It’s official, Batfleck is no more. Ben Affleck officially said goodbye to Batman on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday night. Affleck appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote his new Netflix film Triple Frontier and finally spoke out on his decision to leave the cape and cowl behind as writer/director Matt Reeves prepares for The Batman.
“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 said. “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.”
Kimmel then offered him the opportunity to make a final official statement as a way to say goodbye to his take on the iconic character. And he did so with a twist on a phrase made famous in Michael Keaton’s 1989 film, “Batman.” Affleck joked the number was there the entire time and Warner Bros. paid $80 million to digitally remove it. As the cape and cowl were hoisted to the rafters, Affleck delivered a twist on the iconic line: “I’m not Batman.”.