A rumor started today from former Collider on-air talent John Campea, stating that Ben Affleck was being looked at to be replaced as Batman with an unnamed actor who director Matt Reeves was eyeing. This name was later to be revealed by Campea as Jake Gyllenhaal.
At first, we balked at the news mainly due to Campea’s use of rumors to gain personal attention. However, we’ve been able to learn from another individual with zero reasons to help support Campea’s claims that had this information back on Monday and was holding onto it tightly. Of course, this wasn’t shared with us until we started to downplay the rumor publicly on Twitter.
Clearly, we have zero affiliation with John but sometimes where there is smoke there is fire. We can’t confirm the rumor by any means, but having a more reputable person supporting this talk might mean there is something here. Again, we’re treating this as nothing but a big juicy rumor at this point.
DC producers are still stoking fires alluding that Affleck is likely doing The Batman but are falling short of confirming him for it.
Officially, Ben Affleck hasn’t been announced as leaving or staying on for The Batman. There is still a bit of grey area if he’s willing to do one more film. Reeves is currently penning the film after Ben’s co-written script was thrown out. It should be noted that WB hasn’t announced a release or production dates for the film. Even if this true it sounds like a backup plan in case Affleck walks away from The Batman the studio would want to move forward with or without Affleck as the last two solo films made a billion a pop.
Gyllenhaal was once considered for the role at one point during Nolan’s casting of Batman Begins and reflected on the experience in the summer of 2015 with the Daily Mail.
“I believe, whatever happens, happens for good. I was definitely open to both the roles (of Spider-Man and Batman),” Gyllenhaal admitted. “However at a certain point, you realize there is always someone more interesting, talented and ready to do the role. In any case, you are not going to get every role you go for. So you can say I neither rue nor am I thankful for having not worked on these superhero films.”
Henry Cavill famously auditioned for James Bond, Batman, and Superman was rejected for all three, only to land the latter role years later for Man of Steel. Stranger things have happened in the world of Hollywood castings.