There’s A New ‘Batman’ Movie Announced For 2021 And Ben Affleck Is Out As The Caped Crusader

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I really don’t think that Ben Affleck has been awful as Batman but I also think it’s pretty reasonable to say that the current run of Batman movies which have starred Ben Affleck have been a low point for the franchise.

The films have done great at the box office, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Justice League, etc., but they’ve just been pretty mediocre movies and films that people haven’t been excited to watch. They’ve all seemed to hit the box office at times when there wasn’t much competition and they’ve gotten good enough reviews to fill the seats, but they’ve absolutely paled in comparison to the Marvel films they’ve been competing against.

Warner Bros. has now announced that a new Batman film is on the horizon. It’s expected to hit theaters on June 25, 2021, and Ben Affleck is out as Batman.

Director Matt Reeves is behind The Batman. He’s best known for directing War for the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. This next installment in the Batman franchise is expected to go with a much younger version of Bruce Wayne according to a report from Deadline.

Affleck’s already acknowledged the news that he’s out:

Reeves boarded Batman in February 2017, taking over for Affleck who was originally set to direct off a script he wrote with DC’s Geoff Johns. Affleck, we understand has a busy plate: As Deadline exclusively broke he is starring in and producing the feature adaptation of Kate Alice Marshall‘s novel I Am Still Alive, which Universal won in a competitive bidding scenario. The two-time Oscar winner is also starring in the Warner Bros.’ Gavin O’Connor drama Torrance. Affleck worked hard on The Batman story, but knew he wasn’t the right one for this particular version. A search is underway for a new Dark Knight. (via)

I definitely welcome this changing of the guard. Like I said above, Ben Affleck’s Batman films were perfectly watchable I just think he was extremely forgettable as the Caped Crusader. Every scene was over-acting. His entire persona brooding. That was it.

Hopefully, Warner Bros. can catch lightning in a bottle with a young actor who will pump some freshness into this role.