Ben Affleck appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live this week and inevitably talk turned to his time as Batman. He was asked about playing an alternative version of Batman opposite Michael Keaton in The Flash, who is back in the role for the first time since Batman Returns.

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Kimmel asked if they round out the Batmen with George Clooney in the movie. Affleck had this to say:

“If he is, he hasn’t told me. It’s possible. He may be very guarded. As far as I know, he doesn’t want to return to that level height of cowl ears. But I don’t believe he’s in the ‘Flash’ movie. But then again, I didn’t even see Michael Keaton, so maybe he is there?”

He was also interviewed by The Hollywood Reporter and they spoke about Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel and the poor box office performance of that movie. He defended the quality of the movie, and pointed to changes in audience habits:

“This is more due to a seismic shift that I’m seeing, and I’m having this conversation with every single person I know. Though there are various iterations, the conversation is the same: How is it changing?

One of the fundamental ways it’s changing is that the people who want to see complicated, adult, non-IP dramas are the same people who are saying to themselves, ‘You know what? I don’t need to go out to a movie theater because I’d like to pause it, go to the bathroom, finish it tomorrow.’

It’s that, along with the fact that you can watch with good quality at home. It’s not like when I was a kid and the TV at home was an 11-inch black-and-white TV. I mean, you can get a 65-inch TV at Walmart for $130. There’s good quality out there and people are at home streaming in Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. It’s all changed.”

It sounds like his experiences with the DCEU have still had an impact on him and he wants to shy away from the big franchises now, those that dominate the current box office:

“That’s probably the last theatrical release I’ll have because I don’t want to do IP movies where you have this sort of built-in audience. That’s something I was interested in and liked, and I just don’t like anymore. I like other people who do it. And if you are going to do it, you should love it. And I love something different. So, I want to do that.”

So look to smaller, drama focussed and character-driven pieces if you want to see more of Ben Affleck in the future. However, a shift to appearing in more streaming content would not rule out the rumored HBO Max shows featuring Ben Affleck as Batman.

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