As everyone is aware production is underway with Matt Reeves’ The Batman which will be starring Robert Pattison as The Dark Knight. But there was a time when Ben Affleck would have been attached to star in the title role, but it would’ve been directed and co-written by him as well. Affleck first played Batman in BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE and went on to appear in SUICIDE SQUAD and JUSTICE LEAGUE, but the actor never got the chance at a standalone film before he decided to step down from the role after several years of speculation.
Ben spoke with The New York Tines and opened up why he decided to step away from being The Dark Knight. While THE BATMAN was in development, Affleck’s personal life wasn’t in the best shape; not only was his marriage in the process of falling apart, but he was turning to alcohol more than ever before.
While THE BATMAN was in development, Affleck’s personal life wasn’t in the best shape; not only was his marriage in the process of falling apart, but he was turning to alcohol more than ever before.
Affleck said the following: “I drank relatively normally for a long time. What happened was that I started drinking more and more when my marriage was falling apart. This was 2015, 2016. My drinking, of course, created more marital problems.”
The troubled production of JUSTICE LEAGUE certainly didn’t help matters, and the resulting reshoots apparently sapped Ben Affleck’s interest in continuing in the role. After showing the script for THE BATMAN to a friend, they cautioned Affleck against returning to the role for the sake of his health. “I showed somebody ‘The Batman’ script,” Affleck said. “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.'” While I certainly would have liked to have seen Affleck get a proper outing as the Dark Knight, I can’t fault him for stepping down to concentrate on his health. No project is worth killing yourself over.
THE BATMAN is already slated for a June 25, 2021 release, and we’ll soon be seeing Ben Affleck in THE WAY BACK on March 6, 2020.