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Should Ben Affleck Return as Batman for a DCEU Crossover Film?

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Recovering from a vicious fight with the Joker in the Dark Knight Returns Part 2, Alfred says to Robin of an unconscious Batman, “He’ll live; he’s far too stubborn to die.” Much like the older and weathered iteration of the Dark Knight he played, the Ben Affleck Batman resurgence rumors refuse to quit. The latest is a story from Giant Freakin Robot. The report has Warner Bros. offering the actor a chunk of change fit for Bruce Wayne himself; a cool $30 million. According to the report, the massive payday would come to Affleck to appear in a movie based on the Crisis on Infinite Earths DC Comics storyline.

With Robert Pattinson’s The Batman portrayal bashing his way through Gotham streets and alleys, this would mean two actors playing Batman in alternate timelines. Multiverses are obviously big right now. If the story is true, this could be WB trying to cash in on what Spider-Man No Way Home

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and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness pulled off like a charm. If Crisis happens, should Ben Affleck pull on the bulky Batsuit for another round or leave the upcoming Flash film as his Batman swansong?

Batman v Superman and the Joss Whedon-butchered Justice League were both mercilessly shredded by critics in 2016 and 2017, respectively. Ben Affleck’s Batman was a centerpiece of both films, and his performances walked away relatively unscathed, if not generally well-received.

Ben Affleck played a great Batman. In BvS, he’s older and grizzled, fed up and jaded, and would rather kill away than adhere to his sacred rule anymore. With Justice League, he turns a corner after the death of Superman, realizing that the world is worth saving, not just brutally beating. The Dark Knight Returns-based, (mostly) comic-accurate take on the character was a highlight of both movies.

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We got the vaunted Justice League Snyder Cut in 2021, but the praise heaped on that movie didn’t undo the mainstream damage caused by Whedon. Bottom line, Ben Affleck’s Batman deserves a good film. Ideally, it would be a solo film, but Affleck himself isn’t likely to go for it as he described playing Batman as a miserable experience. Affleck is likely done with Batman, but fans aren’t done with him. As much as we’d love to see a Batfleck return, if the man himself doesn’t go for it, then there’s no point clamoring.

Put politely, the DC Extended Universe has a mixed track record. Batman v Superman succeeded commercially and failed critically, and Whedon’s Justice League just failed. Aquaman and Shazam! are fun fluff movies, and Wonder Woman got a great intro and an uneven sequel. Plus, the massive crossover sequels of Justice League 2 and 3 just aren’t going to happen, leaving mile-long loose ends in this universe.

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