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So, it’s that time of the week again, apparently, wherein we ponder the future of Ben Affleck in the DCEU.
Yes, we’re flogging that horse yet again!
Following on from recent comments from Justice League‘s producer Charles Roven, wherein Roven spoke about Affleck’s involvement in the upcoming The Batman movie, saying; “I can’t really say anything for certain”, there’s been new doubt thrown onto the whole thing.
So much so, that a new rumour has sprouted up suggesting that Jake Gyllenhaal is being circled for the role.
John Campea previously reported that director Matt Reeves has another actor in mind for The Batman lead role, with Campea’s comments now suggesting Gyllenhaal could very well be up for the role.
Of course, this is all just rumours and speculation right now as no official word from DC, Warner Bros. or Matt Reeves himself, so, naturally, take everything with a pinch of salt for now.
Gyllenhaal previously auditioned for the role of Batman back during the casting for Christoper Nolan’s Batman Begins, which was ultimately given to Christian Bale. Jake’s sister, Maggie Gyllenhaal later appeared in the sequel The Dark Knight, so at least one of the Gyllenhaals made it into the franchise.
Of course, if Jake Gyllenhaal were to take on the role, it does throw a fair few spanners in the work as it currently stands.
Obviously, Ben Affleck is Batman in the DCEU canonically speaking so any change to that would have to be addressed, leading to either a reboot of the DCEU completely, or some weird passing of the torch scene.
So, whilst he keeps throwing confusion and uncertainty to the role, at least Ben Affleck continuing in the role of Batman would mean we wouldn’t have a sudden and random visual change mid-way through the character’s movie presence.
Justice League is currently in cinemas starring Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielson as Queen Hippolyta, Amber Heard as Mera, and JK Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.
Will it also mark the end of Ben Affleck’s time as Batman? Time will tell.