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    Ben Affleck steps down as Batman!

    EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros. is dating their next rendition of Batman for June 25, 2021. This is the one that Matt Reeves has been attached to as writer and director. Ben Affleck, we hear, will not be donning the Dark Knight’s tights after playing the Caped Crusader in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad and Justice League and that’s because this movie will focus on a younger Bruce Wayne.

    Reeves boarded Batman in February 2017, taking over for Affleck who was originally set to direct off a script he wrote with DC’s Geoff Johns. Affleck, we understand has a busy plate: As Deadline exclusively broke 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 worked hard on The Batman story, but knew he wasn’t the right one for this particular version. A search is underway for a new Dark Knight.

    The Batman will not be based on Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One comic which is one of Reeves’ favorites in the Caped Crusader canon.

    Affleck tweeted about the news:
    https://deadline.com/2019/01/the-bat...ng-1202545821/

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    I liked Affleck more than Bale. When watching Bale's Batman I've realised I don't actually watch it as a Batman film, but just as a great set of movies about a dude in a suit.

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    Yeah looked almost guaranteed he would step down. At least they finally have a date for the next Batman. Reeves finally came up with a script lol. Wonder who the next Batman will be. I've heard Jake Gyllenhaal mentioned but since hes in the MCU now thats probably out of the question.

    Rii wrote:
    I liked Affleck more than Bale. When watching Bale's Batman I've realised I don't actually watch it as a Batman film, but just as a great set of movies about a dude in a suit.
    Yeah I preferred Affleck as Batman as well. Had the look and voice pretty spot on. He was a good Bruce as well.

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    I wonder what this means for Cavill's Superman. I wouldn't be surprised if he was done as well. There seems to be zero movement on a Man of Steel 2.

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    I'm not sure he's stepped down from the role completely, only that he's not going to be playing Batman for the next movie because it's younger batman

    e.g. if there was a Justice League 2, who would play Batman?

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    KevinL wrote:
    I'm not sure he's stepped down from the role completely, only that he's not going to be playing Batman for the next movie because it's younger batman

    e.g. if there was a Justice League 2, who would play Batman?
    Who ever is cast as the new Batman. Affleck confirmed it on twitter. Hes out. I'm guessing we're heading for some sort of soft reset. With a new Batman, Superman via Flashpoint. But carrying on with the same Flash,Wonder Woman, Aquaman etc.

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    Valeyard wrote:
    Who ever is cast as the new Batman. Affleck confirmed it on twitter. Hes out. I'm guessing we're heading for some sort of soft reset. With a new Batman, Superman via Flashpoint. But carrying on with the same Flash,Wonder Woman, Aquaman etc.
    He's out for the 2021 movie. He's tweeted/confirmed nothing that would preclude him wearing the cape for any other movie.

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    KevinL wrote:
    He's out for the 2021 movie. He's tweeted/confirmed nothing that would preclude him wearing the cape for any other movie.
    Stage 1: Denial.

    https://twitter.com/benaffleck/statu...206952448?s=21

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    Bro, what part of the statement "Excited for #TheBatman in Summer 2021 and to see @MattReevesLA vision come to life." says "I'm hanging up the cape forever"

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    Valeyard wrote:
    I wonder what this means for Cavill's Superman. I wouldn't be surprised if he was done as well. There seems to be zero movement on a Man of Steel 2.
    There were rumours of him being out as well but nothing has been confirmed yet. I reckon he's out too though. MoS, BvS & JL left a bad taste in a lot of peoples mouths so I think they are going to soft reboot the universe as you said. Obviously they will keep Gal Gadot & Jason Momoa on as they have been the real bright sparks for the DCEU so far.

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    KevinL wrote:
    Bro, what part of the statement "Excited for #TheBatman in Summer 2021 and to see @MattReevesLA vision come to life." says "I'm hanging up the cape forever"
    Why else would he retweet an article that says they are literally looking for a new batman now? With the headline: Ben Affleck Passes The Torch To Next Generation Of Bruce Wayne. It sounds like deadline got this as an exclusive. Given that Affleck retweeted it.

