Deadline released last night that Warner Brother has finally set an official date for The Batman, the first standalone Batman film in the DCEU. Its set to hit on June 25, 2021. The kick is that it will be without Ben Affleck, who appears to be out as Batman and the universe will continue with a Bruce Wayne that is expected to be younger.
Affleck made 3 appearances in the DCEU. He debuted in Batman V. Superman, made a cameo in Suicide Squad and then Justice League back in 2017. None of those films generated very good critical buzz and there has been word that Affleck has wanted out since before Justice League even hit theaters.
There were some rumors a while back that had Jake Gyllenhaal taking the role of Batman, but those rumors calmed down when he took the Mysterio role in Spider-Man: Far From Home.
The Batman will be directed by Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves.
Affleck shared Deadline’s article on his Twitter account, only confirming his exit that much more. I’d expect his replacement will be announced in the next couple of months.
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) January 31, 2019
Last night news also broke that a Suicide Squad sequel titled The Suicide Squad is getting released in August of 2021 with James Gunn, the writer/director of Guardians of the Galaxy that was recently fired by Disney taking the helm.