What Went Wrong With Batfleck: Ben Affleck Admits ‘I Couldn’t Crack It’
A number of Hollywood’s leading men may have stepped into the cape of Batman, but few have been so hotly contested and synonymous with the role as Ben Affleck. But as the actor announced recently, he’s finally hanging up the cape and saying goodbye to the superhero alter ego for good.
It’s a huge departure for some who went from starring and directing in Worlds of DC’s first solo movie for the caped crusader to washing his hands of it altogether. Affleck played Bruce Wayne in the movies: Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, and Justice League.
In an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the actor explained why he won’t be returning as Batman in the 2021 film, The Batman, to be written and directed by Matt Reeves.
“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,” the one-time Batman told Jimmy Kimmel. “And so it was time to let someone take a shot at it. They’ve got some really good people, so I’m excited.”
Affleck, when cast as Batman, was somewhat controversial, though not without his supporters. His brief tenure as the Dark Knight was dogged with controversy as hardcore fans were immediately upset by Zack Snyder’s departure of the traditional rules that upheld Bruce Wayne and his alter ego.
Batman vs Superman saw Batman attacking a warehouse of criminals with the guns mounted on his Batwing, breaking the golden rules that stipulate Batman doesn’t kill, and also doesn’t use guns. These rules are central to the character who saw his parents shot to death in front of him when a child, an event that led him to become a crime fighter.
That said, it seems the decision for Affleck to depart was made in good faith and is one he hasn’t lost much sleep over. Earlier this year, he tweeted about the decision to leave the film he was originally slated to direct and star in. “Excited for #TheBatman in Summer 2021 and to see @MattReevesLA vision come to life.”
Affleck says he gave it his best shot, but feels he isn’t right for the role anymore.
“Superhero movies get the level of attention that is nothing like any film I’ve done. You cast the 14th lead in these movies and the Internet goes crazy,” Affleck told USA Today in a 2017 interview. “I understand and embrace that. That’s part of the pressure that comes with doing it. That’s why I am not going to do it, unless I really feel confident about it.”
The new Dark Knight is yet to be cast, but we’ll be sure to keep you informed.