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    Valeyard wrote:
    Why else would he retweet an article that says they are literally looking for a new batman now? With the headline: Ben Affleck Passes The Torch To Next Generation Of Bruce Wayne. It sounds like deadline got this as an exclusive. Given that Affleck retweeted it.
    Did you read the article?

    that’s because this movie will focus on a younger Bruce Wayne.
    There have been no announcements or confirmations about movies within the current continuity. You may very well be correct that Justice League is the last Batffleck movie, but nothing has been confirmed other than Batman 2021 will have a different actor (due to the fact it's set in a much earlier time period).

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    I'd love to see Batfleck in a good movie, and none of this precludes that.

    Not that I'm holding my breath.

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    Here's a good timeline of how everything went down that lead to yesterdays announcement.

    https://batman-news.com/2019/01/31/b...opportunities/

    Ben Affleck is done as Batman. Warner Bros. and Affleck made it official yesterday with the actor looking forward to seeing (not playing) director Matt Reeves’ The Batman in June 2021. The truth, though, is that Affleck retired his cape and cowl a long time ago. Affleck’s official retirement as The Dark Knight came two years to the day he officially stepped down as the director of the solo film that eventually morphed into Reeves’ The Batman.

    “Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give,” Affleck said. “It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require. Together with the studio, I have decided to find a partner in a director who will collaborate with me on this massive film. I am still in this, and we are making it, but we are currently looking for a director. I remain extremely committed to this project, and look forward to bringing this to life for fans around the world.”

    Despite Affleck’s public statement that he would continue playing the role, I wasn’t convinced. We released an episode of the Batman News podcast that night in which I said that Affleck would not play Batman again after Justice League, which had already been filmed (but not reshot) at that point. Affleck’s public declaration that he was still Batman meant little. “I’m going to direct the next Batman,” Affleck said on Jimmy Kimmel Live! just three weeks before he stepped down. That was PR spin and so was Affleck saying he was still Batman when he jumped out of the director’s chair.

    Fast forward to July 2017. It’s the Friday of San Diego Comic-Con, less than 24 hours from WB’s Hall H panel where the cast of Justice League was scheduled to appear. The Hollywood Reporter ran a story that the studio was working on a graceful exit for Affleck, as he was not going to star in Reeves’ film, or series of films.

    THR’s article was the elephant in the room, clearly visible for over 6,000 fans in Hall H the next day. “Let me be very clear: I am the luckiest guy in the world,” Affleck said when asked about the report.

    “Batman is the coolest f*cking part in any universe… DC, Marvel. It’s incredible. I’m so thrilled to do it. I know there’s this misconception that because I’m not directing that I’m not enthusiastic about it. It’s f*cking amazing. Matt Reeves doing it… I would be a f*cking ape on the ground for Matt Reeves. Nevermind being Batman. It’s incredible.”

    It was tempting to interpret this as cause for optimism, and many did, but it was Jimmy Kimmel Live! all over again. During the Justice League press tour a few months later, Affleck told USA Today what he was merely “contemplating” starring in The Batman. “You don’t do it forever, so I want to find a graceful and cool way to segue out of it,” he said.

    There wasn’t any hope to reasonably cling to after that. Affleck was publicly looking for an exit just days before DC’s first big team-up movie was set to hit theaters. It was not the best time for a non-committal statement, but Affleck might have found it easier to be honest in front of a single member of the press as opposed to thousands of fans.

    That’s just the last two years, but the writing was on the wall well before that. It was on Ben Affleck’s face in March of 2016. In the meme-launching “Sadfleck” interview, Affleck sat silently as Henry Cavill eloquently responded to a question about the harsh criticism Batman v Superman was receiving. All Affleck could muster was a quick “I agree,” but the look on his face said more than anything. He was clearly frustrated and probably wanted out right then and there.

