Ben Affleck explains why he left the role of Batman

Next-gen gadgets, bulletproof supercars and enough money to buy around the world: it would be fair to say that taking up the torch from Bruce Wayne – and, therefore, Batman – would be the dream gig from anyone.

But as new Weekly entertainment interview with Ben Affleck proves it, not all that is gold glitters. Speaking to the Hollywood entertainment publication with Matt Damon, the Oscar-winning actor opened up about the struggles he faced playing Gotham’s caped crusader in five films (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, suicide squad, Justice League, Zack Snyder’s Justice League The flash.

“I had a really nadir experience around Justice League for a lot of different reasons,” Affleck told Damon. “Without blaming anyone, a lot happened. But what it really was was that I wasn’t happy. I didn’t like being there.”

“I didn’t think it was interesting. Then really shitty things, horrible things happened. But that’s when I said to myself, I’m not going to do this again.” It was then that Affleck revealed that he had confided in a close friend about what to do once filming was done. “Actually, I talked to you [Matt Damon] about it, and you had a major influence on that decision,” he told EW.

“I want to do the things that would bring me joy. Then we went and did Last duel, and I had fun every day on this film. I was not the star, I was not likeable. I was a bad guy. I wasn’t everything I thought I was supposed to be when I started and yet it was a wonderful experience. And it was just stuff that happened that I wasn’t chasing.”

Despite his departure from the DC Universe, Affleck left a lasting impression as a capped hero and, jMuch like Christian Bale did when he donned the Batsuit, Affleck’s tenure as Gotham’s hero has seen the actor go through a brutal training regime before principal photography. Affleck worked with Hollywood trainer Magnus Lygdback to create a realistic physique for Batman’s fighting prowess and an athletic, muscular frame. “Our goals for building Ben as Batman were build, leg strength, stability,” Lygdback told Men’s health. “You know Batman wears this heavy suit all day on set, so we needed Ben to have the support he needed to wear this suit. [and] there’s a martial arts element to the film that we also wanted to capture.”

Affleck’s final outing as Batman will be in 2022 Justice League spin off the flash, the actor leaving the legacy to Robert Pattinson, who takes up the torch in Matt Reeves The Batman, which is scheduled for release in March 2022.

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