Ben Affleck Finally Confirms He's No Longer Playing Batman

Bye bye Ben.

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Last month, the upcoming standalone Batman movie was finally given a release date and official title of The Batman. The one thing that wasn't announced by Warner or director Matt Reeves was who will be playing Batman. It has long been rumored that Ben Affleck is quitting the role, and now the star has confirmed the news.

As reported by comicbook.com, Affleck appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live, where he was asked if it was true he is stepping down at Batman. "Yeah, I am," he said. "I have decided... I tried to direct a version of it, worked with a really good screenwriter, but couldn't come up with a version. Couldn't crack it. So I thought it was time to let someone else take a shot at it and they got some really good people."

The Batman was first announced back in 2016, with Affleck attached to star, co-write, and direct. He initially stepped down as director when Reeves came on board, and soon after it was reported that Affleck's script had been abandoned. While Affleck never stated that he was leaving the role, last year it was reported that Reeves' movie will feature a much younger Bruce Wayne. In addition, last month Affleck retweeted Deadline's story that he would no longer play the role.

The Batman hits theaters on June 25, 2021. Last month, Reeves hinted at what fans could expect from the film. "It's very much a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale," he said. "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."

In related news, DC also recently announced the release date of the next Suicide Squad movie. It's simply titled The Suicide Squad, and is not a sequel to the 2017 movie, but a new version written by James Gunn. Gunn was hired by DC to work on the script in October, following his departure from Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gunn is also in negotiations to direct, and that it will "take the franchise in a new direction with a mostly all-new cast of characters and actors."

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Justtapitin

The Heavens opened and the angel of the Lord appeared, and said "Ben Affleck is no longer playing Batman." And the people rejoiced.

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Elranzer

There's way too many Suicide Squad sequels and spin-offs and Harley Quinn movies and Joker movies in the works.

Just make one single Suicide Squad 2, jeez.

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DAOWAce

"I'm (not) Batman."

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lkk102466

i'm blaming the writers. it's not like he was out there clooney-ing up the place. i might have liked to see him in a stand alone movie to contrast it with the two train wrecks that he was shackled to. keaton had good writing as did bale, would they have done as well without the solid story telling?

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sinister70

I dont know about the new guy to replace him, but if i was cast as batman, i would track down Kevin Conroy and get HIS advice on how to best portray batman. I mean, how cool would it be if Kevin Conroy actually had somewhat of an input on how they should portray him. Even if i was matt reeves directing the movie i’d still have kevin Conroy be a part of the process.

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MadCat221

So.... OtherDarrin a new actor in, or have the Bat Mantle get passed on to Robin 1/Nightwing?

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chopsbenedict

lots of support I wouldnt expect for Affleck at Batman, I hated it and havent spoken to anyone who had good things to say about him in the role. To each their own I suppose, but I think this is the best think that could happen to the franchise right now.

Detective focus could be amazing, especially with noir style and tone. Hopefully it would push directing away from gadget or action focus into mindset and approach

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Midna

That’s a shame. He was a very good batman.

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Poodger

He was a good Batman

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Musky69

I thought he was good as Batman...but when he was Bruce Wayne it was like Oh it's Ben Affleck

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ballaShotCaller

He needs to focus on his sobriety right now.

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jcharp

That's too bad. I honestly thought he was going to be terrible but he actually turned out to do a pretty good job.

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JediSith1981

I actually liked Affleck; no, I don't think he was the best Batman, but I do think he was the best Bruce Wayne

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uninspiredcup

Dropping the expanded universe is the best thing DC can do.

Go back to the drawing board. Don't just desperately attempt to emulate Marvel.

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Poodger

@uninspiredcup: It is hard to know exactly what to do. Wonderwoman and Aquaman are fun movies that should deserve sequels and the same stars.

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shadowwarrior4

@uninspiredcup: is a DC pets movie a better idea

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ohrenclez

@shadowwarrior4: Movies with a different tone like Teen Titans Go and LEGO Batman that target a younger audience have been successful and also critically acclaimed

Of course they don't really compete with MCU movies, but if they want to do more projects like this and bring back non pixar animated movies in a big way, more power to them
(this also seems to be what sony wants to do with more spider-verse projects...so there seems to be a big market for that)

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hausjam

He was a detective in JL. He spent most of the movie looking for people and chasing down leads. And I thought this was a great version of Batman. Being the only superhero without superpowers it made perfect sense for him to be the JLs spearhead and mentor. As for who’s the best Batman, it doesn’t matter. Anyone can put on a rubber suit, talk in a gravelly voice, and wait backstage while stuntmen do the fighting.

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VFighter

That sucks, he was a great Batman. Why is it so hard to keep people in this role?

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Poodger

@Fr0z1ndude: I thought he was. He looked and sounded the part. Bale's movies were the best Batman movies, but Bale was not good in the role. Every other Batman was pretty meh, both in actor and in story.

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Deedubau

@Poodger: I agree. It sounded like Bale had throat cancer talking as batman lol. If Ben was in the nolan movies then I think it could've been his best role ever.

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Alumenad

@vfighter:

Great batman? Really?

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VFighter

@alumenad: Yeah really, don't let your blind internet constructed hate blind you, he was a great Batman. Maybe get some opinions of your own instead of sticking with the herd mentality.

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Alumenad

@vfighter:

I saw him in lots of movies and all his batman appearances and I always thought he was at best a mediocre actor. One of his better performances was in good will hunting.

Not sure how you came to the conclusion he was a great batman. Keaton was a great batman, Bale was, hell I even liked Kilmer. I thought fat, old Affleck was pretty shitty allround.

I figure you have bad taste, you’re biased or a kid with little reference material. Maybe all of the above, but surely one of the tree.

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ryuburger

@vfighter: Well let’s see regarding his supposed detective work in the films the computer tech pretty much does all the work for him so he just follows the dots which any able bodied logic thinking person can do.

He needs to call his employees and give them permission to leave a FREAKIN building that was about to collapse. Not to mention running Into a cloud of smoke and dust which presumanly was safe and survived because his name was in the title.

That terrible attempt to appear drunk when he’s trying to fool Lexs henchgirl Mercy was just embarrassin. Again the whole White Portuguese story thread was mostly assisted by the high tech computers and Alfred so yeah this isn’t truly the best Batman weve had yet *rolls eyes