With the news that Ben Affleck will no longer direct The Batman, there is plenty of speculation as to what will happen next. We know that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves, will take over directorial duties, and we also know that Joe Manganiello will be playing Deathstroke in the film. Beyond that, there isn’t a lot that is known about this upcoming DCEU film.
With the DCEU in a state of constant peril, it will be up to Wonder Woman and Justice League to right the ship. If those movies are critical failures and box office under-performers like Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad, then the whole DC cinematic universe could be overhauled. Ben Affleck is a huge Batman fan, and the one glimmer of hope in this huge mess was that he could make a great Batman film. After all, he is one of the best directors in Hollywood today. Now that Ben Affleck has stepped aside and handed over the director’s chair to Matt Reeves, there have been rumors circulating that he will drop out of the picture entirely.
What does Ben Affleck really have to gain by staying on as Batman? He might just leave after the Justice League films. It would be a lot easier and actually make a lot of sense for a number of reasons. Here’s a look at 15 reasons why Ben Affleck will drop out of playing Batman.
15 The DCEU Movies Are Terrible
The MCU is the pinnacle of genre filmmaking and the work that Kevin Feige, Jon Favreau, James Gunn, the Russo brothers and Joss Whedon have done has been spectacular. Even the worst MCU films are still merely average at worst. The DCEU on the other hand is nothing like that. Every DCEU film has been universally hated by critics and even a lot of fans – except for hardcore DCEU fanboys. Warner Bros. simply thought they could throw a bunch of characters together without having the buildup like Marvel did, and it didn’t work.
14 Too Much Pressure
13 Batman Could Damage His Reputation
Ben Affleck’s terrible turn as Batman in Batman v Superman and his forgettable cameo in Suicide Squad certainly damaged his reputation as a great actor, but he is still known as a great actor thanks to work in his own movies like Argo and The Town, as well as in other movies like the David Fincher directed movie, Gone Girl. Let’s not forget that Affleck’s career was once in the crapper because of movies like Gigli and Daredevil.
12 His Personal Life Is In Shambles
Forget about all the stress, pressure and bad luck Affleck has had in Hollywood as of late. His professional life is in shambles, but his personal life isn’t much better. After multiple cheating scandals rocked the tabloids, it really looked like Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner were going to split last year. Surprisingly they decided to try and work things out. They are separated, but they didn’t end up getting a divorce. This certainly seems like a stay together for the kids scenario, and a hectic schedule filming multiple big budget blockbusters back to back couldn’t have made dealing with the hardships of his relationship with his wife any easier.
11 He Doesn’t Have Enough Control
Ben Affleck is the kind of director who prides himself in making a movie from the ground up. The Oscar he won for co-writing Good Will Hunting with Matt Damon shows that he is multi-talented, so when he makes a film he likes to have his fingers in all the pies. Writing, acting directing – he does it all. When he is doing all of these things it means he has complete creative control. He was in charge of The Town. The result was a masterpiece, and one of the best crime movies of all time. He was in charge of Argo and the result was a best picture win at the Oscars. Do you think he will have that kind of creative control with The Batman? Not a chance.
10 He Wants To Work On His Own Projects
9 The Entire DCEU May Be Rebooted Soon
8 The DCEU Movies Suck At The Box Office
7 Booze And Rehab
6 Too Many Delays
5 He Won A Razzie
4 WB Might Boot Affleck For Hammer
3 Inaccuracies Of Current Version
2 Too Physically Demanding
1 He’s Too Good Of An Actor
Affleck is actually a really good actor. It’s his directing abilities that have been praised in recent years, but he has the acting chops too. Did it ever occur to you that maybe he was simply too good to be in a comic book movie – even if it’s a good one? We are seeing plenty of world-class actors take on comic book roles. Michael Keaton was Batman and now he’s playing the Vulture. Christian Bale is an Oscar winner. Tilda Swinton was the Ancient One in Dr. Strange. Jennifer Lawrence is Mystique, and Marlon Brando was Jor-el. These are some of the greatest actors of all time and they have either won Academy awards or been nominated multiple times. However, the absolute best of the best haven’t starred in any comic book movies and likely never will. Leonardo DiCaprio and Daniel Day Lewis, arguably the two best actors of all time, have never been in a superhero movie. Perhaps Ben Affleck has more in common with these two that any other Oscar winner who played a comic book character. Maybe he is simply too good of an actor to star in a pulpy popcorn flick – and superhero movies are still just that. As good as The Dark Knight, Civil War and Logan are, they will never be Seven Samurai or Taxi Driver.
Sources: NYPost, DailyMail, CosmicBookNews
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