- At the end of January, Deadline reported Ben Affleck was done playing Batman.
- The Hollywood Reporter first reported Warner Bros. was making a way for Affleck’s exit from the role in July 2017.
- Thursday night, during an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Affleck confirmed he’s indeed hanging up the cape and cowl. “I’m not Batman,” he said.
Ben Affleck is officially done playing Batman.
During an appearance Thursday night on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” to promote his upcoming Netflix movie, “Triple Frontier,” the actor confirmed he was done playing Gotham’s vigilante. Deadline recently reported Affleck would retire from the role after appearances in “Batman v. Superman” and “Justice League.” Affleck was also set to direct a standalone Batman movie, in which he was expected to star.
“I tried to direct a version of it and, worked with a really good screenwriter, but just couldn’t come up with a version of – I couldn’t crack it,” Affleck told Kimmel of the Batman movie he was working on. “So, I thought it was time to let someone else take a shot at. They’ve got some really good people.”
That someone else is Matt Reeves (“War for the Planet of the Apes”) who will be directing the next standalone Batman movie. No one has been named as the next Caped Crusader, yet, though there are a lot of actors people would like to see in the role.
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Previously, Affleck took to Twitter to wish Reeves good luck on the next Batman film. He didn’t comment on leaving the role.
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) January 31, 2019
In honor of his departure as the Dark Knight, Kimmel held a brief retirement ceremony for his friend where they hung up Batfleck’s cape and cowl.
“Warner Bros. has given us something,” said the host. “We’re going to officially retire your Bat cape to the rafters.”
“That is your official cowl and cape,” said Kimmel as his sidekick Guillermo brought it out on stage dressed as Robin.
When Kimmel asked if Affleck had an official statement to give on departing the role, the actor kept it short and simple saying, “I guess, I’m not Batman.”
Reeves’ “The Batman,” is currently set for a June 25, 2021 release.
You can watch Affleck’s appearance on Kimmel below bidding farewell to the Dark Knight.