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Ben Affleck as Batman and Why I’ve Stopped Caring

In case you didn’t hear, in an interview at Fenway Park, Casey Affleck discussed his brother, Ben Affleck, as Batman. While talking he said, “He’s not going to do that movie, I don’t think. Sorry to say.” Now, many people are saying that he was joking when saying this, but that’s not the point today.

Ben Affleck’s involvement in the DCEU has been a rocky journey. If you look at the past of everything that has been said about him and this solo Batman movie, it’s really hard to take anything they say seriously.

  • Ben Affleck is Directing The Batman
  • January 10, 2017 – Ben Affleck says the movie is going well
  • January 30, 2017 – Ben Affleck will not direct The Batman 
  • January 31, 2017 – Matt Reeves is frontrunner to direct
  • February 10, 2017 – Matt Reeves to direct
  • February 17, 2017 – Matt Reeves leaves the project
  • February 23, 2017 – Matt Reeves back on to direct
  • July 21, 2017 – Warner Bros. looking to usher Ben Affleck out of the DCEU
  • July 22, 2017 – Ben Affleck says he loves being Batman at Comic Con
  • August 18, 2017 – Casey Affleck says Ben Affleck will not be in The Batman

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    Image via Warner Bros.

This has gotten to the point where I won’t believe anything that is said until I sit in the theater and see the credits for the movie. I’m just tired of hearing stories every week saying that either Affleck is happy being Batman, that he’s leaving, that he’s staying for one more movie, or that ht’e even doing a whole trilogy. At this point, I just don’t care. Don’t get me wrong, I really loved Ben Affleck as Batman. He was my absolute favorite part of Batman v Superman. If it were up to me, I’d have him stay forever in the role. But, with all these rumors and news stories coming out, I just can’t deal with it anymore. Until Ben Affleck or Warner Bros. definitively says that he absolutely will play Batman, I’m not going take the res of these statements with a grain of salt. So, if you want to know what I think of what Casey Affleck said, I guess it could be true. They are brothers so he probably knows certain things about him, but there is a good chance he was joking. I don’t have much to say other than that.

What do you think of Ben Affleck being Batman? Do you think he will stay? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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DC San Diego Comic Con 2017 Recap

DC made quite the showing at San Diego Comic Con this past weekend. I am going to go over all of the  biggest news that was revealed at the show.

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Image via Warner Bros.

Just to make this clear, I was not at the convention, I am just going over what I’ve heard happened from various news websites and articles. The panel started with a sizzle reel of the first four DCEU movies so far. They then went over all of the upcoming movies that they are working on, and showed the logos for those movies. The upcoming movies are, in no particular order, Wonder Woman 2, Batgirl, The Batman, Green Lantern Corps, Shazam!, Justice League Dark, Aquaman, and The Flash: Flashpoint. After that, Jason Mamoa showed up and showed footage from Aquaman. It has been described as Star Wars underwater.

The Justice League cast came on stage and talked about their experience with the movie. The biggest thing that came out of that was that Ben Affleck said he is the luckiest man in the world to play Batman after being asked if the rumors were true is he was quitting playing the character. The cast then showed the four minute trailer to the movie, and it was amazing! I love how the characters are showcased in the trailer. It smartly starts with Wonder Woman, most likely because of the success of her solo movie. The Flash is hilarious, Batman is great as always, and their Aquaman is different than we see him in the comics. However, I love how his character is portrayed. The trailer has a very epic feel, and it reminds me of the Justice League from the comics.

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Image via Slash Film

Following the trailer, they just answered fan questions and ended the Warner Bros. panel. I’m glad to see that DC has a somewhat complete slate of movie they have in production, even though they don’t have dates. They have done a great job with restructuring their universe after all of the problems they’ve had. The interesting movie is Flashpoint. In case you don’t know, Flashpoint is a comic book storyline when Barry Allen goes back in time and saves his mother from being killed. When he gets back to the present, everything has changed. Batman is Thomas Wayne, because Joe Chill shot Bruce Wayne, and Martha becomes the Joker. Basically, he finds a way to go back and let his mom die. When he goes back to the supposed normal present, things are still different. Everybody is five years younger, Clark  Kent isn’t Superman yet, and the overall status quo of the comics changed. It was really a way for DC to reboot completely.

 

I hope that they aren’t doing this to do a soft reboot. The Hollywood Reporter did say that Warner Bros. was trying to find a way to gracefully usher Ben Affleck out of the Batman role, and Flashpoint makes sense to do that. Remember, Affleck never said he was going to stay as Batman, he just said he is lucky and happy in the role. The film could just change aspects of the Flash since it is a Flash movie, but Flashpoint always changes the entire universe. I’m fine with DC doing Flashpoint, but I don’t see why they are doing it so soon.

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Image via DC Comics

Overall I think DC did a great job with assuring us they know what they are doing with the DCEU with a great trailer and a slate of movies to look forward to.

What do you think of what DC did at Comic Con? Did you enjoy the Justice League trailer? What movies are you looking forward to? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Official: Ben Affleck Will No Longer Direct The Solo Batman Film

Ben Affleck will no longer direct the solo Batman film.

An exclusive report from Variety has confirmed that Ben Affleck has stepped down as director of the solo Batman film. But he will remain the star and producer of the film. He released the following statement.

“There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions. Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give. It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require. Together with the studio, I have decided to find a partner in a director who will collaborate with me on this massive film. I am still in this, and we are making it, but we are currently looking for a director. I remain extremely committed to this project, and look forward to bringing this to life for fans around the world.”

Warner Bros. has said that they “fully support Affleck’s decision and remain committed to bringing a standalone Batman picture to light.”

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Personally, I am a little disappointed. Ben Affleck was my only true hope for the DCEU. I enjoyed Batman v. Superman for what it was and Ben Affleck was great in it, but that film clearly had some problems. And the first time I saw Suicide Squad I liked it, but when I bought the blu-ray I realized that it had a lot of problems. I was really looking forward to Affleck’s take on The Batman because he is my favorite comic book character.

Now, Affleck has had some previous statements about not doing it if it doesn’t turn out right. In his statement he says that he’s dropping because “he cannot do both jobs to the level they require”. This means either two things. 1. He just can’t handle the pressure of directing a movie of this scale. Which is totally understandable since he usually directs smaller projects. Or 2. He didn’t agree with the studio. Which is what scares me.

The only thing in his statement that hints at this is when he says “To the level they require”. But, based on the DCEU’s track record so far, if the studio doesn’t agree with Ben Affleck, who is a great director, there is a problem. All I want is a great Batman movie. Christopher Nolan revitalized the character from the bat-nips, Joel Schumacher era. I understand that’s a tough act to follow, but it’s the fact that we had a great director/writer, Ben Affleck, and he is no longer doing it.

I do still have some hope for Wonder Woman. It looks really good, but then again Batman v Superman was, in my opinion, the best trailer of 2015. But, I’m still very optimistic. Also, we could still get a great director and writer to take over. I haven’t lost all faith in the project, but this just worries me that we might not get a great Batman film.

I’ll leave it on a positive note. Ben Affleck was, hands down, the best part of Batman v Superman. He will still star in and produce the film, which I hope means that he still thinks that it’s going in a good direction. We will have to wait for a new director announcement, and then that will decide how I feel about this news.

What do you think about this news? Put your thoughts in the comments below. I’ll be reading them.

Ben Affleck will star in Justice League releasing on November 17, 2017.