Ben Affleck could reportedly face the chop as Batman, after the cost of insuring any future performances was revealed.
The Oscar-winner, who is currently in rehab for his alcohol addiction, could reportedly be axed after proving too expensive a proposition for Warner Bros.
According to industry insiders The Wrap, insurance for any future projects starring Affleck could see a substantial portion of the budget being set aside as a deductible precaution.
A source revealed: ‘More than likely the studio will replace him because the insurance costs are going to go through the roof.
‘He would be bondable, but the deductible would be really high, probably the budget of the film.’
With this in mind, it’s claimed that the cost of insuring any Justice League sequel with Affleck could be in excess of $150 million.
Despite Affleck’s own personal battles, Warner Bros has previously confirmed their intent to stick by him. “Ben is our Batman. We love him as Batman”, they admitted last year. “We want to keep him in the cowl as long as we can.”
But their show of unity is at odds with Affleck’s dismissal as director of a standalone Batman film.
In January 2017, it was announced that he would be replaced by Cloverfield helmer Matt Reeves – who has also scrapped a plan script by Affleck.
“Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give. It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require”, Affleck admitted at the time.