Ben Affleck, who has portrayed Bruce Waye/Batman in the DC Extended Universe, explained why he pulled out of starring in and directing The Batman.
When asked about the mounting pressure and personal issues he faced and how his priorities changed, Affleck replied in an interview with The LA Times, "Directing [The] Batman is a good example. I looked at it and thought, 'I'm not going to be happy doing this. The person who does this should love it.' You're supposed to always want these things, and I probably would have loved doing it at 32 or something."
Age and experience led Affleck to the "point where I started to realize it's not worth it. It's just a wonderful benefit of reorienting and recalibrating your priorities that once it started being more about the experience, I felt more at ease."
Affleck has been vocal about how he had the "worst experience" filming Justice League and how it came at a time when the pressure was too much. "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," Affleck explained, referring to the tragic death of Snyder's daughter. "It was awful. It was everything that I didn't like about this."
Although Affleck passed on The Batman, he will be stepping into the batsuit one more time in the upcoming Flash movie. The movie stars Ezra Miller in the title role as Barry Allen and will be part of the DCEU, unlike The Batman. Now directed by Matt Reeves and starring Robert Pattinson as the Dark Kight, The Batman will now stand on its own outside of the DCEU.
The Flash director Andy Muschietti has stated that Affleck's Bruce Wayne will be "a very substantial part of the emotional impact of [The Flash.]" Muschietti also highlighted how important the relationship between Miller's Allen and Affleck's Wayne will be, saying, "their characters are more related than we think. They both lost their mothers to murder, and that's one of the emotional vessels of the movie. That's where the Affleck Batman kicks in."
After first appearing as Batman in 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and then reprising the role for Suicide Squad and Justice League, Affleck feels that The Flash is his best work as the Dark Knight. "I have never said this -- this is hot off the presses -- but maybe my favorite scenes in terms of Batman and the interpretation of Batman that I have done, were in the Flash movie," he said.
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Source: The LA Times
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