– by Joseph Jammer Medina

The start of 2017 wasn’t a good one for the credibility of the DC Extended Universe. While fans, by and large, may not have been thrilled with the outcome of Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad, many rested their faith on the fact that Ben Affleck would be helming the hotly-anticipated standalone Batman film. However, when Affleck announced he would be stepping down as director, it seemed to shatter any hope of things getting better in the near future.

Some began to wonder if this was a sign that Affleck was leaving the DCEU altogether. It wouldn’t exactly be the craziest thought. Given the turn Affleck’s career has taken, there was a distinct impression that he was trying to distance himself as much as possible from this franchise. Speaking with Joblo, Justice League producer Charles Roven discussed whether or not he thinks Justice League would serve as Affleck’s out of the franchise.

“I mean, I’m not really involved with The Batman, but from everything… We have a cursory involvement because that character is going to touch us some way. If Ben plays that character it’s going to touch some part of what we are doing. But I have no feeling whatsoever except positive that Matt loves Ben and the work that he has done as Batman, and Ben thinks that Matt is a really terrific filmmaker. I have every expectation that they are going to make a movie together.”

Of course, that’s not to say that The Batman won’t be used as a way for Affleck to transition away from the Batman character. That is always possible. However, for those who were concerned that we wouldn’t even be getting an Affleck-driven standalone film, you can likely rest easy. This is by no means a confirmation, and anything could happen, but at the very least, it doesn’t LOOK like he’ll be going anywhere within the next few films.

What do you think of this news? Do you think Affleck will leave The Batman, and if not, do you think it’ll act as an excuse to phase him out of this universe? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.