Much to the delight of the internet, Ben Affleck has officially revealed that he is no longer Batman. The internet has been swirling this rumor within hours of the announcement that he would be playing Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The announcement came during his conversation with Jimmy Kimmel on his late-night talk show.
If you cannot listen, nor want to watch, the clip below, Affleck had this to say simply:
“You know I tried to direct a version of it and worked with a really good screenwriter, but just kind of couldn’t come up with a version—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.”
Affleck’s involvement in bringing The Batman to the big screen was cloudy at best. Shortly after the release of Justice League, Affleck had announced that he was going back into rehab, which put the future of the movie in doubt. Afterwards, Affleck and Geoff Johns had reportedly put together a script, but it was shortly afterwards that Matt Reeves was brought onboard to see what he could do with the story.
While some sites will say that Affleck was officially confirmed to be out when The Batman was given a release date of June 25, 2021. That is plain wrong. Deadline broke the official release date of the new movie, but Warner Bros. did not OFFICIALLY announce Affleck was no longer a part of it. Hence the announcement last night.
The original piece added the words “we hear” before saying that he would no longer be Batman. Which seems to be the direction of the entire DC Cinematic Universe.
Ben Affleck, unlike his last turn as a superhero, was very good in the Bruce Wayne role. He was very much the mold of Wayne and his alter ego. Personally, I hate to see that he will no longer be a part of the universe. Although, if they do a direct adaptation of The Dark Knight Returns, I think Affleck is perfect for that role.