Ben Affleck explains his reason for retiring as Batman

Ben Affleck has officially turned in his cape. 

The 46-year-old actor appeared on Thursday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! where he explained his decision to end his stint as Batman in the DC films. 

"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 notes. "So I thought it was time let someone else take a shot at it. They got some really good people so I’m excited.”

The Oscar winner appeared as the Caped Crusader in two films, 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and 2017’s Justice League. In January it was announced that he would not be returning for the Matt Reeves-directed standalone film, titled The Batman, which is scheduled for a June 25, 2021 release. Affleck had previously stepped down from directing the Batman film. 

On Kimmel, the host brought out Affleck’s mask and cape, which had a gold number 12 and the name “Batfleck” on the back. 

"That’s [Tom] Brady’s number. You can’t be a hero unless you’re wearing number 12,” the longtime New England Patriots fan jokes. "I insisted to Warner Bros. that that be on it the whole time. They actually paid $80 million to digitally remove it from every movie.”

Kimmel then asks Affleck if he has any parting words as his retirement begins. 

"I don’t know? I guess, I’m not Batman,” he jokes. 

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 19: Ben Affleck is seen on March 19, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Ben Affleck is seen on February 25, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are seen on February 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 03: Ben Affleck is seen on February 03, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 28: Ben Affleck is seen on January 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 27: Ben Affleck is seen on January 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 23: Ben Affleck seen out and about in Manhatttan on January 23, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 22: Ben Affleck is seen in the Upper West Side on January 22, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 21: Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus enjoy coffee while holding hands on January 21, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 08: Ben Affleck is seen on January 08, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Ben Affleck attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Justice League' on November 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/ WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus are seen on November 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 16: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and guest Ben Affleck during Thursday's November 16, 2017 show. (Photo by Scott Kowalchyk/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: Ben Affleck departs Ed Sullivan Theater after his taping of 'The Late Show With Stephen Colbert 'on November 16, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Karl Moor/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 14: Ben Affleck seen at JFK Airport on November 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Ben Affleck arrives at the Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Justice League' at Dolby Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are seen on February 27, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Ben Affleck is seen on February 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Ben Affleck is seen on February 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Ben Affleck is seen on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Ben Affleck is seen on February 15, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by PG/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Ben Affleck is seen on February 15, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 14: Ben Affleck is seen arriving at 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on February 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 14: Ben Affleck is seen at 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on February 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by RB/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Ben Affleck is seen on February 08, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Ben Affleck is seen on February 08, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 05: Ben Affleck is seen on February 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 24: Ben Affleck is seen on January 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 24: Ben Affleck is seen on January 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 24: Ben Affleck is seen on January 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 22: Ben Affleck is seen on January 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 20: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen on January 20, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 20: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen on January 20, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 20: Ben Affleck is seen on January 20, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Ben Affleck is seen on January 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Ben Affleck is seen on January 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Ben Affleck is seen on January 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 16: Ben Affleck is seen on January 16, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: Ben Affleck is seen on January 15, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 11: Ben Affleck is seen on January 11, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
TOPSHOT - 2018 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Doctor Denis Mukwege (L) shakes hands with US Actor Ben Affleck (R) as he prepares to leave, following a meeting, at the Panzi hospital, in Bukavu, on December 29, 2018. - Denis Mukwege is a crusading gynaecologist who has spent more than two decades treating appalling injuries inflicted on women in the DRC. (Photo by Fredrik Lerneryd / AFP) (Photo credit should read FREDRIK LERNERYD/AFP/Getty Images)
2018 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Doctor Denis Mukwege (L) hughs US Actor Ben Affleck (R) as he prepares to leave, following a meeting, at the Panzi hospital, in Bukavu, on December 29, 2018. - Denis Mukwege is a crusading gynaecologist who has spent more than two decades treating appalling injuries inflicted on women in the DRC. (Photo by Fredrik Lerneryd / AFP) (Photo credit should read FREDRIK LERNERYD/AFP/Getty Images)
US Actor Ben Affleck (L) and 2018 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Doctor Denis Mukwege (R) speak to the press following a meeting at the Panzi hospital, in Bukavu, on December 29, 2018. - Denis Mukwege is a crusading gynaecologist who has spent more than two decades treating appalling injuries inflicted on women in the DRC. (Photo by Fredrik Lerneryd / AFP) (Photo credit should read FREDRIK LERNERYD/AFP/Getty Images)
US Actor Ben Affleck (L) and 2018 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Doctor Denis Mukwege (R) speak to the press following a meeting at the Panzi hospital, in Bukavu, on December 29, 2018. - Denis Mukwege is a crusading gynaecologist who has spent more than two decades treating appalling injuries inflicted on women in the DRC. (Photo by Fredrik Lerneryd / AFP) (Photo credit should read FREDRIK LERNERYD/AFP/Getty Images)
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