C. Harlan & I. Shank

Ian Shank, Entertainment Editor

On July 17, 2015, movie studio Warner Bros. announced that Ben Affleck would be portraying the iconic DC Comics superhero, Batman.  Fast forward to the 2017; Ben Affleck has now played the character of Bruce Wayne/Batman in two different movies (“Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” and a brief appearance in “Suicide Squad”).  He was going to direct the solo Batman film “The Batman,” but recently he had stepped down from that position. Now, there are rumors swirling about that Ben Affleck wants out of being Batman. On “Collider Movie Talk,” John Campea said “Ben Affleck, make no mistake, he does want out…He doesn’t want to be Batman anymore,” He also went on and said “I’ve been told, Ben 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, the standalone ‘Batman’ film that ultimately happens will be the last time we see Ben Affleck as Batman.” While this is the ultimate definition of rumor and speculation; it also seems like it could have some credibility behind it. Ben Affleck was aware and was very open about his disliking to the rather lukewarm reception “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” got. As a result, he decided to take more time to write the script of “The Batman” with co-writer Geoff Johns. While it looks like he might fulfill his commitment to “The Batman;” one can only guess what he decides to do afterwards.