Early reports indicated Ben Affleck would be writing and starring in a standalone “Batman” movie (he was also planning to write the screenplay), but a source close to the Oscar-winning actor-director now thinks it’s unlikely there will even be a “Batman” movie.
That source: Affleck’s brother Casey, who appeared on a radio sports show on Tuesday, and addressed the ever-changing status of the Dark Knight’s big-screen future.
“I thought he was an OK Batman,” Affleck joked about his big brother in an interview with WEEI Sports Radio (above).
“No, he was great. He was great,” Casey Affleck added. “He’s a hero, so he had something to channel and work with there. But he’s not gonna do that movie, I don’t think.”
Following an announcement from Warner Bros. that Ben Affleck would star and direct, the “Argo” Oscar-winner subsequently revealed he was going to step back from directing the film, and would just be starring.
Then, in early July, the film’s new director, Matt Reeves, revealed he wouldn’t be using the script co-written by Affleck, instead opting to go with “a new story.”
Rumours soon began to fly that Affleck was going to step away from the project entirely, which led him to set the matter to rest (or so we thought) at Comic-Con.
“Let me be very clear,” Affleck declared at the time. “I am the luckiest guy in the world. Batman is the coolest part in the universe. I’m so thrilled to do it. It’s f**king amazing.”
Whether his brother’s assessment winds up being true, however, remains to be seen.
In any case, fans will soon be seeing Affleck reprise his role as the Caped Crusader in the upcoming “Justice League” movie, slated to hit theatres on Nov. 17.