Ben Affleck appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, where he officially confirmed that he's no longer playing Batman in the DC Extended Universe:
"...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," Affleck told Kimmel. "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."
Hearing the word from Affleck himself wasn't enough: Kimmel had an entire ceremony to "retire" Affleck's Batman cape and cowl like a sports jersey being hung in the rafters. It was all in good fun, but for a lot of Batman fans the gag was also a solemn bit of symbolism, that has stirred some impassioned reactions:
?Well it’s just he end of an era... #BenAffleck is not #TheBatman anymore HOWEVER he is THE BEST Live-Action #Batman we ever had...THANK YOU @BenAffleck for your amazing performances as Bruce Wayne/Batman ?? #Batfleck #BatfleckForever pic.twitter.com/tHhQieEdDQ— Josh Herrera (@Josh62488) February 15, 2019
A lot of fans realize this is the end, but are still crowning Affleck as the G.O.A.T.
U may not have enjyd the world that Snyder built, you may have had issues with the story that he told, but the one thing he always got right was casting & Ben Affleck was an AMAZING #Batman. Well done @BenAffleck Maybe someday we will see you don the cape and cowl again. #PodNerd pic.twitter.com/dTc5FHD18u— Bridging the Geekdoms Podcast (@BridgeGeekdoms) February 15, 2019
Affleck's Batman truly was the one piece of Zack Snyder's DC Universe that just about everyone approved of.
Ben:"i'm not Batman"
Me:"I know you are not Batman"?
Me:"your secret is safe with me"?February 15, 2019
If we don't say it out loud or acknowledge it - maybe it isn't real?
Seriously, fuck you @wbpictures for making Ben Affleck do that stupid Batman retirement bit on Kimmel.— Scott Stamper (@DerfelMacGuffin) February 15, 2019
We have a feeling Warner Bros. re-upped on the amount of angry fan emails they receive. #BringBackBen could be the 2019 #ReleaseTheSnyderCut!
As you can see, Affleck's Batman ended his career much like he began...
@BenAffleck won’t be Batman anymore...that day was expected. I’m sad that we’ll never get to see him in @ZackSnyder full JL vision. You were the best Batman ever filmed and I hate that Josstice League was your swan song. pic.twitter.com/DXtaudXKhF— Kevernio (@FuryFirestorm) February 15, 2019
The most painful thing for a lot of fans is knowing that "Josstice League" will be the end of BatAffleck's DCEU arc. He truly deserved more...
I'm not gonna lie... I figured #BenAffleck was done w/ #Batman during the Justice League promo. I'm still optimistic tho. I mean, I figured Ben was gonna be good, but he blew me away. I just hope the next actor, can bring it like he did. That's all I want. pic.twitter.com/HW9sxp0USw— J-SOMusic.com (@Thebuljso) February 15, 2019
Right now, we are all @TheBuljso.
Who do you want to see step up to replace Ben Affleck as the next Batman? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
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