Ben Affleck has been dropped from the Batman role after the release date for the forthcoming standalone movie was revealed.
It comes just months after reports surfaced that he could be axed from the role after proving too expensive a proposition for Warner Bros.
At the time, the Oscar-winner, who previously starred in the role in Batman v Superman: The Dawn Of Justice, Suicide Squad and Justice League was in rehab for alcohol addiction.
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) January 31, 2019
In January 2017, it was announced that he would be replaced by Cloverfield helmer Matt Reeves – who also scrapped a planned script by Affleck.
Now, it has been confirmed that he will not be taking up the role in the forthcoming standalone movie being directed Reeves which is set for release on June 25, 2021.
Affleck also tweeted that he was happy to see the new movie has finally got a release date on his Twitter account.
“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 previously said.
A search is now underway for a new Dark Knight, reports Deadline.