While many fans would love to see Ben Affleck return as Batman in future DC films, the unsuccessful Box Office and critical reception of this year’s Justice League has many wondering what Warner Bros. are going to do with this current cinematic universe of characters. Some have speculated that the upcoming Flashpoint movie could be a way for Affleck’s Batman to bow out of the role, but the actor might not be ready to do that just yet.
In a new interview with DailySabah, Affleck said:
“I like this version of Batman a lot. It was a lot to carry around the danger of being angry and resentful of Superman the whole time, which led to a darker tone. And with this one, Batman is not a Joker and is not as funny, but is hilarious, as the straight man to Flash and other people. That’s a nice dynamic to get to play off of somebody and have a little bit more irony and have a little bit more self-awareness, a little bit more fun with the movie. That was great.”
“I think that is a very interesting phenomenon. In the movie, we see the most extreme version, which is that we have Bruce Wayne, who is the real person, and Batman, who is really a projection, and he kind of takes advantage of the fact that he is mysterious, unknown, dark, avenging, coming out of the shadows and secretive, which helps him very much. That kind of dual identity helps him do what he needs to do. And the question for me sometimes was ‘What is the real mask? Is Bruce Wayne the mask or is Batman the mask?’”
As far as The Batman solo movie?
“For me, it’s interesting, and I always evaluate this stuff on the merit of the material. I want to direct a Batman movie, and I never got a script that I was happy with, so they are starting over and writing another script. And right now, I think a lot of different possibilities I think for the way the DC Universe could go, and I will just follow my interests in pursing that. And I know that I love working with this group of people, and it was a real joy for me to make this movie.”
So it looks like we don’t need to count out the possibility of a solo Ben Affleck Batman movie happening – yet. With how often Warner Bros. seem to change their mind, who knows what could happen at this point. Affleck himself has also sounded pretty uncertain on the subject, so let’s just watch this play out.
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