Is Affleck Really Out as Batman? Not necessarily.
For the better part of a year, fans and critics alike have been waiting for the announcement that Ben Affleck is leaving the role of Batman. No such announcement has come. Nor will it.
The studio is not going to replace him against his will. When he stops donning the cowl, it will be his choice. And if his choice was to leave, he would have done it by now.
I have some good news for you; Ben is sticking around. I know there’s been no announcement, but why would there be? You don’t need to announce the status quo. Having said that, I do believe he will be confirmed to remain in the DCEU at San Diego Comic Con.
There’s going to be some great DCEU stuff this year anyway and nothing would add excitement than confirming that Affleck will star in more films. Expect this to be made official in San Diego.
Matt Reeves' The Batman centers on a younger Bruce Wayne, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that Affleck can’t pull it off. He’s in great shape for a man his age and with some makeup and effects, you can make him look significantly younger. Remember what Marvel did to Robert Downey in that scene in Captain America: Civil War? Downey looked thirty years younger. The same could be done here.
Reeves can still cast a younger actor to start in the prequel if he wants without having to lose Ben. If his Bruce Wayne is twenty years younger, that actor won’t be playing older Bruce in the current timeline anyway. There’s room for two; Ben stars in the modern day films, and the younger actor stars in the prequels.
Reeves is hiring production crew. The Batman is said to go into production next year for a 2020 release. If they were moving on from Affleck, they’d almost had to have done it already. We’re getting close to when these decisions have to be made.
The signs are all there. Batfleck isn’t going anyway.