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Ben Affleck opens up on why he quit Batman role: ‘I couldn’t crack it’

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 15/2/2019 Safeeyah Kazi
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Ben Affleck has opened up on his decision to leave his role as Batman behind, admitting he felt he “couldn’t crack it.”

The Gone Girl actor told how he has officially hung up the cape to pass the torch on to the next star.

Speaking on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Affleck revealed: “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.

“So I thought it’s time for someone else to take a shot at it. They got some really good people so I’m excited.”

Earlier this year, Deadline reported that Affleck stepped down from starring in Matt Reeves’ The Batman and would not be returning to the DC universe after the actor was initially set to co-write, star and direct the film.

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At the time, the 46-year-old actor shared a message of congratulations to the new team and revealed he was excited to see what Reeves could do with the project.

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In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Reeves expressed hopes to explore Batman’s more investigative side.

He said: “It's very much a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale. It's told very squarely on his shoulders, and I hope it's going to be a story that will be thrilling but also emotional. It's more Batman in his detective mode than we've seen in the films.

"The comics have a history of that. He's supposed to be the world's greatest detective, and that's not necessarily been a part of what the movies have been.”

Affleck first appeared on screens as Bruce Wayne in 2016 in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, taking on the role from predecessor Christian Bale.

The Batman is expected to release in 2021.

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