'WTF?': Ben Affleck sparks outrage over sexual harassment joke

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Henry Cavill, who plays Superman, suggested Supergirl.

THERE IS a moment in the new "Justice League" when the Caped Crusader urges Wonder Woman in the ways of team leadership - Batmansplaining, if you will, but with a well-intentioned objective.

Ben Affleck out, Jake Gyllenhaal in?

It wasn't supposed to be like this, of course. And now a new rumor has surfaced that claims Reeves has someone in mind to take over the role of the Caped Crusader if Affleck decides to step down - and the new contender was actually a candidate for the role before Christian Bale was cast in Batman Begins. First of all, Affleck himself has openly stated that he's looking for a way out, so anyone holding out hope that he'll stick around and play Batman again in another few movies is probably on the road to imminent disappointment.

Now, though, Affleck seems to be eyeing the door, trying to figure out how he can make a clean, "Argo"-esque escape from the DCEU".

He did this in the presence of cameras, his fellow Justice League stars, and with the knowledge that he was, like his brother Casey, recently accused of sexual misconduct.

Still, even without a named actor, this news does further the narrative that Ben Affleck wants out of the role of Batman, making the upcoming solo movie an interesting clean slate prospect.

Affleck was initially in line to direct The Batman, before deciding to step down in order to focus on his performance. In Batman v. Superman, he was cited by many as being one of the bright spots of an abysmally-received movie, but his reactions to the critical takes still spawned an immortal meme of misfortune and regret. That being said, if there was someone who would know better than the general public, it's someone who'd worked alongside Affleck for Justice League.

When Affleck was first cast as Batman, almost 100,000 people signed a Change.org petition asking DC to reconsider. Just hit the buttons on the top of this page.

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