Although Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice did extremely well at the box office, there are people in the world who haven't seen Ben Affleck's Batman in action yet. One of those people is George Clooney. The former Batman & Robin actor recently revealed that he hasn't gotten out to see director Zack Snyder's take on the character, yet. Here's his exact comment from CinemaCon.
I haven't seen it, you know? Because I feel like Batman died with me. As you can imagine, don't you guys feel the same way? Let me just point this out, I wore a rubber suit and giant rubber nipples, and I still have a career.
As someone who goes to see nearly every single superhero movie while it is still in theaters (may not have seen Ant-Man in theaters, no judging), it's hard to imagine someone playing a major superhero and not bothering to check out the competition at some point. But George Clooney has taken a lot of flack for his short run as Batman, and he's taken even more flack for the rubber nipples on the costume he wore in Batman & Robin, to the point where he kind-of can't help himself and has brought them up again and again. With all of this in mind, it's easy to see why he feels "Batman died" with him. There's nothing else really left to talk about in regards to that character, at least for him, but he does seem to be acknowledging to ComicBook.com that even if a Batman iteration doesn't go well, the actor playing the character can and will survive what comes after.
I'd also assume it must suck a bit to be the dude who came before Christian Bale's Batman and Ben Affleck's Batman. Sure Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice wasn't given super high praise, but a lot of people do seem to genuinely like Ben Affleck's version of the Caped Crusader. Whether or not they like the character, Batfleck will live on, as he's set to star in the upcoming Justice League movie, along with a slew of other DC characters.
Playing a superhero is always a bit of a gamble, and used to be an even bigger gamble, as Ben Affleck can attest to, thanks to his earlier portrayal of Daredevil. Thankfully, the studios are sinking a lot more money into superhero ventures these days. So even when the writing or editing is a mess on this films, the characters, costumes and visuals are way more fleshed out and exciting. Even when superhero movies have problems, the genre has come a long way, indeed, from the days of Batman & Robin and we can't wait to see what Wonder Woman and then Justice League have coming up.