According to Deadline, Ben Affleck who has played Batman in three of the DC Extended Universe movies Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad and Justice League, has stepped down from playing Batman as he will not be appearing as the character in the upcoming Matt Reeves movie.
Ben went on to confirm the report on Twitter, by sharing the Deadline article and simply stating: Excited for #TheBatman in Summer 2021 and to see @MattReevesLA vision come to life.
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) January 31, 2019
Affleck went from being on-board to direct and was in the process of writing the screenplay with Geoff Johns, but he then stepped down from it to simply just star in the role, to now no longer being apart of the film whatsoever, as Reeves wants to go for a younger Batman for the story, which now takes the excitement and hype from the movie, as many fans are tired of seeing Batman’s origin story, which many feel The Batman will end up becoming, as they now have to reintroduce a new actor as the Caped Crusader.
The Batman is slated to be released on June 25, 2021.