Ben Affleck Explains Why He Is No Longer Batman

Andie Manahan

February 15, 2019

Ben Affleck has officially (and ceremoniously) hung up his Batcape.


After 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and 2018’s Justice League, Ben won’t be reprising his role as the Caped Crusader anymore.


During a guest appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the host asked the 46-year-old actor about the rumors that he’s stepping down from the role as the Dar Knight for good. In January, it was announced that DCEU’s The Batman standalone film will be casting a younger actor to play the titular character – due to the film’s storyline, which focuses on a younger Bruce Wayne.


Ben personally confirmed that the era of Batfleck is over. Explaining his decision, he told Jimmy:


“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 I thought it’s time for someone else to take a shot at it. They got some really good people so I’m excited.”


Following the news, Jimmy wasn’t about to let Ben pass on the torch without ceremony.


The host had Guillermo brought out Ben’s mask and cape, dressed as Robin, no less. The cape sported a gold number 12 and the name “Batfleck” on the back.


Ben is a longtime New England Patriots fan, and when asked about the number’s significance, “That’s [Tom] Brady’s number. You can’t be a hero unless you’re wearing number 12,” Ben joked. “I insisted to Warner Bros. that that be on it the whole time. They actually paid $80 million to digitally remove it from every movie.”


Ben’s Batcape was officially retired to JKL’s rafters, replacing the “sparkly thong Matt Damon wore when he played Liberace’s boyfriend in Behind the Candelabra.”


As for his parting words: “I don’t know? I guess, I’m not Batman,” Ben quipped.


Although we will no longer be seeing him in the DCEU films as Batman, we can still look forward to watching Ben bust out his acting chops onscreen. He’ll be starring opposite Charlie Hunnam and Oscar Isaac in J.C. Chandor’s thriller Triple Frontier, which comes out on Netflix this March. He’s also slated to star in I Am Still Alive, an adaptation of the novel by Kate Alice Marshall, and Gavin O. Connor’s Torrance.