The next Batman movie reportedly features a young version of the superhero, so Ben Affleck probably won't return
- A new report indicates that writer/director Matt Reeves' script for "The Batman" features a young version of the character.
- This likely means that actor Ben Affleck will not return.
- It's been rumored for some time that Reeves wants to reboot the Batman franchise with a new actor.
- The report follows big changes in leadership for DC Entertainment.
Rumors have swirled for some time that Ben Affleck wouldn't be returning as Batman, a character he's portrayed in three movies so far: "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," "Suicide Squad," and "Justice League."As of now, Affleck is still attached to star in the next solo Batman movie, "The Batman." But a new report has resurrected the idea that he may actually be out as the Dark Knight.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, "The Batman" writer/director Matt Reeves, known for "War for the Planet of the Apes," turned in the first act of his screenplay over the Memorial Day weekend. It reportedly features a young version of the character, which means Affleck would likely not be returning to Gotham City.
At 45 years old, Affleck is too old to play a young take on Batman. The movies he's starred in have even portrayed him as an older, worn-out version of the character, who has been operating for many years. It's possible that the movie could just feature flashbacks of a young Bruce Wayne, however. Another possibility is that Affleck could still play Bruce Wayne, and act as a mentor to a younger character who dons the cowl, similar to the animated series "Batman Beyond."
But these possibilities seem unlikely.
The movie hasn't been able to escape reports that Reeves wants to reboot the Batman franchise with another actor (there was even a rumor that Reeves wanted Jake Gyllenhaal to replace Affleck, but Gyllenhaal quickly put that to rest). As soon as one rumor disappears, another surfaces. The movie has suffered from countless development issues, too. Affleck was originally set to write, direct, and star in the film, but stepped aside. Matt Reeves was then hired to re-write the script and direct.
"The Batman" may not even be its official title. It was a title that Affleck had been working with while writing the script, but if the movie is going through so many changes, it's possible that the title could have changed.As Warner Bros. rethinks its strategy for its DC superhero movies, it makes sense that "The Batman" could undergo some major shifts. The studio has reportedly been trying to distance itself from an interconnected universe to focus on more standalone projects, and DC Entertainment dramatically shifted leadership roles recently.
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