Where one Batman begins, another Batman ends.
After months of speculation, Ben Affleck has officially laid down the cowl and called it quits on his Batman career, with a new Dark Knight set to rise in his place. According to Deadline, Warner Bros. Pictures has dated The Batman, directed by Matt Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes), for June 25, 2021.
There was still no official confirmation from either the studio, Warner Bros or the actor himself until yesterday evening. The actor took to his Twitter account to wish the director on the project and express his excitement for it as well.
The actor tweeted an article of Deadline which clearly states that ‘Ben Affleck passes the torch to next generation of Bruce Wayne’. “Excited for #TheBatman in Summer 2021 and to see @MattReevesLA vision come to life,” – his tweet read.
Check it out below:
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) January 31, 2019
Though it’ll certainly be disappointing to many to hear that Ben’s done with the role, this shouldn’t come as a big surprise. After all, give that the DCEU is being heavily revamped, it’s not too shocking to see that WB’s trying to distance The Batman from the character’s less-than-beloved past outings. Plus, if Wonder Woman 1984 is going to steer clear of the events of Justice League by being set in the past, then it only figures that Reeves’ movie will do the same by featuring a younger Bruce Wayne.
Affleck seems to have left fans heartbroken and they replied to him on his Twitter post with heartbroken messages. Check them out below:
You were the most comic book accurate Batman that has ever been brought to the screen. I'm so thankful that you told a redemptive story about Bruce Wayne in such a human way. Your portrayal reminds me that every fallen person (meaning, all of us) can be saved. pic.twitter.com/AlTFxRo5SA
— Rebecca Johnson (@derbykid) January 31, 2019
If this is your way of saying goodbye then I just want to say thank you for giving us such a beautiful performance in BVS. I had the privilege of meeting you and what I told you remains the same. You will always be my Batman. Your performance saved my life. I’m gonna miss u 💔
— mandy 🦇🖤 (@xbatflecksx) January 31, 2019
You are still the greatest Bruce Wayne/Batman of all time. You gave us an unforgettable performance. Thank you forever, Ben. We love you. 🦇 pic.twitter.com/bohPvO3XCN
— Jesabel 🥀 (@JesabelRaay) January 31, 2019
You will always be my Batman and my Bruce Wayne. Thank you for helping Zack Snyder realize his vision for this character and DC Universe. pic.twitter.com/rP2YT2R8u0
— GreatKungLao I❤ZS #ReleaseTheSnyderCut (@GreatKungLao) January 31, 2019
Meanwhile, Henry Cavill, who played Superman in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel (2013), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, has also reportedly quit and will no longer play the last son of Krypton. As to when we will get another Justice League movie is hard to tell has the cinematic universe is clearly in distress to say the least.