Ben Affleck explains why he dropped out of Batman

Ben Affleck opens up about his decision to leave The Batman and says he did not have the enthusiasm for the film he felt it deserved.

Ben Affleck opens up about why he chose to drop making Batman. Affleck has been playing Dark Knight since 2016 Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and would continue to repeat the role in Suicide Squad and Justice League. He was positioned to direct the first independent Batman DCEU film before suddenly dropping out in 2020.

Before being reworked for the upcoming iteration starring Robert Pattinson and directed by Matt Reeves, Affleck was originally to lead his own version of Batman for Warner Bros. He had to write, direct, produce and star in the film before leaving the project. In Affleck’s version, Batman would have faced Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke after Slade Wilson’s DCEU debut in Justice Leagues post-credit scenes. The film was also supposed to feature a climactic battle between the mercenary and Caped Crusader, who wanted to see Batgirl take part in the battle. Unfortunately, none of that was meant.


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Affleck has previously said he had lost some of his enthusiasm for the project and felt it would be better handled by someone with more passion for the franchise. Now in an interview with LA Times, Affleck offers more details about his decision to leave the project. In addition to wishing the film to be in the hands of someone who was more enthusiastic about the character and source material, he suggested that his age may also have played a role in his decision. But he seems to be happy with his choice and the freedom it gave him. Read Affleck’s full comment below:

I looked at (instruction Batman) and thought, “I’m not going to be happy doing this. The person doing this should love it.” You’re supposed to always have these things, and I would probably have loved to do that as a 32-year-old or something. But that was the point where I started to realize that it was not worth it. It’s just a wonderful benefit of reorienting and recalibrating your priorities that once it started to be more about the experience, I felt more confident.

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Fortunately, fans of Affleck’s Batman have not seen the latest for him yet. He takes the cape and cap on one last time later in the year Lightning. Affleck has gone so far as to say that his favorite scenes he has ever filmed as Batman is from Scarlet Speedster’s solo film, so there’s still plenty to be excited about. It’s hard not to imagine what could have been with Affleck’s Batman as the introduction of Batgirl would have opened the door to introduce dozens of other Bat family members into the DCEU. So far, the closest thing the audience has come was the abandoned Robin costume seen in BvS.

While there was much more to explore with Affleck’s version of Batman, the fact that he chose to walk away can be seen as proof of his reverence for the character. He felt that the project should be in the most skilled and eager hands possible and knew that they were not his. Some may be disappointed that Affleck’s Dark Knight never got his own solo film, but there is comfort in knowing that both Matt Reeves’ Batman and Affleck’s last appearance as Bruce Wayne in Lightning is just around the corner.

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Source: LA Times

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