With great pain (and great responsibility), I have to report that Ben Affleck officially confirmed his retirement from the role of Batman on Jimmy Kimmel Live! this week.
After it was announced that the next solo Batman movie would feature a younger Bruce Wayne within the chronology of DC’s cinematic universe, everyone speculated whether or not this meant that Affleck would be excluded from future installments. It is now true.
“I tried to direct a version of it and worked with a really good screenwriter but just couldn’t come up with a version — I couldn’t crack it and so I thought it’s time for someone else to take a shot at it. They got some really good people so I’m excited.”
While the caped crusader is in good hands with Matt Reeves (Planet of the Apes trilogy), so many potential Batman adaptations are now out the window. With an older Batman, we could have seen adaptations of notable comic book arcs such as Hush, The Court/Night of the Owls, or Death of the Family.
Fortunately for Affleck, he appeared to be quite content with the announcement, as he joked with Kimmel, “I’m not Batman.”
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