In a recent interview with the LA Times, Affleck, currently starring alongside George Clooney in The Tender Bar, discussed his decades-long career, the changing landscape of cinema, and how starring in Joss Whedon’s Justice League took him to his breaking point.
“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 (Snyder’s daughter Autumn died by suicide in 2017) and the reshooting.”
“It just was the worst experience. It was awful. It was everything that I didn’t like about this. 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,”
In a separate interview, the actor told The Herald Sun that filming scenes for The Flash:
“put a really nice finish on my experience with that character”
Affleck was also positive about his final appearance:
“I have never said this – this is hot off the presses – but maybe my favourite scenes in terms of Batman and the interpretation of Batman that I have done, were in The Flash movie,”
“I hope they maintain the integrity of what we did because I thought it was great and really interesting – different, but not in a way that is incongruent with the character.”
Affleck, however, isn’t sure whether the scenes will make the final cut. He added:
“Who knows? Maybe they will decide that it doesn’t work, but when I went and did it, it was really fun and really, really satisfying and encouraging and I thought, ‘Wow – I think I have finally figured it out.’”
After playing Bruce Wayne in both Justice League and Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn Of Justice opposite Henry Cavill, Affleck was set to both direct and star in the stand-alone film The Batman. He stepped away from the project entirely in 2019.
A new film of the same name is expected to release in March 2022, with Robert Pattinson in the title role.