"It was time to let someone take a shot at it"
Ben Affleck has discussed his departure from Batman for the first time, admitting that he struggled to direct his own standalone version of the Caped Crusader.
In January, the Oscar-winning star confirmed his departure by tweeting to say he was “excited” to see the next iteration of the iconic character, which will be directed by Matt Reeves.
Last night, he appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to discuss his departure from the role for the first time.
“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,” said Affleck.
“And so it was time to let someone take a shot at it. They’ve got some really good people.”
Although specific plot details for Reeves’ iteration are yet to emerge, the director says that it is influenced by film noir.
“It’s very much a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale,” he explained.
“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.”
The Batman is scheduled for release in June 2021. It was rumoured earlier this week that Robert Pattinson could be in contention for the iconic role.