After a lot of speculation, we finally have some concrete info on Matt Reeves' upcoming Batman movie: The Batman will release on June 25, 2021, and Ben Affleck isn't returning. After signing on to play the role in August 2013, Affleck only starred in two movies-Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League-and had a brief cameo in Suicide Squad.
Affleck had seemed less and less enthusiastic about the role, especially after it was confirmed that Reeves would get to completely rewrite the script he had come up with alongside DC Comics' Geoff Johns.
There had been rumors for months that Affleck was leaving the franchise, but now Deadline reports that The Batman will focus on a 'younger Bruce Wayne'.
The actor has reportedly played Batman for the last time, according to a Deadline report. It's more Batman in his detective mode than we've seen in the films.
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As DC tried to compete with Marvel Studios by making big team-up films, Affleck soon found himself stuck in unwieldy and ill-conceived, overblown and overpriced superhero vehicles - much of it guided by Zack Snyder. Affleck will be exiting the DCEU after playing Batman in three films for Warner Bros. including the two mentioned above as well as Suicide Squad. He's is, after all, both vengeance and the night, so we're kinda just used to Batman stalking through shadows and beating the bat-bejesus out of people. Wilson handed over the reigns to fellow American Robert Lowery in 1949 for a 15-part serial called Batman and Robin that was released by Columbia Pictures.
He added: "Matt Reeves, doing it, I would be an ape on the ground for Matt Reeves, never mind be Batman".
If the only thing you've seen Richard Madden in is Game of Thrones, then I understand why this choice might be rather unconvincing to you. As choices go, I don't think this is a awful one, though it's also one I wouldn't necessarily call great, either. We're starting to put together our battle plan.
"I have loved the Batman story since I was a child", Reeves said in a Warner Bros press release at the time.