In case you needed more proof that the DCEU is in utter chaos, Ben Affleck has now reversed earlier statements that he was looking for "a cool way to segue out" of playing Batman.
As we reported some time ago, Affleck seemed all but ready to draw a line under the Caped Crusader - what with the dismal box office figures, lousy reviews and the general feeling that he really didn't want to be part of it anymore. This was magnified when Matt Reeves, the director sent in to replace him as director on the long-awaited standalone Batman movie, reportedly began talking to other actors to replace him as Batman.
One name that kept coming up was Jake Gyllenhaal, however in an interview with Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah, it looks like Affleck has pretty much reversed his thinking on the whole thing - and what's more, he wants to direct a Batman movie.
"For me, it's interesting, and I always evaluate this stuff on the merit of the material," said Affleck. "I want to direct a "Batman" movie, and I never got a script that I was happy with, so they are starting over and writing another script."
"And right now, I think a lot of different possibilities I think for the way the DC Universe could go, and I will just follow my interests in pursing that. And I know that I love working with this group of people, and it was a real joy for me to make (Justice League)."
So, if you're keeping track at home, he's back in now. Stand by for another interview in about three months - maybe less - where he says he's no longer interested in it. The finer contractual details aren't known to the public, so it may be that Affleck has a clause in his that allows him to pick and choose where he wants to appear. Given that he's only really starred in two films - we're not counting Suicide Squad - as Batman, maybe he just hasn't a director who can access him in the right way.
Or, y'know, maybe he was the wrong choice to begin with. Who knows.
Via Daily Sabah