The next Bat-title in the DC movie universe, The Batman, hits theaters on June 25, 2021, but current Bruce Wayne actor Ben Affleck will not be involved, according to Deadline. The Batman will be written and directed by Matt Reeves, who also wrote and directed 2017’s War for the Planet of the Apes.
Not much is known about the plot of The Batman yet, but Deadline notes that it will not be based on Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One.
Ben Affleck seemingly confirmed the news on his Twitter account, saying that he was excited to “see [Reeves’] vision come to life.”
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) January 31, 2019
This news is the latest in a long line of shortcomings and disappointments in the DC Extended Universe. Whereas the Marvel Cinematic Universe is seemingly unable to fail, DC’s line of superhero films have a far spottier track record. Though there have been bright spots, like Wonder Woman and Aquaman, Batman v Superman and Justice League were generally panned by critics and audiences alike.
The Batman is scheduled to be released June 25, 2021.