A lot of DC fans are still fuming at the news that James Gunn has decided to end Henry Cavill’s run as Superman, but he has extended an olive branch to someone else who had been wronged by the previous DC system.
Replying to a fan on Twitter, Gunn confirms that he has met with Ben Affleck to direct a DC project. We don’t know what project he could be thinking of, but I think it would be something closer to Batman.
Met with Ben yesterday precisely because he wants to direct & we want him to direct; we just have to find the right project. https://t.co/Haz1APdlVN
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) December 15, 2022
Originally when the Snyder verse was just starting out, Ben Affleck was set to direct his own Batman movie that would have him going toe-to-toe with Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke. As you know, things eventually broke down and Matt Reeves was asked to direct a solo Batman movie with Affleck exiting the role.
Over the years, fans had hope that Affleck would get to play Batman one more time and things were looking up when he was cast in the Flash movie. With Gunn and Safran doing a full reboot of the DC Universe though, it looks like Affleck’s Dark Knight days are over.
We don’t know what could be in store for Gunn’s future DC franchise, but a clean slate would probably mean recasting for well-loved iterations of characters like Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn or Zachary Levi’s Shazam.
Who knows, maybe there’s a multiverse plan down the line, but as of now, DC fans are just going through the wringer.