    There was little that could be done at that point, however, as Justice League was set to start production within weeks of BvS hitting theaters. In the wake of BvS, Warner Bros. decided it was best to scrap the idea of two Justice League movies in favor of one while trying to fast track Affleck’s solo Batman film. If Affleck wasn’t already plotting his post-JL exit, it may have been the pressure WB put on him to complete his Batman script in 2016 that burned him out.

    It is easy for forget just how busy Affleck was in 2016, unless you’re him. To speak nothing of the personal issues he was dealing with at the time, Affleck was doing far more than 24-hour days permit. He had to promote BvS, spend half the year filming JL, and write a script for The Batman, all while trying to complete post-production on Live by Night.

    Live by Night was a passion project for Affleck that ended up being his first critical flop as a director. His previous film, Argo, won a Best Picture Oscar®. His other directorial efforts, Gone Baby Gone and The Town, were critical darlings. Live by Night falling well below the bar Affleck had set for himself was likely the result of not being able to give the film as much time as he wanted and needed to give it.

    Ben Affleck was not supposed to be writing a Batman movie in 2016 for production in 2017. That was not the plan when he signed on in August 2013. Justice League was supposed to be two parts, with Affleck’s Bat-film arriving afterward. If Warner Bros had stuck to that plan, Affleck would have been able to start writing his solo film after he had delivered Live by Night, not while he was trying to finish it.

    The studio panicked, though, and decided the best move was to chop the Justice League story arc in half and push Affleck for his Batman script. The studio was moving forward, setting aside the biggest soundstage on its Burbank lot for the spring and summer of 2017. All Affleck could do was try his best to catch up and it went about as well as one would expect.

    That brings our nonlinear timeline up to early 2017 and the two-year exit strategy we’ve watched unfold. The question now is what will be the legacy of Affleck’s time in the cape and cowl.

    For some, Affleck was the best Batman ever from the moment he showed up in Batman v Superman. For others, “Batfleck” is the guy who murdered mercenaries while attempting to steal a weapon with which he planned to murder Superman, among other sins. Affleck didn’t write that Batman, but that’s the one he played.

    The most accurate assessment of Affleck’s Bat-legacy, however, is one of missed opportunity. He played the character three times, and only briefly in one of those (Suicide Squad). Justice League was the cobbled together result of Warner Bros sticking with Zack Snyder temporarily, only to abandon his vision, which the studio stopped believing in while BvS was in post-production.

    We only saw one worthwhile performance from Ben Affleck as The Dark Knight in the polarizing Batman v Superman. We never saw any of the other performances we were supposed to and we will never get that Affleck-helmed Batman movie. Warner Bros and Affleck are moving on and so shall we, but as the news of Affleck’s official departure sets in, it’s hard not to lament the unrealized potential that we saw in August 2013.

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    [insert sad afleck meme here]

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    wtf lol rumours have it Robert Pattinson from the Twilight movies might be the next Batman I pray to god this doesnt become reality, especially since WB/DC are starting to head in the right direction.


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    Despite being ugly, acting is not his issue.

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    Thats pretty sad he was the best Batman imo. Its definitely PR bullshit saying he couldn't come up with a decent script. Apparently his script was the best Batman script ever according to Jay Olivia who is the the DC animated universe director as well as a storyboard artist on the DCEU movies.

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    Good riddance imo, shouldn't have got the part in the first place.

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    I think its pretty much debunked now but there was a pretty strong rumour that Arnie Hammer might be the next Bats. I'm not that familiar with him but he definitely has the size & physique for the role.

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    John Cena it is then.

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    Just out of interest & since I'm bored at work who do guys think would make a good Batman? Karl Urban actually crossed my mind due to his performance in Dredd. He would make a decent Bruce Wayne as well.

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    I really dont care tbh. I kinda feel like Batman and to some extent even superman are overused heroes. And I can kind of see why WB might want to push them to the side for a while. The audience just doesn't seem that hyped for a new Batman like they were post-Christian Bale / Nolan era.

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    Yeah they've definitely been put on the backburner for now. I'm just keen to finally see a really awesome Batman or Superman movie after so long. At least we got the Matt Reeves Batman to look forward to when it finally comes out.