To be honest, Ben Affleck is my favourite Batman. I know he’s controversial to some and he may not be totally ripped from the comics, but what Zack Snyder did with the character was unique and enthralling (again, in my opinion).
It’s been over a year now since news dropped that Ben Affleck had left the famed DC Comics role, with Robert Pattinson set to take over for his first solo film in June 2021. Up until recently, Affleck had remained mostly silent about his time as Batman, but now he has begun opening up about his experience.
It’s no secret that Justice League had an incredibly troubled production due to Zack Snyder losing his daughter, Joss Whedon taking over, and WB implementing reshoots and creative changes. Affleck has since gone on to support the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement, and is now calling his time filming Justice League as having “one problem after another.”
Breaking down his career roles for GQ in a video posted Friday, Affleck explained why he essentially got burned out with the Caped Crusader:
“Justice League was unfortunately touched by some personal tragedy — a death in Zack’s [Synder] family. And like I say, sometimes things sort of work and gel and sometimes you seem to be having one problem after another,” Affleck said.
Affleck mentioned that he “really loved” Batman v Superman, but after Justice League, he was done.
“I had my fill of that,” he tells GQ. “They said, ‘Would you like to direct and star in a solo Batman movie?’ And I found that, at some point, I had lost my enthusiasm or passion for it. And I thought this should really be made by someone who for whom it’s their wildest dream come true. It was clear to me it was time to move on.”
It’s a tough pill to swallow, especially for those who think that Ben will come back some day, but he has clearly closed the book on that chapter of his career. For now, the famed actor looks to be returning to smaller, more personal roles, as he is currently starring in WB’s The Way Back.
Of course, if WB does release Zack Snyder’s version of Justice League… we’ll get to see Batfleck one last time…
The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson with Matt Reeves writing and directing is due in theaters June 25, 2021.