In this week’s edition of “Is Ben Affleck Still The DCEU’s Batman?” – the latest rumor allegedly comes from Affleck’s brother Casey.
DorkPodcast just tweeted this:
Casey Affleck just told me that Ben Affleck will NOT be in “The Batman.”
— #DORK (@DORKpodcast) August 15, 2017
After you all called us CLICKBAIT, Casey Affleck appeared on WWEI Radio and said this (confirmed by /Film):
[Joking around] I thought he was an OK Batman. No, I thought he was great. He was great. He’s a hero, so he had something to channel and work with there. But he’s not going to do that movie, I don’t think. Sorry to say. [Radio hosts inform him that’s breaking news] Is that breaking news? Because I was just kind of making that up, I don’t know.
If they do have the audio, this could get pretty interesting, but we’ll wait and see.
Considering Affleck had nothing but positive things to say about the role just last month:
“Let me be clear,” said Affleck. “Batman is the greatest f–king part in the world. I am thrilled to do it.”
He also spoke glowingly of Warner Brothers:
“Trying to do that, and direct, would probably be too much. Something would be compromised. I think it came off, optically, to the broader world, like lack of interest or enthusiasm. When in fact I love this character. I think getting Matt Reeves to come in and do it is really, really exciting. Matt hasn’t really unveiled his full vision yet. He wanted to wait until Apes came out, and he was obviously consumed with that. So I’m looking forward to hearing what his story is.”
“Warners has been working on it, making sure we’re getting it right. That’s the partnership you definitely want. With Wonder Woman, they really hit a home run. With [Justice League], I think we’ve found the tone, and found the flavor of it. I’d love to do it as long as they’ll have me. Eventually it’ll be somebody else, and I’m sure they’ll get somebody great. But while I’m doing it, I’m going to do the best job I can, and really appreciate how lucky I am.”