Affleck also wrote the earliest drafts of the The Batman with Geoff Johns, initially having plans to direct and star. He later left the project at some point after Matt Reeves was hired to direct, due to creative differences. Affleck was set to star as Batman in the film, but left the role and the project entirely due to personal reasons.
Characters portrayed by Ben Affleck in the Batman Universe
- Affleck previously portrayed Daredevil, a comic superhero owned by Marvel. The character was famously reinvented by Frank Miller, who was later hired by DC to reinvent Batman with the 1986 Dark Knight series. Affleck has cited the Batman: The Dark Knight Returns trade paperback as one of his favorite "graphic novels" and the primary reason for accepting the Daredevil role in 2002. Zack Snyder was later able to convince Affleck to return to superheroes with the promise that his version of Batman would be inspired by Miller's take.
- Affleck received an Academy Award when his film Argo won best picture in 2013. This later opened the door for Warner Bros. to consider letting him direct a Batman film, being the first actor in the role with prior directing caché in the industry.