With so many behind the scenes issues plaguing the DCEU up to now, it’s no wonder that rumors about some of the biggest actors within the cinematic universe are surfacing. Perhaps the biggest question mark hangs over Ben Affleck, who has reportedly been eyeing the exit for some time now. Now one of DC’s biggest producers Charles Roven has come forward, downplaying the potential of Affleck bailing.
Talking with outlet JoBlo, the DC producer stressed that, while not directly involved in The Batman movie, he has strong reason to believe that Affleck was in it for the long haul;
“I mean, I’m not really involved with The Batman, but from everything… We have a cursory involvement because that character is going to touch us some way. If Ben plays that character it’s going to touch some part of what we are doing. But I have no feeling whatsoever except positive that Matt loves Ben and the work that he has done as Batman, and Ben thinks that Matt is a really terrific filmmaker. I have every expectation that they are going to make a movie together.”
It should be noted that Affleck handed off directorial duties for the The Batman movie to Matt Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes). As well as this, Affleck has been spotted bulking up for his role as Batman in recent weeks – indicating his head is still very much in the game.
Rovan went on to discuss how DC plans to keep its stars in for the long haul;
“Well everybody is different, depending on when the deals were made and how many they’ve done. Ben [Affleck] has done Batman v Superman, Suicide Squad and Justice League right. Gal has done Wonder Woman, Justice League and Batman v Superman. They all have deals, I’m not exactly sure – I couldn’t sit here and tell you this one has so many options left and this one has no options left, or whatever.”
“The great news is that in terms of my best read of the situation, everybody loves the characters they play. This is not just the lead good guys, it’s the bad guys as well, or the bad but not evil members of Suicide Squad. I think everybody really likes those characters. I think all of the actors would like to be part of another one.”
With no news on The Batman’s production schedule, it’ll be curious to see how things come together for the movie going forward.
Are you still excited for The Batman? Are you still a fan of Affleck’s Batman?