In an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Thursday, the actor explained why he will not be returning as the Caped Crusader in the 2021 film “The Batman,” to be written and directed by Matt Reeves. Affleck is retiring from the role after playing Bruce Wayne in only three movies: “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” “Suicide Squad,” and “Justice League.”
“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,” Affleck told Kimmel. “So I thought it was time to let someone else take a shot at it. They got some really good people, so I’m excited.”
I don't think this news surprises any one but it is sad. I liked Affleck as Batman and was curious to see how he would do in a solo movie.
This does seem to point to DC not knowing what it is doing right now. Their main Batman actor has called it quits after 3 movies, right before the first solo movie for the character. Cavill is reportedly done as Superman after 3 movies and there are no plans for a solo Superman movie.
I do wonder who will be cast as Batman, and how the movie will fit into the overall DC universe. Will it be an origin story? Will it take place after Justice League? Will it be a stand-alone movie not connected to the larger film-verse?