Ben Affleck recently stepped down as director of the "Batman" movie, and there are reports that he is also set to relinquish his superhero role in the DC Extended Universe franchise. This is a devastating news for loyalists of the iconic superhero movie.
Reports show that Ben Affleck's plan to quit his lead role in "Batman" came after his failed directorial job for "Live By Night." Warner Bros reportedly lost $75 million after the movie bombed at the box office.
Affleck first played the superhero Batman in the 2016 movie "Batman versus Superman: Dawn of Justice." John Campea, host of the "Collider Movie Talk", discussed Ben Affleck's plan to quit "Batman" in a recent episode, according to IBTimes. Fans were, however, cautioned to take the news lightly until it has been officially confirmed.
"Ben Affleck, make no mistake, he does want out," Campea said. "He doesn't want to be Batman anymore. I have been told that Affleck is talking with Warner Bros. in an attempt to get out of being Batman," he added.
The rumor about Ben Affleck quitting "Batman" should not come as a surprise to fans at all since the Oscar-winning actor already hinted on it in a previous interview. Affleck reportedly said he is not going to do the standalone movie if he does not think it is going great.
Ben Affleck said the role of Batman is very demanding and it requires focus, according to Express. He gave up the directorial job so he could focus on playing Batman, but he assured his fans that he is still in the movie.
Kevin Tsujihara, Chairman, and CEO of Warner Bros, earlier confirmed that Affleck will start in a standalone Batman movie. The much-awaited movie does not, however, have an official release date yet.
Affleck's "The Batman" is expected to pave the way to several standalone movies with him playing the superhero. Fans should watch out for the "Justice League" in November this year, as it also stars Affleck.