It was filming “Justice League” that made Ben Affleck want to hang up his Batman cape.
“It was really ‘Justice League’ that was the nadir for me,” Affleck, 49, told the Los Angeles Times about shooting director Zack Snyder’s 2017 film. “It was a bad experience because of a confluence of things: my own life, my divorce, being too distant, competing agendas, and then Jack’s personal tragedy. [with his daughter committing suicide during the filming] and reconstruction. It was just the worst experience ever. was terrible.”
The whole experience turned Affleck against playing the Caped Crusader. “That was everything I didn’t like about it,” he said. “That became the moment where I said, ‘I’m not doing this anymore.’ It’s not even about, like, ‘Justice League’ was so bad. Because it could have been anything.”
But ultimately, it was “Justice League” that decided to drop Affleck out of starring and directing “The Batman.” Robert Pattinson will now be apt as the Gotham City superhero in the film, which opens March 4.
“I looked at it and thought, ‘I wouldn’t be happy to do this. The person who does this must like it,'” Affleck said. “You’ve always wanted these things, and maybe I need to make it 32 or something. Would love to do But it was the point where I realized it wasn’t worth it. ,
But passing on that big payday paid personal dividends for Affleck: Instead of taking on “The Batman,” he went to rehab for alcoholism.
“It’s just a wonderful benefit of re-orienting and rearranging my priorities that once it started to become more about the experience, I felt more relaxed,” he said.
While he may regret making “Justice League,” Affleck won’t hold back from doing 2003’s much-maligned “Gigly,” in which he co-starred with his then and current girlfriend, Jennifer Lopez. Apart from being panned by critics, the film also bombed at the box office.
“But if Gigli hadn’t reacted, I probably wouldn’t have finally decided, ‘I have no choice but to direct films,’ which has become the real love of my professional life,” said Affleck. told Entertainment Weekly in a new cover story.
“So in those ways, it’s a gift. And I got to meet Jennifer, with whom my relationship has been really meaningful in my life.”