Say what you like about Ben Affleck, but I actually liked his portrayal of Batman, and thought that he was probably the closest we got to an onscreen version of the comic book character for a long while.

Sure, his whole ‘I kill people’ vibe was pretty off the mark, as not doing that is like his only rule, but he just worked for me.

What followed after the surprisingly underwhelming Batman vs Superman was a whole saga where Affleck was named as the writer and director of his solo Batman film, then just the director, and eventually just the titular Batman.

Then the unsurprisingly underwhelming Justice League came out, and that seemed to be the last nail in the coffin for Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne, who didn’t even seem to want the job anymore.

The directing torch has been passed to the supremely talented Matt Reeves, who was responsible for War for the Planet of the Apes, and so too has the role of Wayne, albeit to someone who we’re not yet aware of.

Affleck himself responded to the news on Twitter, commending the film which is due for a Summer 2021 release…

Reeves previously said in a Warner Bros. press conference about taking on The Batman:

I have loved the Batman story since I was a child.

He is such an iconic and compelling character, and one that resonates with me deeply. I am incredibly honored and excited to be working with Warner Bros. to bring an epic and emotional new take on the Caped Crusader to the big screen.

Well, only a little tiny two-and-a-half years to wait until we get to see if his film is any good.

My money’s on someone a little left field to play Batman next; maybe Ansel Elgort…

Images via Warner Bros.