– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Yeah, we know. You’re getting sick about hearing about Ben Affleck potentially sticking around or NOT sticking around to play Batman again in the upcoming Matt Reeves-directed standalone film, The Batman. That being said, it’s worth covering whenever we get a new scrap of information, so please bear with us as we continue to guide you down this rollercoaster that is The Batman.

Buried in a recent report from THR that discusses the potential casting of Leonardo DiCaprio as the Joker is yet another reason to doubt that Affleck will be returning after Justice League. According to the outlet’s sources, the standalone film will NOT star Ben Affleck. Again, this is no confirmation, but let’s consider the facts. Affleck has been trepidatious about this universe since Batman v Superman hit theaters to a critical lashing. Since then, he’s dropped out of the project as director, and has kept his statements regarding it to a minimum. Additionally, we recently reported on him potentially taking a directing gig with Sony. While we don’t know when this could shoot, it is a possibility that the shoot would take away from his ability to play Batman in The Batman. Again, no confirmation, but we’re just putting some pieces together.

Furthermore, while it’s difficult to tell, the report seems to indicate that contrary to what Reeves has said, The Batman may be one of the films that, along with the Joker film, may take place outside of the DC Extended Universe. Now, it’s important to point out that the report never explicitly says that the film will be separated from the DCEU, but the fact that the surrounding sentences discuss Warners pushing to create this DC label that will take place outside the DCEU seems to hint at as much.

In addition to all the back-and-forth regarding Affleck, this adds to the back-and-forth regarding The Batman in general. Will Affleck continue starring in the DCEU? Will The Batman be a part of said universe? These are questions that I’m convinced Warner Bros. doesn’t even known at this point, though time will tell us which way the cookie crumbles.

Where do you stand on this timeless tale? Is Affleck out, and is The Batman out? 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.