What Happened To Ben Affleck’s Batman After Justice League

  • Ben Affleck's Batman journey was cut short after Justice League's theatrical cut, with Affleck's solo movie getting reworked into Matt Reeves' The Batman starring Robert Pattinson.
  • However, Ben Affleck returned for Zack Snyder's Justice League and Andy Muschietti's The Flash for a final farewell.
  • Affleck's appearance in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom was scrapped. Now, the only two big-screen Batmen will be Robert Pattinson's in The Batman trilogy and the DCU's new Batman in The Brave and the Bold.
Ben Affleck's Batman had a short yet complicated journey throughout his multiple DCEU appearances, with Justice League's historic behind-the-scenes drama at its core. Introduced in Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Ben Affleck's Batman began his DCEU story as a seasoned vigilante with a strong reluctance against potentially dangerous metahumans like Superman. After Batman and Superman's first encounter, Ben Affleck became the live-action Batman actor with the most appearances on the big screen despite not starring in a solo movie. The DCEU got to explore certain aspects of Batman's DC lore that no other movie has been able to discover, but Affleck's run as Batman was undeniably cut short.
The 15-movie DC Extended Universe kicked off to a promising start with Man of Steel and pushed through Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice's mixed reception. But soon after, Justice League's theatrical release derailed the direction of the franchise. Production took various unexpected turns, leading DC's biggest big-screen crossover event to fail at capturing audiences and critics. With Zack Snyder's plans for the DCEU disrupted, the franchise began to move in different directions, and Ben Affleck decided to hang the cape sooner than expected. However, Affleck's Batman stayed active long after the release of Justice League's theatrical cut, and Batman's live-action future has changed multiple times since then.
Ben Affleck's Batman Movie Was Canceled And Became The Batman Close Ben Affleck was the first DCEU actor to announce his departure from the franchise when he left the DCEU solo The Batman movie he was once set to direct and star in. Affleck first stepped down from the director's chair, citing his wish to focus on the performance. However, the actor soon decided to leave the movie entirely, leading director Matt Reeves to recast the role and set the story in an entirely new DC continuity. The Batman's original plans, which followed Affleck's Batman as he fought Joe Mangianello's Deathstroke after the events of Justice League, were reworked into a younger Dark Knight facing The Riddler in a more grounded Gotham.
The DCEU continued to develop past Ben Affleck's departure with movies such as Aquaman, Wonder Woman 1984, and The Suicide Squad, which focused on their own corner of the DCEU without many direct nods to other characters like Ben Affleck's Batman. In May 2019, Robert Pattinson's casting in The Batman was officially announced; and in 2022, The Batman was released to positive reviews, a solid box office performance, and three nominations at the 95th Academy Awards. After The Batman's resounding success, Warner Bros. announced two sequels and two spinoff series. A Gotham City Police Department spinoff was canceled, but The Penguin soon went into production.
The Batman is confirmed to be a trilogy, with The Batman - Part II set to release on October 3, 2025.
Ben Affleck's Batman Appeared In Zack Snyder's Justice League Ben Affleck's exit from The Batman wasn't the end of his run as the Dark Knight in the DCEU. The #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement allowed Zack Snyder to complete his vision for Justice League in 2021, which entailed the recovery of original footage from Snyder's original cut of the film as well as new footage that required the cast to return. Zack Snyder's Justice League became a hit on streaming, redeeming part of the DCEU's Snyderverse after the Justice League theatrical cut's negative reception. It also raised hopes for an improved DCEU starring the same actors, although Matt Reeves' The Batman universe remained on track to be the mainline big-screen Batman franchise.


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