After what felt like an interminable age of back and forth, would he/wouldn’t he rumours and hearsay, the cat is finally out of the bag. Well,
However, plans change. And in this case, Affleck decided to rather hand the filmmaking reins over to initially focus just on playing Batman… and then, as most recently revealed, focus on anything else besides playing Batman, giving the opportunity for another actor to pick up his Bat-baton. So what happened though? How did arguably the biggest name in the
While appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live at the end of last week, Affleck finally broke his public silence on the issue explaining that he just “couldn’t crack” what makes Batman work.
I tried to direct a version of [Batman], [I] worked with a really good screenwriter, but kinda just couldn’t come up with a version. Couldn’t crack it. I thought it was time for someone else to take a shot at it. And they’ve got some really good people.
If you had to ask me though, this lack of belief in his own Batman began in that now infamous interview straight after the release of Batman v Superman. Affleck, having already endured being the brunt of jokes unfairly when his Daredevil movie got pulled apart by critics and fans, had once again done a fine job in a film in which dumb decisions were made by people above him. And when a journalist informed Affleck and Superman actor Henry Cavill of the negative reception the film was getting for the first time in that interview, you could see his soul die on-screen in real-time as a thousand Sad Ben Affleck memes sprang into creation. That was the proverbial straw that broke the bat’s back, and it was just downhill from there.
This is a pity though, as I rather liked “Batfleck”. He was one of the few actors to play the role that was convincing as both Batman and Bruce
Last Updated: February 18, 2019