Ben Affleck’s face showed up in a trailer for Justice League at Comic-Con this weekend, and I hope everyone got a good look, because Justice League and Justice League Pt. 2 might be the last times you see Ben as Batman. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ben’s secret wish of putting his Batsuit into mothballs might come true sooner than he hoped.
The upcoming standalone Batman movie, The Batman, was originally supposed to be written, directed, and starring Ben. But then Ben decided to step away from the director’s chair, and then his script was dumped. The only thing he had left was growling “I am Batman” while tightly packed into a leather-look onesie. He could be without that as well. A source tells The Hollywood Reporter that Warner Bros. are quietly making plans to “gracefully” get rid of Ben Affleck’s Batman, and they’ll address the change in a future DC film.
Ben turns 45 in August, and THR notes that he’ll be pushing 50 by the time The Batman hits theaters. If new director Matt Reeves makes a trilogy out of The Batman, then Ben could still be playing Batman in his mid-50s. If Ben was ripped to hell, age probably wouldn’t be an issue. But to quote The Hollywood Reporter, Ben’s body “hasn’t exactly been a temple.” Sure, maybe not his body. But you can’t deny that Ben’s head does bear a strong resemblance to Olmec from Legends of the Hidden Temple.
Warner Bros. tells THR they “love” Ben as Batman, and claim they have no plans to get rid of him. Matt Reeves said the same, and Ben’s rep had no comment. Ben recently dropped out of Netflix’s Triple Frontier, so his schedule isn’t set in stone.
Ben reportedly doesn’t want to do Batman anymore, and being out of shape is a great excuse to get out. Of course, the bad-luck version of this story ends with Warner Bros. crushing Ben’s dreams by informing him they want a middle-aged Batman. DC films are all about realism, and what’s more realistic than a middle-aged dude who can’t fight crime like he used to? There’s a villain on the roof – to the elevator! The elevator is out of service? To the Batphone! “Hello, Wonder Woman? Can you do me a favor?”