Ben Affleck is the new Batman, whether you like it or not, and so far, has done a decent job. He appeared as one of the main characters in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” and for a few seconds in “Suicide Squad.” The former is a bad film, and the latter is terrible, but Affleck is not at fault.
There were rumors claiming Affleck had no interest in the Batman character after “Justice League,” which suggest he would step down before filming began on the standalone film, “The Batman.” With the current state of the DC Extended Universe, it wouldn’t have been a surprise if he had stepped down.
New Rumors to denounce old rumors
According to a report from Umberto Gonzalez via Heroic Insider, Ben Affleck has returned to extensive training for “The Batman.” Mr. Gonzalez is known for comic book related rumors, though he’s not always correct.
“Ben Affleck, Batman, I just got word that he just started training again for the role. You know how there was talk that he was gonna leave and he might leave the role? Nah, bro. He’s working out. He’s getting back in shape.”
As for when “The Batman” will go in production and the release date, that’s something still up in the air. Earlier rumors had the film to begin production in 2017, but things went sideways when Ben Affleck stepped away from the director’s chair.
Matt Reeves is now the leading man, the same director who gave us “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” We’re probably looking at the most competent director to helm a DCEU film, but we’ll just have to wait and see until the movie hit theaters around the world.
DC Extended Universe needs to break free
Bad directors and so-so scripts are currently holding the universe back. If we look at “Man of Steel,” we could see a universe in the making that had great potential, but Warner Bros. decided to venture too far and introduced “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”
At the time, Superman and his alter ego, Clark Kent, had little going on. The universe needed to have a more fleshed out Superman, but Warner Bros. rushed things and gave fans a mess of a film. Batman was likely the best aspect of BvS while everything else, except Wonder Woman, felt out of place.
Even the villain, Lex Luthor, played by Jessie Eisenberg, was a major disappointment.
Not long after, fans were given the much anticipated, “Suicide Squad.” It was viewed as the movie to save the DCEU, but it turned into a train wreck. In fact, it’s the worse film of the DCEU so far, which is quite surprising when we consider the quality of the actors.
Again, Warner Bros. messed up where the villain is concerned. For those still out of the loop, the villain was Enchantress, played by Cara Delevingne, and she did a terrible job.
With the “Wonder Woman” movie set to hit theaters in June of this year, the DCEU needs to use that film to break free from its shackles and give fans a splendid movie that everyone can enjoy.