Yesterday, we reported on a recent interview with actor Casey Affleck. While talking on the Dale & Holly With Keefe radio show, he dropped the comment regarding his brother Ben Affleck’s involvement in the future of the DC Extended Universe:
“[Ben Affleck]’s not going to do [The Batman], I don’t think. Sorry to say. Is that breaking news? Because I was just kind of making that up.”
Needless to say, we were a bit alarmed by the statement, and found it difficult to tell just how serious he was about the comments. Of course, had this consisted in a vacuum, it wouldn’t have meant much, but after a year or so of Ben Affleck slowly seem to distance himself from the DC Extended Universe. He first dropped out as director of The Batman, and fans seems to think it’ll only be a matter of time before he drops out as the Caped Crusader himself.
However, in a statement released from Casey Affleck’s representatives, he seems to backpedal on what he said, saying:
“He was having fun with the folks at the Red Sox game — where he threw out the first pitch in support of the Jimmy Fund — and not speaking from a place of firsthand knowledge.”
The representative for Ben Affleck himself went on to tell the outlet that, as indicated earlier this year at San Diego Comic-Con, “he’ll continue to be Batman as long as the studio will have him.”
So it looks like we’re back to square one here. Obviously, if Ben Affleck has intentions to leave, it’s not something that he or Warner Bros. want to reveal right now, especially with Justice League on the horizon, and The Batman still in the scriptwriting stage. While Wonder Woman was a great film, the DC Extended Universe itself is still facing a lot of credibility issues with fans, and losing Affleck when he’s yet to truly make a big impression as The Batman would be a black eye they’d prefer not to suffer.
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SOURCE: Buzzfeed News