"The Batman" will fly in 2021 — but Ben Affleck won't be wearing the cape.
Warner Bros. has set a release date for the Batman reboot from Matt Reeves: June 25, 2021.
Sources have confirmed to multiple news outlets that Affleck won't return to star as Bruce Wayne, the role he played in "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" and "Justice League."
In 2016, Affleck was attached to direct and star in a standalone Batman movie. In early 2017, Reeves took over directorial duties from Affleck and also began writing his own script.
But after the success of "Wonder Woman," and now "Aquaman," it's clear Warner Bros. is looking to shake up its DC superhero universe.
Reeves will not be adapting Frank Miller's "Batman: Year One," though he reportedly is looking for a younger actor to play the character.
He did recently reveal that he's planning to feature "a rogue's gallery" of villains in the movie.
Reeves also teased that the movie will show Batman's sleuthing skills, not just his superhero qualities.
"It's very much a point-of-view-driven, noir Batman tale," he said. "It's told very squarely on his shoulders, and I hope it's going to be a story that will be thrilling but also emotional. It's more Batman in his detective mode than we've seen in the films."