Batman to get 2021 release with a much younger Bruce Wayne

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He also reprised the role for a glorified cameo in Suicide Squad. Originally Affleck was even on board to direct a Batman film based on a script he had wrote with DC's Geoff Johns.

The upcoming Batman film was written and directed by Matt Reeves, who's best known for directing Cloverfield and two Planet of the Apes movies.

Ben Affleck will be passing the baton to a new actor to play Batman in the planned 2021 release. He is done as Batman.

However, because Warners/DC won't just come out and admit when a thing is dead, the door remains open a sliver.

After a more than a bit of hemming and hawing and to'ing and fro'ing and will he-ing and won't he-ing, we've finally got fairly concrete confirmation: Ben Affleck is the big screen Batman no more.

This is the one that Matt Reeves has been attached to as writer and director. Let us know in the comments section below.

It is expected that Henry Cavill is out as Superman as well, but that has yet to be confirmed.

The tweet was later confirmed to be Ben Affleck's goodbye to the character.

While the criteria for the next actor might be very specific, there's no shortage of movie stars who would like a crack at the legendary role of Batman. It's incredible! I'm really blown away and excited. Which other comic book characters, aside from Quicksilver and Nightwing, would you like to see Aaron Taylor-Johnson play in the future?

James Gunn, formerly of Guardians of the Galaxy, is set to direct, with a host of new characters coming in to replace the likes of Deadshot, Captain Boomberang and Killer Croc.

Next is The Suicide Squad, which is a curious title when you first hear it.

When you look at Affleck as Batman, there's a lot of potential in his performance that's hampered by the story beats. Which, don't get me wrong, could be SO CUTE. But it's not a Flash movie. So what is going on with The Flash?

"By that I mean I approached him as a character I'm playing with an inner life", continues the actor, who can now be heard giving his best Gotham growl in The Lego Movie 2.