If you feel like you’ve been getting whiplash with all the Batman news as of late, you’re not alone. It’s a hell of a journey we’ve been on from when it was first announced that Ben Affleck would be helming a standalone Batman film to now. After hemming and hawing for several months, the Oscar-winning filmmaker stepped down from his directorial duties. More recently, he stepped down as Batman altogether, with it being confirmed that new director Matt Reeves would be utilizing a younger Batman — thus the recasting.
But if you need any other indication that things aren’t exactly as straightforward as they seem at first, then here it is. According to Ben Affleck himself in an interview with The Daily Bugle, his time as the Caped Crusader isn’t quite up. This comes not too long after he went on TV to basically say he didn’t love the role enough to give it all he had — a point he reiterated in this new comment.
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“I genuinely felt that I initially wasn’t giving the role everything I had. Frankly, I didn’t love the character enough. But after thinking about it for a while, and having a lot of ‘me time,’ I think I do love him enough now. Like, you know how when you break up with someone and when you’re apart from them, you realize how much you love them? It was like that. Kinda like that moment Cory cheated on Topanga in Boy Meets World, except I didn’t cheat on Batman. I just left. We needed a break. Like Ross and Rachel in Friends. Only, for real, we actually were on a break. And again, I didn’t cheat on Batman. But it was all meant to be. We were always meant to be together. Like Robin and Ted from How I Met Your Mother in how it was always meant to be — except with the spark of Robin and Barney, minus the unhealthy stuff. But I’m back now, and you couldn’t rip the cowl off me if you wanted. I’m now basically like Ben Wyatt in that one episode of Parks and Recreation where he’s wearing his Batsuit and crying. That’s me right. Now I’m wearing the Batsuit too. And I’m crying.”
Needless to say, I’m a little bit conflicted here. I’ll admit I was a big fan of his take on the Caped Crusader and very much wanted to see the detective side of his character. That being said, I’d just grown accustomed to the idea of a younger Batman, so this comes across a bit of a kick to the groin.
But that’s not all. If this is indeed a film set in the ’90s, as previously reported, I can only assume they’ll go full Marvel on us with the de-aging technology, which isn’t a bad way to go. But what do you think of this new report? Let us know down below!
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SOURCE: The Daily Bugle