For a while now, it has been rumored and speculated that Ben Affleck’s time in the iconic bat suit was coming to an end. There were even rumors that his appearance in the Justice League movie would mark the end of his tenure as Batman. Affleck himself has been reported as saying he was looking for a quick and graceful exit from the franchise.
Well, he may have gotten his exit but it will be anything but graceful. It would seem that the cost of insuring Affleck for another Batman movie may very well be out of the studios range or even desire to deal with.
With Affleck being a currently recovering alcoholic, who just last week checked himself into rehab for the third time, the previous two times within just a little over a year, he may very well have priced himself right out of his current role of Batman.
Warner Brothers studio is re-evaluating his casting in the role of the upcoming “The Batman” movie, stating that the cost of insurance to cover him during production may be more than they are wanting to shell out.
A representative for a completion bond company stated:
“More than likely the studio will replace him because the insurance costs are going to go through the roof.”
An attorney who specializes in insurance and bond products added:
“He would be bondable, but the deductible would be really high, probably the budget of the film.”
The insurers may even demand that half of the film’s working budget be set aside in escrow as a good faith deductible. This could still add up to major dollars for Warner Brothers, as Justice League’s production budget was around $300 million.
If you take that production into consideration, and there is a sequel to Justice League with Affleck attached, the budget could go to over $450 million, before even factoring in marketing expenses.