For decades, people have dreamed of being Batman. But Ben Affleck has been there, done that, and apparently wants no more of it. After taking the public on an emotional roller coaster, Affleck dropped out of directing the movie that will focus on his version of the Caped Crusader. Now, according to John Campea of Collider Movie Talk, he would like to be rid of the cowl entirely. Campea explained that multiple sources “in one way or another connected some way to what’s going on over at Warner Bros.” relayed the information that “Ben Affleck, make no mistake, he does want out. He doesn’t want to be Batman anymore.” He added: “I have been told that Affleck is talking with Warner Bros. in an attempt to get out of being Batman, and if they do not let him out of being Batman that the standalone Batman film that ultimately happens will be the last time we see Affleck as Batman.”
Mind you, Campea repeatedly urged that his report should be taken with a “grain of salt.” Still, given the dour tone of Affleck’s recent comments about the project, it’s a rumor that doesn’t sound all that far-fetched. Late last week it was revealed that Matt Reeves is in “early talks” to take over for Affleck as director of what is currently known as The Batman.
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