Ben Affleck Officially Steps Down as Batman

Ben Affleck in "Justice League"

It was long rumored that Ben Affleck won’t return as Batman in the upcoming DC Extended Universe movies, but both the 46-year-old actor and Warner Bros. studio declined to make any comments so far.

Now, however, it appears that there is no doubt we will get a new Caped Crusader in future movies.

Warner Bros. recently revealed that the upcoming Batman stand-alone movie, directed by Matt Reeves, is scheduled for release on June 25th, 2021.

Shortly after the announcement, Affleck went to social media, and said that he is excited to see Reeves’ vision “come to life.”

Deadline later confirmed that this tweet confirmed that the actor won’t be returning to his role. According to magazine’s sources, the upcoming Batman movie will focus on younger version of the character.

Ben Affleck made his debut as Batman in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and then reprised the role in Suicide Squad and Justice League. He was originally attached as a star, writer, and director of a standalone Batman movie, but ended up handing over the writing and directorial duties to Matt Reeves in February 2017.

Affleck isn’t the only actor that is leaving DC Extended Universe, with Henry Cavill hinting late last year that his stint as Superman might be over as well. It remains unclear what will happen with the rest of the Justice League core, which includes Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as Flash, and Ray Fisher as Cyborg.