Amist all the San Diego Comic Con news, there are a lot of rumors of what’s going on behind-the-scenes, and like wildfire today one rumor shot to the top: Ben Affleck is out as Batman. Now, this hasn’t been confirmed by Warner Bros. or by Affleck himself, but it is a serious talking point for legitimate reasons.
This claim comes from The Hollywood Reporter, who notes that Warner Bros. is going to “gracefully” ease out Ben Affleck as Batman. Now, to be clear, He has finished his scenes in Justice League, and he will star in The Batman, which will be directed by Matt Reeves. After that? No one knows.
Now, as for why WB is even planning this, the main concern is age. Affleck is 45 right now, and if things go the planned route, The Batman won’t release until he’s near 50, and Reeves wants to do a trilogy, that’s pushing it in many peoples. Plus, after the mixed reaction to Batman V Superman, and Affleck stepping down from both directing and writing duties for The Batman, some think he wants to step away from it himself.
So, what does “gracefully” mean? Well, it could mean that the upcoming Nightwing movie might pave the way for whoever Dick Grayson is played by to ascend to the mantle, and then have Affleck in a type of mentor mode ala Batman Beyond, but again, it’s hard to say.
What is clear though, is that when Warner Bros. arrives at San Diego Comic Con tomorrow to talk about the films, EVERYONE is going to want to hear from them what’s going on.