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Ben Affleck may not return as Batman according to brother Casey Affleck

UPI News Service, 08/17/2017 

Casey Affleck believes his brother Ben Affleck will not be returning to portray Batman in Warner Bros. upcoming standalone film, "The Batman."

Affleck made the comments Tuesday during an interview with WEEI's Dale & Holley With Keefe radio show.

"I thought he was an okay Batman," Casey joked when asked about his brother's role as The Dark Knight. "No, he was great. He was great. He's a hero, so he had something to channel and work with there."

"But he's not going to do that movie ['The Batman'] I don' think. Sorry to say," Casey continued before backtracking his statement. "Is that breaking news? Because I was just kind of making that up, I don't know," the Oscar winner said.

Casey's comments come after Ben denied rumors at the San Diego Comic Con in July that he was going to be departing the role of Batman following the release of "Justice League."

"Let me be clear. I'm the luckiest guy. Batman is the coolest [expletive] part in any universe, DC, Marvel," Ben said while speaking onstage during a Justice League Hall H panel.

"I am so thrilled to do it. I know there's this misconception that because I'm not directing it, that maybe I wasn't enthusiastic about it. It's [expletive] amazing! I still can't believe it after two films."

Ben was originally tapped to also direct "The Batman" before he stepped down from the position citing a need to focus on starring as the superhero.

"There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions. 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," he said in a statement at the time.

Filmmaker Matt Reeves is now helming the solo Batman project which still has no release date.

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