EDITOR’S NOTE: The conversation in question starts at about the 6:06 mark in the video above.
We Batman fans – especially those of us who enjoy Ben Affleck’s performance as the Dark Knight – have had a lot to endure in recent memory, now haven’t we? For what seems to have gone on for the entirety of 2017, we’ve had to play the “will he or won’t he?” game when it comes to whether the actor will remain in the DC Extended Universe beyond November’s Justice League.
Last month, it certainly didn’t help matters when reports surfaced saying that Affleck will make his exit after the team-up flick is released, thus igniting an internet brush fire. But, in a smooth display of damage control, Ben downplayed that by saying the following when speaking at San Diego Comic-Con: “I’d love to do it as long as they’ll have me.” In other words, he wants to do it, but “they” being Warner Bros. will ultimately make the decision.
That being bluntly said, we can’t help but reference that quote when talking about yesterday’s news saying that Casey Affleck doubts his brother will star in Matt Reeves’ The Batman, which has, of course, been branded as “fake news” despite the fact that the following was an actual quote:
“I thought he was an OK Batman. No, I thought he was great. He was great. He’s a hero, so he had something to channel and work with there. But he’s not going to do that movie [The Batman], I don’t think. Sorry to say.”
Granted, he did soon follow that up by adding “Is that breaking news? Because I was just kind of making that up, I don’t know,” but many thought he was just backpedaling. Now that we have actual footage taken from Casey’s appearance on WEEI’s radio show though, we’d like to point out that his body language looks sincere when saying Ben won’t appear in The Batman, and that he looks a bit nervous when walking back on his initial comments. Still, only time will really tell.
Take a look for yourself though at the video up above and let us know if you think of Affleck’s comments.