The Superman suit isn’t the only spandex superhero costume that Warner Bros. might have to think about filling with a new actor. Rumors that Ben Affleck is done playing Batman have been circulating for over a year now, and Warner Bros. has never commented on that. If Warner Bros. is thinking of replacing Ben, Jon Hamm is up for it.
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.
Ben Affleck announced on Facebook yesterday that he spent time in rehab for an alcohol addiction. Many people reacted by wondering just how many more stories about Jennifer Garner divorcing/not divorcing Ben we were about to get. Nerds, on the other hand, were probably wondering what his trip to rehab might mean for The Batman.
There’s no need to worry about it, if that’s something that kept you awake last night. A source tells Entertainment Weekly that Ben’s trip to rehab hasn’t affected production. The source claims Ben is still working on the script, and he’s doing it with DC Comic’s chief creative officer Geoff Johns. As of a month ago, there was talk that The Batman was without a director, but Warner Bros. has since confirmed that Matt Reeves will direct. Also, according to Variety’s Justin Kroll, The Batman isn’t going to happen for a while.
Hearing Matt Reeves contracted to work on APES till at least end of June, so production on BATMAN likely not starting till 2018
— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) March 14, 2017
This is probably terrible news for Ben Affleck. There have been rumors that Ben really doesn’t want to be Batman anymore. And I’m sure a little part of him was hoping they’d just start production without him. Now he’s stuck waiting around until 2018. You know, alcohol rehab might still work to his benefit. “Uh oh, don’t think working on The Batman is good for me right now. Bat rhymes with vat. Booze is sometimes distilled in a vat. I’m sort of trying to stay away from booze and…uh…words that rhyme with booze-y things. Gosh, so sorry guys! Looks like I’m out.”
Batman used to be the coolest bitch on the block, with the cape and the batarangs and only the most interesting psychotics with the most eclectic dress sense trying to kill him. That was then. This is now. He’s allegedly down to only 40 followers on Instagram (most of which are instaspam), Commissioner James Gordon is totally screening his calls, and NO ONE wants to direct his next movie.
Now Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves has also decided to pull out of directing The Batman movie, faster than the Batman pulls out of Catwoman.