After Justice League, Ben Affleck was supposed to appear and also direct a standalone Batman film. However, the actor-filmmaker stepped down from directing it, saying that his decision was not because he was ditching the character. In fact, he said that he wanted to spend some more time to focus on Batman. Recently, Affleck appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and confirmed that he is no longer playing the role of Batman in The DC Extended Universe.
"...I have decided - I tried to direct a version of it, worked with a really good screenwriter, but couldn't come up with a version," Affleck told Kimmel on the show, adding that he thought that it was time to let someone else take a shot at it. "Couldn't crack it. So I thought it was time to let someone else take a shot at it and they got some really good people," he said. The show soon went ahead with a person wearing Robin’s costume walking in with the Batsuit. An entire ceremony was presented to ‘retire’ the famous cape. It was a lot like how athletes hang their jerseys after the end of their career. Though Kimmel wanted to do that in good faith, the gesture didn’t go down well with some fans.
Meanwhile, Warner Bros is reportedly working on adding more films to their library. Collider reports that they’re not looking at connecting everything “as part of one giant overarching plan.” Wonder Woman and Aquaman are going to get their own sequels and Birds of Prey, starring Margot Robbie, will be a reboot of Harley Quinn. The DC Universe will also see the release of Shazam! this year. A standalone film of the Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix is also in the works.