Batman: Ben Affleck reveals why he will no longer play superhero

'I couldn’t crack it'

Jack Shepherd
Friday 15 February 2019 11:55 GMT

Ben Affleck has spoken for the first time about stepping away from Batman.

Last month, reports confirmed the actor – who appeared as the Caped Crusader in Batman v Superman, Justice League and Suicide Squad – would no longer play the character on the big screen.

Speaking on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Affleck confirmed the news and revealed why things fell through.

“I tried to direct a version of it and worked with a really good screenwriter, but just couldn’t come up with a version,” he said. “I couldn’t crack it.”

The 46-year-old added: “I thought it was time to let someone take a shot at it. They’ve got some really good people.”

Matt Reeves, who helmed War for the Planet of the Apes, will write and direct the upcoming Batman film. No actor has yet been attached to the role.

Kimmel asked Affleck for one final statement, to which he responded: “I guess, I’m not Batman.”

Speaking about taking on directing Batman, Reeves previously said: “I have loved the Batman story since I was a child. He is such an iconic and compelling character, and one that resonates with me deeply.

“I am incredibly honoured and excited to be working with Warner Bros to bring an epic and emotional new take on the Caped Crusader to the big screen.”

Hinting at what the film, titled The Batman, will be about, Reeves said recently: “It’s very much a point of video-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.”

He added that he was focusing on the superhero’s detective roots and plans on having him face off against “multiple villains”.

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