Ben Affleck is coming clean about one thing – the reason for his surprising departure from the DC Extended Universe in early 2019.
The 47-year-old actor admitted that it wasn’t the script, like he said before (in his own words, he “couldn’t crack it”), but because he had his own personal demons to deal with.
Many felt the Zack Snyder phase of DCEU – namely “Batman V Superman” and “Justice League” – was a hot mess. Despite critics shredding those superhero flicks to bits, Affleck was praised for his portrayal as the caped crusader. He had even signed on to write and direct “The Batman”.
Ultimately, it was a combination of things that resulted in him abandoning the role of Bruce Wayne – alcoholism, divorce from then-wife Jennifer Garner, poor critical reviews, and disappointing box office receipts.
In speaking with The New York Times, the actor recalled, “I showed somebody The Batman script. They said, ‘I think the script is good. I also think you’ll drink yourself to death if you go through what you just went through again’.”
So while the quality of the previous script for “The Batman” wasn’t the issue, his personal well-being was hanging by a thread. Rather than risk falling into a deeper dark hole, the Oscar winner decided to call it a day as Batman instead of reprising the role for the 4th time.
The superhero eventually went to Robert Pattinson (going from vampire to bat).
Source: Cinema Blend.