Affleck emphatically brings his tenure as Gotham’s Dark Knight to a close….
It’s finally over.
The Ben Affleck/Batman saga has been a test of endurance for most fans. His on/off relationship with the character has been laughable at times and devastating at others. One minute he intends to continue his custodianship of the character, the next it is the furthest thing from his mind. However, his recent revelation on social media appeared to have put the debate to rest and signalled the end of his relationship with Batman.
Some fans doubted the validity of his post suggesting this was just another bump in the road leading toward Matt Reeves’ The Batman, however, in a recent interview on the Jimmy Kimmel show, Affleck took the opportunity to officially retire from the role thus bringing his three year association with the DC icon to an abrupt end.
“I’m not Batman,” Affleck said with a smile. He looked jovial, or at the very least, relieved to hang up his cape and cowl. “I tried to direct a version of it and worked with a really good screenwriter, but just couldn’t crack it,” Affleck told Jimmy Kimmel. “And 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.”
And with that, Affleck relinquished a comedic cape and cowl with the logo Batfleck 12 printed on the back which was hoisted into the rafters of the studio to symbolise his retirement from the role and thusly bringing his tenure to an end.
Despite the controversy surrounding his time as the Dark Knight, Affleck turned in some solid performances. His dark interpretation of the character in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was one of the best versions of Batman ever to be put on screen, easily rivalling Michael Keaton and Christian Bale; and his vastly reduced role in Suicide Squad only served to enhance his credibility. However, the directorial change on Justice League led to drastic reshoots from Joss Whedon which emphatically ripped the character to shreds and reduced him to a shadow of his former self. It is with a heavy heart we cast off his Dark Knight into the annals of DC history.
Thank you for the memories Batfleck!
The hunt now begins for the next Batman.
Riddle me this, riddle me that…who will be brave enough to play the big black Bat?
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