Ben Affleck Officially Not Returning as ‘Batman’; New Movie Receives Release Date

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We finally have some big news to go on regarding the long-in-the-works next Batman movie.

The Batman, to be directed and written by Matt Reeves (Let Me In, War for the Planet of the Apes), has received a US release date of June 25, 2021. Not only that, Ben Affleck is officially no longer the Dark Knight.

As reported by Deadline, Affleck is reportedly no longer attached to play the DC hero following three films that saw him taking on the role: Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad and Justice League. The key reason for Affleck’s exit comes down to the long-suspected angle that Reeves is taking with this film: a younger Batman.

While plot details are being kept firmly under wraps, The Batman will be focusing on a younger iteration of Bruce Wayne. And now confirmed: we’re finally getting a Batman detective story. It won’t, as has been rumoured, be based on Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One comic.

As Reeves described his upcoming film in an interview with THR, it’s to be “a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale.”

“It’s more Batman in his detective mode than we’ve seen in the films. The comics have a history of that. He’s supposed to be the world’s greatest detective, and that’s not necessarily been a part of what the movies have been. I’d love this to be one where when we go on that journey of tracking down the criminals and trying to solve a crime, it’s going to allow his character to have an arc so that he can go through a transformation.”

Reeves was careful not to reveal anything about the casting, but confirmed they are looking at who’s going to be in their Rogues Gallery.

It’s been quite the bumpy journey for Batman and Ben Affleck over the last few years. After the mixed reactions to BvS and the mostly negative receptions afforded to Suicide Squad and Justice League, Warner Bros. was keen to rework their DC universe. Affleck had been expected to star in a Batman movie that he would direct and co-write, but that wasn’t to be. Reeves came on board, and with him came a whole new take that WB was happy with.

Affleck tweeted the following with the news:

While his run with DC world wasn’t what it could have been, Affleck certainly has more than enough on his plate elsewhere. Among the films on the horizon for the actor is Netflix thriller Triple Frontier, co-starring Oscar Isaac (among others) and set for release in March; sports drama Torrance, which reunites him with The Accountant director Gavin O’Connor; and The Last Thing He Wanted, a crime-drama starring Anne Hathaway.

And now we wait for who is cast as the new Batman….

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