Coming out of Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, the best thing not named Wonder Woman in that film was Ben Affleck‘s return to super heroism in the titular role as the Caped Crusader. The disappointment was that the film around Affleck wasn’t able to match his dedication and enthusiasm for the role, but even the studio knew they had something good in Batfleck. But there’ve been concerns lately. Concern number one was when Affleck stepped away as the writer and director of his own Dark Knight solo film, The Batman. Concern number two though was whether or not Affleck was planning on sticking around the DCEU.
The second concern stems from an unsubstantiated rumour that Affleck was planning on hanging up the cape and cowl after the release of Justice League this fall, the combination of disappointing returns for his last directorial effort Live By Night, and the disappointing reception for the two DC Extended Universe movies he’s appeared in so far making him doubt his future as Batman. But the man that succeeded Affleck as the director of The Batman says not to worry, when The Batman hits the big screen, it will be Affleck answering the Bat-Signal. “Yeah, right now that’s exactly what’s going on, for sure,” said Matt Reeves in an interview Getty.
And that, as they say, is that, but probably not though. There’s presently no production date set or release date planned for the The Batman or any DCEU project following the release of Aquaman next Christmas, and Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment have recently said that after the success of Wonder Woman that they’ll be taking their time to decide where to go next with the series. Presumably, Reeves is likely looking at The Batman as his next film, and if War for the Planet of the Apes blows up as big as people think it’s going to, then there’s going to be a lot of demand for the director. In other words, nothing is set in stone yet, and everything might change in the weeks and months to come.