Despite what his co-stars in Justice League might say, Ben Affleck will never suit up as Batman ever again. In a new interview, the actor and director closed the door on the DC Universe, though he did give one “maybe” for a return.
In an interview with DeWayne Hamby, a YouTuber and writer for BeliefNet, Ben Affleck discussed a possible return to Batman and the DCEU. Affleck begins his answer with, “Yeah, that’s not the kind of…” before quickly segueing into a different thought.
“I had an opportunity to write and direct and star in a stand-alone Batman,” he said, “and it happened in a point in my life when I lost interest in those stories.”
Affleck added, “I’ll go see Robert’s [movie]. I think it’s gonna be great. He’s great. But this is the kind of story I’m interested in telling now.” The “kind of story” Affleck refers to is his newest movie The Way Back, a sports drama about an alcoholic construction worker who takes up coaching his old high school basketball team. The movie opens March 6.
When Hamby jokes that Affleck could play an older Batman in the style of Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns (which was already the direction Zack Snyder went with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 10`6), Affleck then joked that he would be open to playing Batman again a few decades from now. “Maybe a very old Batman. With a walker.”