Ben Affleck’s Batman future reportedly in doubt

Ben Affleck might be in Justice League as the DCEU’s Dark Knight, but he might not be holding onto the cowl for much longer: A new report claims that Warner looking at plans to quietly phase out Affleck’s Batman and replace him with a new one. Now, if a new story from The Hollywood Reporter is to be believed, it looks like that might not even be happening.With Ben Affleck turning 45 in August, he will probably be too old to star in “The Batman”, the next installment of the DC franchise that is still in pre-production.Warner Bros. Pictures Group chief Toby Emmerich told THR the studio wants to keep Affleck in the role. He’ll next be seen in The Batman (maybe), alongside Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon and, at least last we knew, Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke.According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner “working on plans to usher [Affleck] out” as the Caped Crusader. These plans turned into a full on trilogy with the same plan, but he made a decision to step down from the director chair, having Matt Reeves take his place. THR says it would be wise to bet against him playing Batman in the new spin-off movie (noting that he’d be pushing 50 by the time Reeves’ proposed Bat-trilogy would conclude), but they aren’t exactly sure how Affleck’s version of the character will be “gracefully” phased out. Ben Affleck as Batman just isn’t quite up to the standards I would like to see for the character and it feels like there are quite a few limitations to what he can do in the role.The source added that Warner now plotting the franchise and they are also addressing a change in some of their upcoming DC films.Ben was set to star in the film, as well as write and direct it.It seems the final decision might ultimately come down to what Affleck himself feels is best.Zack Snyder, director of Man Of Steel and BVS, had to drop out filming Justice League mid-production due to a personal tragedy, and was replaced by Joss Whedon (The Avengers), who is reportedly in the middle of a lot of reshoots for the movie, which is due for release this November. We love him as Batman.