AceShowbiz - It looks like Ben Affleck will no longer play Batman after appearing in The Flash solo film. According to a new report from Variety, the 45-year-old actor might don the cape and mask once more for "Flashpoint", which will be based on the popular 2011 Flashpoint comic storyline. But he is unlikely to reprise the role in Matt Reeves' movie.
The interesting details about Affleck's future as Batman are included toward the end of the outlet's report about how Warner Bros. is restructuring DC Films following the poor performance of "Justice League". Sources tell the site that director Reeves wants to cast the Dark Knight role with "fresh talent."
Previous report suggested that Reeves had been meeting with potential Batman actors recently, including Jake Gyllenhaal, for the upcoming stand-alone flick. However, Warner Bros. has yet to officially release a statement regarding the matter.
Affleck has said that Reeves' upcoming Batman solo film is something he's "contemplating" as he seeks a "graceful and cool way" to bid farewell to the Dark Knight role. Discussing his eventual departure with USA Today last month, the actor told the outlet, "You don't do it forever, so I want to find a graceful and cool way to segue out of it."
"Justice League" marked the third time Affleck slipped into the Batman suit following his debut in last year's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice". Released in theaters on November 17, the superhero team-up movie, which also stars Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Henry Cavill, Ezra Miller and Ray Fisher, debuted to just $93.8 million, down 45|percent| from the $166 million opening of "Batman v Superman" and marking the first film of the DCEU to open under $100 million.
Additionally, Affleck appearing in "Flashpoint" should fulfill the final movie he has on his contract. He signed a three-picture deal in 2013 before "Batman v Superman", and his "Suicide Squad" cameo appearance didn't count towards one of those three movies.
Warner Bros. is reportedly still developing The Flash solo movie, though it's unclear if it's still the "Flashpoint" movie announced at Comic-Con last summer.