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So timely is this news, that you could probably see Ben Affleck in all of his Batman-glory straight after you’ve read this news.
Longtime followers of this fair site will probably already be familiar with this news, but there’s been a slight update since our last post on the story.
Our news, of course, is based on Ben Affleck’s future in the DCEU, specifically, whether or not he’ll make it to the Matt Reeves-directed The Batman movie.
Previously, there’s been a few rumours spouted around the internet that suggests that Affleck will be replaced by a different actor – namely, Jake Gyllenhaal, and the latest rumour all but confirms this news.
As reported by El Fanboy, Affleck is “definitely” out, and Gyllenhaal looks all but confirmed to be his replacement in The Batman.
El Fanboy’s source revealed a few weeks back that Warner Bros. had an actor waiting in the wings to apply pressure when trying to get Affleck to remain on-board.
“The Gyllenhall news will probably be confirmed because now Affleck is most likely not coming back”, El Fanboy’s Mario-Francisco Robles said, “The last few weeks have been clear [Affleck] wants out.
It’s a bummer.
So I think that is why the [Gyllenhaal] stuff is leaking harder.”
The whole Bat-fleck saga has been a weird and strange series of events.
Back in February, it was announced how The Batman movie, which was originally going to be directed by Affleck, would instead have Matt Reeves in the director’s chair, where a lot of these rumours started.
Since then, Affleck himself has made some…interesting comments on the subject, as has Reeves, who infamously stated how The Batman will not be a part of the central DCEU continuity – comments that he later how retracted.
Of course, if The Batman movie was not the be part of the central DCEU continuity, then that could explain how a change in the lead actor would be explained.
However, apparently, the Batman that fans have seen in Batman Vs Superman and Justice League is the same one we’ll get in The Batman movie, meaning, despite any potential recasting between now and then, nothing will change in regards to the canon of the DCEU.
From the very little that we know about The Batman movie, it is rumoured to be a deep exploration into the mythos of Batman, with Reeves said to be looking to various David Fincher movies for inspiration – including Se7en, Zodiac, and The Game.
To add a little bit of spice to the mix, Jake Gyllenhaal has also commented on how he would portray the Dark Knight after a clip from The Howard Stern Show has resurfaced from July 2015.
Obviously, this came a good two years before any of these rumours started up, and it should be noted that Gyllenhaal was referring to his failed auditions for the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy starring Christian Bale.
Still, very timely that this video should resurface considering everything else that’s going on in the world of Batman in the movies currently.
Whilst we still have no official news on Affleck’s future in the DCEU, fans can at least see him in the role one last time before a definitive word is given as Ben Affleck is currently starring as Batman in DC’s Justice League, in cinemas everywhere, now.
Also starring Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash (today’s Origins choice, don’t forget), Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Ciarán Hinds as Steppenwolf, and JK Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.