Affleck Reflects On ‘Awful’ “Justice League”

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Ben Affleck recently indicated he was “done” with roles in major IP and franchise fare. It comes as no surprise as the actor has spent a good portion of the past decade playing Bruce Wayne/Batman.

Affleck first took on the role in Zack Snyder’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” and played it across several others with his final appearance in the part being a cameo in Andy Muschietti’s “The Flash” due out later this year.

At one time he was heavily involved and keen to do more with the character though, including potentially writing and directing a Batman film that he would star in.

Doing promotional rounds for the drama “The Tender Bar,” the actor spoke with The Los Angeles Times and explained that Joss Whedon’s reshoots for “Justice League” combined with some personal struggles soured him on the role:

“[It was] the nadir for me. That was a bad experience because of a confluence of things: my own life, my divorce, being away too much, the competing agendas and then [director] Zack [Snyder]’s personal tragedy and the reshooting.

It just was the worst experience. It was awful. It was everything that I didn’t like about this. That became the moment where I said, ‘I’m not doing this anymore. It’s not even about, like, ‘Justice League’ was so bad. Because it could have been anything.”

That’s a complete contrast to his work in “The Flash” as he tells The Herald Sun that the film:

“Put a really nice finish on my experience with that character…. maybe my favorite scenes in terms of Batman and the interpretation of Batman that I have done were in the Flash movie. I hope they maintain the integrity of what we did because I thought it was great and really interesting – different, but not in a way that is incongruent with the character.

Who knows? Maybe they will decide that it doesn’t work, but when I went and did it, it was really fun and really, really satisfying and encouraging, and I thought, ‘Wow – I think I have finally figured it out.’”

Affleck’s exit opened the door for Robert Pattinson to take on the role on the big screen in Matt Reeves’ upcoming “The Batman” film which opens in March. Meanwhile, Michael Keaton will also return to the role of Batman in “The Flash” film which is due around year’s end.

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