Ben Affleck is still on the fence about continuing as Batman

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Nov 7, 2017

As we get closer and closer to the opening of Justice League on Nov. 17, the man (currently) behind Bruce Wayne is still hedging his bets when it comes to questions about his future in the cape and cowl. Though Ben Affleck somewhat addressed the recasting rumors at this past year's SDCC, saying that he was "the luckiest guy in the world," the actor has yet to firmly lay his bat-cards on the table either way. 

In a new interview with Extra TV alongside fellow Justice League actors Jason Momoa (Aquaman) and Ray Fisher (Cyborg), Affleck continued his spree of non-committal weigh-ins when he was asked by the interviewer about how many movies he still has left as the Caped Crusader.

Affleck's response? “I don’t know about that. We’ll see what the future holds." 

The odd thing here is that it's fairly common knowledge that his original contract was for five movies. Since his small role in Suicide Squad counts, he's still in a place where he has two movies left. Whether those movies would include Matt Reeves' The Batman (a movie Affleck was once supposed to direct himself) or a Justice League sequel is anybody's guess.

If Affleck stays in the role, that's one thing — but if he leaves, how will the DCEU handle it? Will they simply recast him and hope the change unspools smoothly? The decision to turn the upcoming Flash debut movie into yet another iteration of Flashpoint could potentially be one way to do it: A very useful side effect of revisiting Barry Allen's time-butchering on the big screen would be the ability to cut or remake anything in the DCEU that isn't working, while keeping what does. For example, it could potentially mean, "recast Batman." 

No matter what decision Affleck ultimately makes, it is likely that his future in Gotham City will depend greatly on the critical and financial performance of DCEU's shortest film, which is almost upon us.