Even after his impassioned speech at the San Diego Comic Con in July, news of Ben Affleck moving on from his role as Batman in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) are floating around.
With “Justice League” underperforming in theatres, reports of Matt Reeves' “The Batman” possibly going with a different actor under the cowl now has started to leave little room for hope of Affleck continuing as the caped crusader.
While many praised Affleck’s take on Bruce Wayne in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” he was not broadly embraced by the fans the way Michael Keaton and Christian Bale were in the past.
The rumours of him leaving the DCEU have been floating around for a while now, even though Affleck and Warner Bros both are yet to confirm.
However, the “Argo” star had hinted the matter to USA Today himself in November, saying: "[The Batman] is something I’m contemplating... You don’t do it forever, so I want to find a graceful and cool way to segue out of it.”
According to comicbook.com's recent report, Affleck is expected to appear for the last time as Batman in the standalone The Flash movie “Flashpoint” - but not in “The Batman,” set to be directed by Matt Reeves.
It is highly unlikely he will don the cape and cowl in Reeves’ planned standalone Batman movie as the director is said to want to cast the role with fresh talent, Variety said in a report quoting sources.
Reeves reportedly has his sights set on Jake Gyllenhaal as the new Bruce Wayne, but other reports suggest someone close in age to Affleck, 45, may take over from him.
Radar Online reported that according to sources, former “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm, 46, is "gunning hard for the role."
Although Hamm, who previously collaborated with Affleck on “The Town”, is closer in age to Affleck, a competition between him and Academy Award nominee Gyllenhaal will be intense.
Sources said Hamm and Affleck had enjoyed working together and were on good terms ever since, reported Radar Online. "But Jon knows Ben has faced some criticism over “Batman v Superman” and “Justice League,” and frankly thinks he'd be better suited for the job. This is business for Jon, not personal."