After much speculation on the future of Ben Affleck as Batman, it was recently reported that the actor will be leaving the role as the Caped Crusader. Affleck took on the role in Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Justice League and Suicide Squad and although those films sucked, his performance as Bruce Wayne was pretty well received for the most part. With Matt Reeves’ upcoming The Batman to be released in 2021, many were assuming that Affleck would not reprise his role which is now looking to be the case.
Although Warner Bros. hasn’t given any official word on the matter, Affleck took to Twitter to support the project and in a way, sorta confirmed the news. Check out the post below:
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) January 31, 2019
With this in mind, we’re gonna see a different Batman in Matt Reeves’ film and fans have taken to the platform to express how they feel about Affleck’s apparent departure from the role with a number of them expressing gratitude, lamentation and praise towards his performance. Check out some of the fan reactions below:
thanks Ben Affleck for being my all-around favorite Bruce Wayne/Batman pic.twitter.com/0YAV38GFYP
— 𝚎𝚍𝚍𝚒𝚎 (@edmachina) January 31, 2019
Writing has been on the wall for a while with Ben Affleck and Batman. But even still, finally getting the confirmation still feels like a gut punch
His role in Batman v Superman, Suicide Squad was the closest to comic book Batman we’ve seen. Kinda missed out on something special
— Sheraz Farooqi (@SherazFarooqi_) January 31, 2019
Ben Affleck's portrayal of Batman is my favorite. He's the reason why I wanted to see another solo, I didn't want to watch yet another Batman film but he was so great in the role that I wanted to see him on screen again. Now he's gone, and what excitement I had left is gone too
— donnia (@fincherism) January 31, 2019
friendly reminder that ben affleck gave us the best performance of bruce wayne and batman 😢 pic.twitter.com/WCafPoqKQ2
— bri loves batfleck 🙁 (@jxsticeleagues) January 31, 2019
Yeah, it’s safe to say that Ben Affleck was good as Batman despite the quality of the films he was in. One Twitter user recognizes that, posting:
It’s official, Ben Affleck is no longer Batman.
It’s a damn shame he never got to be Batman in an actually good movie.
BvS is a steaming pile of crap, but his Batman was outstanding.
— Roy-chell Ray (@TheRealFTA) January 31, 2019
It’s not all love for Batfleck however as one user seems fine with the news, considering Affleck to be the worst incarnation of the character, posting:
Ben Affleck was the worst Batman of all time. pic.twitter.com/CD0gkIX1GU
— Dr. Victoria Dooley (@DrDooleyMD) January 31, 2019
Okay, I wouldn’t call him the worst Batman even if he may not be on par with Michael Keaton, Christian Bale or Adam West but god, he’s at least better than George Clooney and Val Kilmer. Whatever it is, Affleck definitely made an impact as the character and whoever Matt Reeves picks for the upcoming film, we sure hope that he delivers cause from what the director described in regards to the film’s approach, The Batman could just be something special.