Does it Help to Continuously Ask Whether Ben Affleck Will Return or Not?
It’s an honest question really. Most people wonder whether he will return to the character in either another Justice League film or the solo Batman films from Matt Reeves. It boggles the mind of some why Affleck would not commit to another film. For others, it makes them think he is just negotiating for a pay raise for another appearance. He has made several contradictory statements that have been confusing and not very clear.
Affleck’s latest comments come from a USA Today article, where the actor was direct about his feelings on his future tenure as the character. “You don’t do it forever, so I want to find a graceful and cool way to segue out of it,” Affleck stated. This follows previous comments the actor made to Extra not too long ago. He was a little more uncertain talking here. “I don’t know about that,” Affleck stated when he was asked whether or not he would make it to five times as the caped crusader. “We’ll see what the future holds.”
Affleck’s posture on returning to the role is not much different than how Christian Bale acted toward the end of his days on The Dark Knight Trilogy. “It’s the only character I’ve played three times and there’s certainly a lot more stories that could be told, he’s a really interesting character, but enough’s enough,” Bale said in July 2012. “It’s nice to leave when we’re on top instead of leaving people wanting less.”
Affleck definitely could be thinking of leaving. He probably doesn’t wish to devote his entire life to playing Batman. Often times, these types of films can take two to three years to make individually. When you add up the numbers, it might be overwhelming just to think about. However, there may be another alternative. The case to examine here is with Robert Downey Jr. and his tenure as Tony Stark/Iron Man. He is known to make conflicting statements many times about his desire to continue as the character. Why is that?
The reason is money. Pure and simple. Nothing more, nothing less. Everyone knows that Downey likes the character and being a huge reason why the Marvel Cinematic Universe has seen the success it has. He has started such talk as of late with his filming of the last two Avengers films nearing completion.
“It’s this cyclical thing,” Downey said. “I could have said when the first “Avengers” came out: ‘It’s never going to get any better than this. Everybody stop.’ But to me it’s always about people and opportunities, like the Russos, who I adore. Everyone says to me it’s like a glove that fits so well. I have to start over every time but I am starting over with a pretty solid base. I just never want to blow it for the last six or seven [MCU movies] I have done by dropping the ball because I decided to go do it one more time. I just want to hang up my jersey before it’s embarrassing.”
Such talk is what actors, especially big-name ones with fans and celebrity clout, use when they are attempting to negotiate money. They utilize their fan base in order to put pressure on the movie studios. It would not be a huge surprise if Affleck was doing this right now. However, the question lies still up in the air if Warner Brothers even want him back. He does have many fans who love his depiction of Batman and will pressure the studio to no end about making sure he returns.
Ultimately, the decision on his return lies with the studio. They now have Matt Reeves, a very capable director with a vision. Affleck gave up the chance to write and direct The Batman in January earlier this year. Will he return? You might just want to put a call into Warner Brothers about that.
About the author: Tommy Zimmer is a writer whose work has appeared online and in print. His work covers a variety of topics, including politics, economics, health and wellness, addiction and recovery, and the entertainment industry.