You read the headline and it shouldn’t be a shocker…like, at all. Ben Affleck has basically been done with Batman on film since 2017 when he left the solo Batman film project that he was going to write, direct, and star in. But even before it was publicly announced that he was leaving his version of THE BATMAN, Affleck hoped that maybe — though unlikely — he would get an opportunity to have a “cool way to segue out of the role.
That appears to have happened in ZSJL, but especially in THE FLASH.
While doing press for THE TENDER BAR (which is great), here’s what BA had to say about getting to say goodbye to Batman on his terms in THE FLASH (via THE HERALD SUN)…
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I have never said this — this is hot off the presses — but maybe my favorite scenes in terms of Batman and the interpretation of Batman that I have done were in THE FLASH movie. I hope they maintain the integrity of what we did because I thought it was great and really interesting — different, but not in a way that is incongruent with the character. Who knows? Maybe they will decide that it doesn’t work, but when I went and did it, it was really fun and really, really satisfying and encouraging and I thought, ‘Wow — I think I have finally figured it out.’
He also admitted he had a “very, very, very hard experience” filming JUSTICE LEAGUE with Joss Whedon and sadi that the pressures of the role led to some personal issues — which in term led to him pulling out of his planned Batman solo movie. However, he also stated that doing reshoots ZSJL as well as filming his cameo in THE FLASH “put a really nice finish on my experience with that character”.
Good for you Mr. Affleck!
As a longtime fan of both Affleck and Batman, I’m am very happy that the dude will get that “cool way to segue out of the role” that he coveted. I also hope it’s heroic and very, well, Batman-ish. – Bill “Jett” Ramey
(Thanks to @BATGIRLFILM for the heads up!)