The Batman is dead. Long live The Batman. Ben Affleck can stop patching up his batsuit with Fix a Flat and exhale, because he won’t be returning as The Batman in the upcoming Matt Reeves helmed standalone movie of the same name. This should surprise nobody since Ben’s sloppy brother Casey Affleck already kinda-sorta spilled the beans all down the front of his lumberjack flannel. Also, we could all tell that Ben’s heart wasn’t in it anymore. We’ll never forget when Ben tried to snag an Oscar for his stirring portrayal of STAINS The Dog (Dlisted’s Hot Slut of The Year, 2009) during that press conference with Superman. If Ben still loved The Batman, he would have gotten the Bat Signal tattooed on his back instead of a fire turkey.
According to IndieWire:
With the news Warner Bros. has set writer-director Matt Reeves’ “The Batman” for a June 2021 theatrical release comes confirmation the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman will no longer be played by Ben Affleck. The actor starred as the character in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “”Justice League,” both of which received critical beatings by the press.
Ben’s divorce from Batman was nearly as long and painful as his divorce from Jennifer Garner. At first he was supposed to write and direct but he dropped out as director, saying he wanted to focus on the performance, and Matt was hired to direct. Ben did write a script, but nobody liked it, and Matt wrote his own. Composer Hans Zimmer found Ben uninspiring. There was some time spent in rehab and promises made that it wouldn’t affect the movie’s release. There was concern about Ben’s age and physical condition. Then younger, hotter dudes started sniffing around the part as Ben’s personal life began to crumble. Sadly, no goofy villains were needed to slay Ben’s Batman. It just wasn’t meant to be.
This all probably comes as a big relief to Ben since it’s been hanging over his head for years now. He’s now free to make a fresh start as Matt and the rest of the DC/Warner Bros. crew can start looking for a younger star to carry on the grand tradition of grunting and scowling in a rubber suit.
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) January 31, 2019
You’re free Ben! Now use those fire turkey wings and fly away to greener, more age-appropriate pastures.