Talk about jumping in someone’s grave before it’s even been dug. It’s being reported that The Batman director, Matt Reeves is rumoured to have an actor in mind to take over the role of Bruce Wayne if Ben Affleck departs.
While many fans met the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman with some trepidation, the actor won over a lot of fans with his portrayal of the hero in Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman. However, in the run up to Affleck’s return to the role in Justice League, there’s been a great deal of speculation over whether Affleck will continue to play the role beyond that. The actor was set to write, direct and star in the Batman solo movie, but he has since stepped down as writer and director, with Matt Reeves taking over as director.
With continued speculation that Affleck will leave The Batman, a new rumour has indicated that Reeves has a contingency plan. John Campea, who first reported that Affleck was to leave the role, shared the new rumour via his YouTube series The John Campea Show. In the video, he reveals that Reeves has an actor in mind to replace Affleck if the Justice League star departs:
“I’m hesitant to say anything, but I talked to a Hollywood producer yesterday who told me who Matt Reeves wants as Batman. And, I’ll be honest with you, the name they [gave] me caught me a little bit by surprise. I called somebody else later in the day, saying, ‘Hey, I heard this, is there any validity to this?’ And they said, ‘Well, Matt does want him.’ But, that doesn’t mean it’s going to happen. There’s been no movement or anything like that. It doesn’t mean anything’s going to happen.”
Obviously, we should take this with a pinch of salt, as with two ‘unnamed’ sources, it’s impossible to ensure the validity of the claim. Campea also claims that he does know the identity of Reeves’ potential replacement, and may reveal the name in the next few days – however, he also points out that all of this may come to nothing if Affleck does not depart the project.
Recently, Ben Affleck has seemed unsure of his Batman future, saying in an interview that he’s “contemplating … a graceful and cool way to segue out” of the role. That being said, the official line from all involved with The Batman and the DCEU, is that Affleck is dedicated to playing Bruce Wayne for the foreseeable future.
With The Batman aiming to begin filming next year, we should find out what’s happening soon enough, and whether Affleck will be involved.