Ben Affleck recently appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to announce he’s officially retiring as Batman.
Affleck plans to hang up the Baitsuit and move out of the Batcave confirming persistent rumors of his exit from the DC Universe over creative differences.
But fans of the legendary caped crusader aren’t convinced Affleck will go down in history like beloved Batman actors Christian Bale, George Clooney and Michael Keaton.
After struggling to develop the next Batman film, Affleck decided to “let someone else take a shot at it.”
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) February 15, 2019
The longtime A-list actor appeared as Bruce Wayne’s crime-fighting alter ego in Batman vs. Superman, Justice League and Suicide Squad. But Affleck claims he “couldn’t crack it” after being tasked with directing the next installment of Batman.
Following the announcement, fans debated Ben Affleck’s legacy as Batman.
I don’t buy it. @BenAffleck cracked how to play Batman. He’s a great director but doesn’t need to direct the character to continue playing him.
— Brewvies with Matt (@BrewviesWthMatt) February 15, 2019
No one wanted this in the first place.
— Mica Willis (@iAMbigmeesh) February 15, 2019
Really sad that Ben Affleck won't be putting on the cowl anymore. He really potrayed an aged and damaged Bruce Wayne/Batman well. So much opportunities were wasted. SMH. #Batman pic.twitter.com/IzZGNEVpKL
— Benj (@RealKermitJr) February 16, 2019
Ben Affleck was the best batman.
— Captain Marvel (@DengiNash) February 16, 2019
But Affleck was unpopular with some longtime fans of the character.
People really thought Ben Affleck was better than Christian Bale as Batman? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/562HeZIjcs
— Wesley Clapp (@wesleyclapp_) February 15, 2019
I'm not sad to see him leave, but not because I don't like him. It was not a good fit in the end. I'd rather see DC move away from the stuff that has bogged them down and just focus on making good movies.
— neontaster (@neontaster) February 15, 2019
Why does everyone want Ben Affleck to play Batman? He kinda sucked. I would really prefer a different actor. Affleck is too….eh. That’s the only way I know to describe him. Just….eh
— GoatBoi (@goatpersonthing) February 3, 2019
— Mr. Sinister (@SatanKaAttorney) January 31, 2019
They retired Ben affleck Batman jersey like he wasn’t one the worst
— Sai (@thereal__gunn) February 16, 2019
But mostly, people are disappointed he’s leaving the DC Universe.
@BenAffleck I owe you an apology sir. When I first read you'd been cast as Batman,as an avid fan and harsh critic,I had many doubts as to your ability to portray the him properly. After watching your performances,I was proven wrong,and wanted you to know it.
— ☠Vader☠ (@VaderRappina) February 16, 2019
It's sad to hear 😞 check out Ben Affleck confirming he will not be playing Batman in the up and coming Matt Reeves' BATMAN film. pic.twitter.com/k79UOgE8gw
— EverythingLowery🎬🍿 (@everythinglwry) February 15, 2019
Some argued Affleck’s true vision for Batman was killed in development.
What's sad is that I've been expecting him to be done since I saw Justice League. I'm not even bothered by this news. I'm so checked out on DC and that's what kills me most. I've loved DC for so long
— Brandon Valenza (@The_Meatball_84) February 15, 2019
Bullshit. EVERYONE needs to know that this is a lie, Warner told him to say it. He and Terrio have a perfect script for the Batman movie and he wants to do it!
The only impediment is Warner.
— Yuri (@SrYuriLuiz) February 15, 2019
What’s next for Ben Affleck?
The Batman alum told Jimmy Kimmel he’s preparing to release a new film on Netflix called Triple Frontier which is about five friends who reunite to hunt down a South American drug lord.
Meanwhile, 2021’s The Batman is on track for release, but they’re still searching for the next Bruce Wayne.
I’m guessing Matt Damon will take a shot at the role.