Following the clues - and connecting the dots between various statements made by the actors and filmmakers in question - we've come to the conclusion that there's a good chance the rumors are true: Ben Affleck might not be in The Batman after all. But we're going to digress from those initial reports right now and say there's also a good chance he'll still keep the role for the Justice League sequel, The Flash: Flashpoint, and beyond.
To explain how that's possible, we need to get deeper than the initial rumor which dates back to mid-July. Back then, it was reported that Justice League would be Affleck's last mission as the Caped Crusader, and that he'd be replaced for The Batman and other subsequent films.
Affleck addressed the rumors directly at the time, saying at Warner Bros.’ Hall H panel "Let me be very clear. I am the luckiest guy in the world. Batman is the coolest character in any universe - DC, Marvel and I’m so thrilled to do it. It’s amazing. I still can’t believe after two films… we have this history with this great studio. Kevin Tsujihara and Sue Kroll and Toby Emmerich said to me, ‘We want you to be our Batman.’ I would be a ape on the ground for Matt Reeves, never mind being Batman! I’m really blown away and excited. It’s a great time in the DC universe."
Matt Reeves, who took over directing duties on The Batman after Affleck stepped down, stated in July that his film would be “standalone, not connected to the extended universe.” Couple that with Reeves’ statement that the film would be entirely his vision, and earlier reports that he had moved on completely from Affleck and Geoff Johns’ script, and it’s beginning to look a lot like the rumors about Affleck not starring in the film may wind up coming true after all.
Consider the timing of Reeves’ comments – the podcast on which he made them was released just prior to Comic-Con International: San Diego, which is the same time the rumors that Affleck would not in fact be in The Batman really started to take off.
We’re not suggesting that Reeves' comments are where the rumors originated; not much attention was paid to them until this week. However, the one-two punch of those factors makes a case for the rumor and Reeves’ comments stemming from the same place. We’re also not saying Ben Affleck is lying about his involvement or that he’s been misled.
After all, there’s a way both Affleck not starring in The Batman and still being Batman in other films can be true.
Well, have to wait and see what happens!