The buzz began when a Twitter user proposed that Affleck was scheduled to sprinkle some laughs through a voice cameo as the iconic Bruce Wayne/Batman in the new film. In a surprising twist, the unverified tweet suggested that Gunn had decided to remove this cameo to avoid tying the movie to the DC Extended Universe, a narrative direction they believed Gunn was purposely steering away from.
The rumor grew so wide-spread that it prompted Gunn himself to respond and set the record straight about Affleck’s supposed involvement in Blue Beetle.
In Gunn’s own words, “I’ve never heard of a Ben Affleck voice cameo in Beetle, nor has Peter, much less cut one. I never heard of one because one never existed (just asked the producers).”
Moreover, Gunn took to Twitter to ensure his point of view reached a wider audience, fervently denying any knowledge of a supposed Affleck voiceover:
“I’ve never heard of a Ben Affleck voice cameo in Beetle, nor has Peter, much less cut one.”— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) August 18, 2023
Also, he confirmed that after checking with the movie’s producers, no such cameo was ever in the works:
“I never heard of one because one never existed (just asked the producers).” — James Gunn (@JamesGunn) August 18, 2023
While it’s always exciting to speculate about possible celebrity cameos, it’s crucial to take such rumors with a grain of salt until confirmed by those directly involved in the project.
Now that we’ve cleared the air on that, here’s the official trailer for Blue Beetle, which promises to be a thrilling addition to the DC Universe – with or without a cameo from the erstwhile Batman, Ben Affleck: