It is not a rare occurrence for Ben Affleck to become a subject of trending news. From winning an Oscar at the age of 25 to his string of trips to rehab to his low-key wedding to global musical superstar, Jennifer Lopez, Ben Affleck has been at the center of it all and then some. Now with the actor stepping foot into his 50s, life has opened up a stream of possibilities, although his return as the Batman probably takes the cake.
Ben Affleck Celebrates Half-Century Milestone
The American actor has had a brilliant career in Hollywood, starting off alongside Matt Damon and Casey Affleck in 1997’s revolutionary film, Good Will Hunting. The screenplay for that movie (which the three actors had worked on together) got him the Academy Award in 1998, making him the youngest actor to hold the title to date.
Today, Ben Affleck celebrates his 50th birthday as the world reminisces his contribution to the silver screen. But the fans of DC Extended Universe and the SnyderVerse go a step further as they launch a movement — #MaketheBatfleckMovie to pay tribute to the actor on this special day. The request goes beyond the parameters of the current DCEU management since Affleck’s appearance as Batman had begun within the SnyderVerse and WB Discovery CEO, David Zaslav, is determined to not continue with the timeline moving forward.
Internet Revels in Batfleck Celebration, Demands His Return
Ben Affleck’s career experienced a pivotal change when he was cast as Gotham’s Dark Knight in Zack Snyder’s visionary trilogy film, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and its sequel, Justice League. The world was not merely critical of the casting choice but brutal, too, until the premiere of the movie proved Ben Affleck’s mettle in portraying the grim caped crusader.
However, with the exit of Zack Snyder and the slow and excruciating death of the SnyderVerse timeline, the DCEU fanbase has decidedly launched yet another movement so that the actor gets one last hurrah before meeting the same fate. WB Discovery, on the other hand, has other plans for the actor as they steer the DCEU toward a new direction with the cancelation of Batgirl (which was set to reintroduce Michael Keaton’s Batman into the mix) and the surprise casting of Ben Affleck in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom and The Flash.
So far, Affleck’s involvement in his designated DCEU role extends only to the aforementioned two but only time will tell if Warner Bros. decides to keep him on retainer for the future and even award him the much-deserved Batfleck movie. Here’s what Twitter has to say about the issue at hand.
— Alex (@IIICC7III) August 15, 2022
— Ω Ryan Ω #RebelMoon Era (@Snyder_Cut_240) August 15, 2022
— 𝗢𝗟𝗟𝗜𝗘 𝗼𝗳 𝗦𝗻𝘆𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗩𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗲 🇫🇷 (@Ollie_EarthOne) August 15, 2022
Happy birthday to the one and only @BenAffleck aka The Bat of Gotham, The Dark Knight, The Caped Crusader and of course Bruce Wayne. Congratulations to the World’s greatest detective and hoping he’s having an awesome day!!! 🥳🎉🎊🎂#MakeTheBatfleckMovie @wbd pic.twitter.com/2DD1dgdwWn
— Ernesto Saldívar (@eerny8) August 15, 2022
— The Ayer Cut (@CutAyer) August 15, 2022
— The Batfleck Movie #MakeTheBatfleckMovie (@BatfleckMovie) August 15, 2022
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will premiere on 17 March 2023 and The Flash will premiere on 23 June 2023.