You may remember that I’m a strong supporter of Ben Affleck’s Batman. In fact, I wrote a lengthy article a few years ago encouraging Affleck to stick with the role.
While Michael Keaton will always be my favorite Batman, with Adam West coming in second, I thought Affleck playing an older, beaten-up Batman worked really well within the context of an inexperienced Superman and a fledgling Justice League. It was a side of Batman we hadn’t seen on film before, and I thought it was largely successful due to that originality alone. Plus, as an added bonus, Affleck is a physically imposing man who can pull off Batman’s impressive stature, inherent arrogance, and undeniable charm.
Unfortunately, Deadline is reporting that Affleck is not on board to star in the 2021 movie obviously titled The Batman and even went to so far as to wish whomever will play the Dark Knight Detective good luck.
Remember that Affleck was originally tapped to write, direct, and star in this film, but things changed for a multitude of reasons. Matt Reeves is now directing, and they have yet to cast a younger Bruce Wayne. Apparently, this movie will try to play up the “detective” aspect of the character.
If we’re being honest, I’m not even sure this movie is necessary if it doesn’t build upon the Batman that Affleck established. I only say that because we don’t really need yet another Batman origin story. That’s been done to death. I also don’t want a grim and gritty solo Batman trilogy, either, because Christopher Nolan already did that about as well as it can be done.
There’s only one direction that I feel would warrant a new Batman series. With the financial success of Aquaman and the critical success of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, I think it’s time they go all in on the “comic book” aspect of the hero. Audiences seem far more willing to embrace the more fanciful aspects of these characters. They should take a deep dive with all of the Robins and their complex stories, his stranger villains like Man-Bat, Killer Moth, Blockbuster, or Firefly, and even draw in the entire city of other heroes that he’s inspired. I’m not suggesting a campy Batman like from the 60s, but one that is more in line with the two movies mentioned above. The Dark Knight doesn’t always have to be so, well, dark. Otherwise, I think Reeves will be destined to come up short in comparison to Christopher Nolan and Tim Burton.
At any rate, say what you will about Ben Affleck, I will always appreciate what he did with the character and I’ll miss his performances as the Caped Crusader.
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