t think it was interesting. And then some really s—ty things, awful things happened. But, that’s when I was like, I’m not going to do that anymore.” interesting. And then some really s—ty things, awful things happened. But that’s when I was like, I’m not going to do that anymore.Entertainment Weekly
He also pointed out how Matt Damon was the principal reason behind the decision to quit playing Batman.
In fact, I talked to you [Matt Damon] about it and you were a principal influence on that decision. I want to do the things that would bring me joy. Then we went and did Last Duel and I have fun every day on this movie. I wasn’t the star, I wasn’t likable. I was a villain. I wasn’t everything I thought I was supposed to be when I started out, yet it was a wonderful experience. And it was all just stuff that came along that I wasn’t chasing.Entertainment Weekly
BATFLEC TO QUIT AFTER THE FLASH
One might reconsider whether it could be true since we have had more retirement announcements than Batman movies. We know the joke s’ getting old and it’s turning more into a trope than a reality.
Affleck has been accidently or not been unofficially confirmed to be a part of Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom by Jason Momoa s’ Instagram post.
Whether you believe it or not, its our job to tell you that Affleck has once again said that it will be his last appearance.
In an interview with Herald Sun, the actor stated: “I won’t be playing Batman much longer”.
Ben also said, “I started drinking too much around the time of Justice League, and it’s a hard thing to confront and face and deal with.” This was why he initially quit the DC universe, dropping out of his solo Batman film.
Affleck also mentioned that the cape crusader can also meet his fate and be completely removed from the film and Michael Keaton s’ version would be taking over as the new Batman.
There is no official confirmation on Affleck s’ statements but it wont be a surprise if Warner Bros. take this particular route in an attempt the flourish their own Multiverse. Who knows maybe the two can meet in future in different realms as part of the DCEU s’ new ten year plan.
Affleck days might be numbered as the Batman but Ezra Miller who plays Flash posted on his IG which had multiple cryptic message in response to the piece in Variety. Miller scrawled the words “HA HA” which is a clear indication of the actor probably knowing the developments behind the scenes.Check it out below.
The Batmobile is stuck in reverse gear, and DCEU is on flight mode; something needs to give for DC fans to celebrate again.