Ben Affleck steps down, Jake Gyllenhaal the next Batman

Last Updated: Fri, Nov 17, 2017 16:58 hrs
Ben Affleck, Jake Gyllenhaal

Few days ago Ben Affleck shared that he wants a cool way to segue out of DC Extended Universe and it looks like the preparations of his exit has already been started.

According to a report in Express.co.uk, a film critic revealed on his YouTube show, that Matt Reeves already has a replacement actor in mind for the role of the caped crusader.

He also shared that while talking to a big Hollywood producer, he did validate that Reeves is looking for a replacement.

Earlier this week the Batman star hinted that he will quit the franchise.

Affleck said, "You don't do it forever so I want to find a graceful and cool way to segue out of it."

Affleck was initially in line to direct The Batman, before deciding to step down in order to focus on his performance, reported ANI.

If sources are to be believed, Ben Affleck is stepping down because of his sour performance in Justice League. Rumour has it that Jake Gyllenhaal is already being lined up to replace him as Batman.

According to Collider, Gyllenhaal has met with director Mark Reeves, who is attached to direct a Batman solo vehicle. But he pressed that Gyllenhaal's involvement in the project is far from a done deal.

Gyllenhaal is no stranger to this superhero tidbits, having once been rumoured to replace Tobey Maguire in Spider-Man 2 after he was waylaid by an injury. He was likewise one of the numerous on-screen characters to try out for Batman Begins, at last losing the Caped Crusader part to Christian Bale.

However, Gyllenhaal has seemed hesitant to advance into long-running franchise as of late, beforehand closing down gossipy tidbits connecting him to the Marvel Universe.

The Prince of Persia actor told a leading media house: "I just don't think I would fit there. As I get older I am much less interested in hoping people see me in a certain way and more interested in just doing whatever I'm doing. They can like it or not. This is where I am."

Regardless of whether he has any interest or not, DC has effectively pursued Gyllenhaal as of late, offering him the part of Rick Flag in Suicide Squad after Tom Hardy dropped out of the film. Gyllenhaal, fortunately, avoided that slug, and the part went to Joel Kinnaman. Affleck's stretch as Batman has been in question to for a while, as far back as it was reported that he was stepping down from directing a solo Batman venture. His content for the film was likewise dropped. The Hollywood Reporter additionally asserted in July that DC was hoping to "usher Affleck out of the role graciously." However, earlier this year, Affleck denied the rumours - : "Let me be clear. I'm the luckiest guy. Batman is the coolest f------ part in any universe – DC, Marvel. I'm so excited to do it. I think there's this misconception that because I'm not directing it I'm not doing it, but I'm so excited to be Batman." Recently, the 45-year-old actor has admitted he does not see himself in the role forever and is already contemplating his exit, according to Contactmusic.

While giving an interview to a leading U.S. publication, Affleck noted, "The new Batman movie being developed by Matt Reeves is something I'm contemplating. You don't do it forever, so I want to find a graceful and cool way to segue out of it."

Despite this, Ben remains enthusiastic about the superhero concept and says the release of Justice League is occurring at the perfect moment.

"We certainly are in need of heroes in 2017. There's a lot of stuff going on in the world, from natural to man-made disasters, and it's really scary. Part of the appeal of this genre is wish fulfilment: Wouldn't it be nice if there was somebody who can save us from all this, save us from ourselves, save us from the consequences of our actions and save us from people who are evil?" said Affleck.

"There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions. Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give. It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require. I remain extremely committed to this project, and look forward to bringing this to life for fans around the world," explained Affleck.

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