Ben Affleck Reveals Why He Quit His Role As Batman

Alfie PowellAlfie Powell in Uncategorised
Published 15.02.19

I genuinely think I’m one of the few people to actually like Ben Affleck as Batman.

I think most of the issues with his performance as the caped crusader come from both poorly written scripts and bad directing, but he managed to do a fairly good job.

Granted he was probably too old to kick-start a rebooted franchise, but he looked the part and I really think he tried his hardest with the role.

Also, I know Batman vs Superman gets a lot of hate, and rightly so, but the part where he’s fighting Superman, says “You’re not brave. Men are brave,” whilst blocking a punch is genuinely sublime.

From about 2:30 on this…

Anyway. It wasn’t known about for sure until now, but Affleck has thrown in his bat-towel, and not just stepped aside for a prequel or whatever.

Appearing yesterday on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Affleck was asked about hanging up his cowl…

Speaking to Kimmel, he said how he was initially directing a solo Batman film, but it wasn’t to be:

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 it was time to let someone take a shot at it. They’ve got some really good people.”

Seems kind of a shame really but DC really looks to be going through some kind of soft reboot.

I’ve not a clue what all of this means for the timeline but if Fox could get away with it regarding X-Men, then I’m sure we can all let this fly… so long as the films are good.

Speaking of the upcoming Batman film, new director Matt Reeves said:

It’s very much a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale. It’s told very squarely on his shoulders, and I hope it’s going to be a story that will be thrilling but also emotional. It’s more Batman in his detective mode than we’ve seen in the films.

The comics have a history of that. He’s supposed to be the world’s greatest detective, and that’s not necessarily been a part of what the movies have been.

God knows.

Images via ABC, Warner Bros