Justice League‘s Ben Affleck has rubbished the idea of ever returning to the role of Batman.
The Oscar-winner portrayed a grizzled version of the Dark Knight across three Worlds of DC movies, including a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad.
In a new interview with DeWayne Hamby, Affleck was asked if the door was closed forever as Robert Pattinson recently replaced him for director Matt Reeves.
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“Yeah, that’s not the kind of um… you know, I had an opportunity to write and direct and kind of start a standalone Batman,” the actor responded.
“You know it just happened at a point in my life when I kinda lost interest in those stories, you know?”
However, the star did joke that he could play a “very old Batman with a walker” in 20 years’ time.
Meanwhile, Affleck has also described Pattinson as a “great actor” ahead of his onscreen debut as Gotham’s iconic hero.
In Reeves’ 2021 reboot The Batman, Pattinson will face off against a rogues gallery of DC villains including Riddler, Penguin and Carmine Falcone.
Zoe Kravitz is playing Catwoman opposite Pattinson’s Batman, and previously labelled her co-star “perfect” for the role.
“I’m excited to have him as my partner in crime and to be there to support each other, because it’s intense. It’s going to be a long shoot and there’s a lot of pressure, and I know he has my back and I have his,” she said.
The Batman has a release date of June 25, 2021.
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