Forbes have written a thorough insight into the box-office fallout of Justice League. It’s in no way an attack on the DCEU, and finds shards of hope within the darkness gathering around that cinematic universe. However, the most interesting snippet focuses on the continuing saga of Ben Affleck’s future as The Dark Knight. The article states:
“Ben Affleck was frankly on his way out the door anyway, and Batman will probably get a soft or hard reboot now — I’ve resisted speaking too much about this publicly, but behind the scenes most sources have consistently stated he and Warner were just waiting until after Justice League to make an announcement, so the box office situation will probably expedite that process for them (which, I would guess, will actually be a relief for Affleck and Warner, since I imagine there’s been some stress and frustration for them in trying to maintain vagueness about everything for the past several months).”
There was a time not that long ago when Affleck was going to be writing and directing The Batman, a solo outing for the caped crusader which you felt he was earning by appearing in Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, and Justice League. Skip forward a few years, and an increasingly disinterested Affleck, perhaps hurting from the failure of Live By Night and wanting to realign his credibility as a filmmaker, has been replaced by War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves, who will be directing from his own script. There were even rumours last week that Jake Gyllenhaal was being lined up as Affleck’s replacement as the lead.
What do you think? Are you a fan of Batfleck? Do you want him to get one last go at portraying The Dark Knight in a film that considering the talent involved, has the potential to rival Wonder Woman as the DCEU highpoint? Let rip in the comments below…
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Justice League reunites Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice stars Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Connie Nielsenas Queen Hippolyta and Robin Wright as General Antiope alongside J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) as Commissioner Gordon, Amber Heard (The Danish Girl) as Mera, Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man) as Vulko and Ciaran Hinds (Game of Thrones) as Steppenwolf.