Well, this is awkward.
Ben Affleck is currently doing publicity for the upcoming Justice League, touting his appearance in the movie as “a much more traditional Batman.” But Ben’s brother Casey might have accidentally spilled the beans on his future (or non-future) with the franchise.
In a recent interview with WEEI’s Dale & Holley with Keefe radio program, Casey had this to say about rumors Ben would not be returning as the Caped Crusader in The Batman:
I thought he was an okay Batman. As far as…No, he was great. He was great. He’s a hero, so he had something to channel and work with there. But he’s not going to do that movie [The Batman], I don’t think. Sorry to say.
I’m actually more shocked Casey said his brother was just an “okay” Batman than the other stuff in the interview—I mean, can’t he just give a supportive little white lie there or something? It’s his brother!
As for the idea Ben may not return to the Batman role…Look, his tenure as this character has been plagued with uncertainty and problems—certainly, many of that not of his own making. In fact, some critics said that Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne was the best thing about 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
But The Batman in particular, with Ben suddenly leaving the director’s slot & replaced by Matt Reeves & rumors swirling about the actor’s unhappiness with the project…maybe it’s just time to get a new Batman after Justice League. His film Argo won a Best Picture Oscar. He’s still moving strong in films like The Accountant—playing Batman is not a make-or-break “opportunity” for him. He can walk away & will be perfectly fine.
Of course news of an Affleck-less The Batman could negatively impact the reception/box office of Justice League in November. Justice League is supposed to be the key film in a whole slate of DCU movies, and to not have the same the same Batman from that flick in The Batman is…awkward.
But sometimes, you have to pull the Band-Aid off quick.
The caveat here is, of course, that Casey may not have known what the fuck he was talking about; but I can’t write a post about that!