New 'Batman' Movie Script Focuses on Young Bruce Wayne, Ben Affleck Won't Return
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Writer and director Matt Reeves has reportedly completed a new screenplay for the upcoming movie centering on a young Bruce Wayne, ruling out Ben's return as the Caped Crusader.

AceShowbiz - Ben Affleck has seemingly been ruled out of playing Batman in the next film about the Caped Crusader.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, writer and director Matt Reeves has reportedly completed a new screenplay for the upcoming feature, "The Batman", which is said to focus on the story of a young Bruce Wayne. Though representatives for Warner Bros. have not issued a statement, it is unlikely that the 45-year-old actor will reprise the role again given his age.

Ben played the DC superhero in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" in 2016 and "Justice League" in 2017, while also landing an uncredited cameo in 2016's "Suicide Squad".

He was also planning to direct and produce the forthcoming standalone feature as well as star in it, but announced he was stepping down from directing duties in January 2017, having previously informed The Guardian that "there's no script" and that he would only accept the responsibility if believed the content was "really great."

"Performing this role demands focus, passion, and the very best performance I can give," the "Gone Girl" star said in a statement announcing his departure as director from the project. "It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require."

However, when new director Matt stepped in, it was revealed that he had overturned the script crafted by Ben and writers Chris Terrio and Geoff Johns.

Though it seems highly unlikely that the Oscar winner will feature in the movie, he is busy with other projects, which includes him developing a sequel to his 2016 film "The Accountant" with director Gavin O'Connor, who he has also teamed up with to film basketball drama "The Has-Been".

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