Towards the end of the story, Ben Affleck's fate was revealed as the publication claimed a search for a new Batman was underway. It seems that Warner Bros. had used the film's performance to take a hard look at its approach to DC movies. According to the report, Warner Bros will not be making any new movies about their flagship characters - Batman and Superman - that involve actors Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill.
The report says that the changes, which also includes news that production on the untitled standalone Flash film starring Ezra Miller has been pushed back to late 2019 due to Miller's role in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, were prompted by the lackluster box office performance of Justice League.
Henry starred in 2013's Man of Steel, 2016's Batman v. Superman and last year's Justice League, but it appears he will be hanging up the red cape after finding success with his recent casting in Netflix's The Witcher.
This comes weeks after Warner Bros and Cavill were involved in a contract dispute regarding his future in the DCEU, around the same time as Affleck checked himself into rehab for alcohol addiction.
Warner Bros are busy trying to reboot their box office bombing and critically panned DC Extended Universe following Justice League's disastrous run past year.
Before adding: "It is expected to recast the Dark Knight with a different actor for director Matt Reeves" upcoming Batman solo outing'.
However, the report didn't mention that Cavill would be.
'There's a recognition that some parts of the previous movies didn't work, ' the insider added. This idea is backed up by comments from WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey during an investor call earlier this month, in which he said, "Some of our franchises, in particular DC, we all think we can do better".
The Variety report suggests that Affleck's role will be recast in the coming months.