Ben Affleck Officially Retires from Batman on 'Kimmel': "I Couldn't Crack It"
Published Feb 15, 2019Just in case there was any lingering doubt that Ben Affleck would no longer be Batman, the actor has now officially retired his Bat Cape while on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
While on the show last night (February 14) to promote Affleck's new Netflix film Triple Frontier, the actor was seemingly surprised with a "Batfleck 12" cape — a costume piece he then soon officially retired to the rafters.
Solidifying the end of his Dark Knight days, Affleck then looked into the camera to proclaim: "I don't know. I guess, uh, I'm not Batman?"
You can watch the retirement ceremony play out for yourself below.
But while the whole Batman retirement was presented as a gag, Affleck did get a bit emotional about ending his tenure as the hero during the show.
"I tried to direct a version of it and worked with a really good screenwriter but just couldn't come up with a version," Affleck told Jimmy Kimmel. "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."
That person now taking a shot at the Caped Crusader is Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves, whose The Batman is scheduled to hit theaters in summer of 2021. For the upcoming film, Warner Bros. confirmed last month that it would be looking for a new actor to play a younger iteration of the character.