Warner Bros. is planning to "usher out" Ben Affleck as Batman - possibly as soon as after this fall's Justice League film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Despite Warners’ film studio chief Toby Emmerich telling the trade "Ben is our Batman. We love him as Batman. We want to keep him in the cowl as long as we can," and The Batman writer/director Matt Reeves saying that he intends to keep Affleck in the role, a source tells THR that the studio is working on plans to usher out Affleck’s Batman.
Citing an unnamed source "with knowledge of the situation," the intention is to do so "gracefully" and explain the change-over to a new actor (and possibly a new character) in a future DCEU film.
Affleck's role in the DCEU grew much since being cast as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice's Batman, to include producing Justice League and signing on to write-and-direct The Batman. Since then, Affleck stepped down from directing his solo film, and in a recent interview the replacement director Matt Reeves said he is setting Affleck's script (co-written with Geoff Johns) aside for a new story - one which THR says is a trilogy.
"...it would be wise to bet against Affleck starring in The Batman," says THR.
Affleck is scheduled to appear at the Warner Bros. panel promoting Justice League Saturday at Comic-Con International: San Diego.
Justice League is scheduled to open in theaters November 17.