Ben Affleck opens up about his decision to exit the Batman standalone film. Debut in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: DCEU’s version of the Caped Crusader on the morning of Justice, the actor shot the character in the Justice League. From there, he was lined up to direct, write and star in his solo film, but amid the lack of updates and frequent rumours that he wanted to exit the comic book film franchise, fans became sceptical of the project.
Lo and behold, Affleck has finally confirmed that he is hanging the cape and cowl, going to the Batman film for Matt Reeves — who first boarded the project after the actor decided he was only going to star in the movie and write And is not included in the direction. Now, principal photography with the long-anticipated film Robert Pattinson has finally been tapped to play the next incarnation of Gotham’s iconic bat. Affleck has done nothing optimistic about his Batman successor, saying that he thinks he is going to do great. It makes sense to consider his rationale for not wanting to join a solo project, as he recently explains.
Affleck talks about his career milestones, including holding the iconic cape and cowl, breaking his most iconic roles in a new GQ video. He opened up about his experience working with Snyder in Batman v Superman, which, he says, was a more fun time than doing Justice League. In conjunction with that, the actor also reported that the decision to leave Batman stems from his wavering enthusiasm for it, and he thought it would be unfair to take on the project if he wasn’t fully committed to it.
“I had my fill of that. They said, ‘Would you like to direct and star in a solo Batman movie?’ And I found that, at some point, I had lost my enthusiasm or passion for it. And I thought this should really be made by someone who for whom it’s their wildest dream come true. It was clear to me it was time to move on.”
Plot specifics for Reeves Batman are still under tight wraps, but with filming in full swing, new details are coming out about the film. Pattinson is joined by a stellar cast that includes Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as Riddler, and Colin Farrell as Penguin. Reeves also debuted the fan’s official look in the hero’s latest avatar with a costume show, along with teasing his Batmobile. It is still unclear how this film will connect to the DCEU or Affleck version, if at all. Todd Phillips’ Joker has set a precedent for existing films outside of the DC-established franchise, so the Pattinson version may be completely different from what the public saw from the old and gritty Le.
For many fans, the unique take on Batman with Affleck did not continue to be a shame, but it is also worth noting that while this complete defeat with DCEU was going down, he suffered from various personal conflicts. And at the end of the day, he did what he thought was best for him and Batman. It would have been a big controversy if he pushed through with the film, knowing that he was not fully committed to it. Luckily, Affleck’s successor, Pattinson, is nothing but excited to bring the character to life.
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