Ben Affleck played Batman in two films, Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, but you would be forgiven for feeling like it was more. It was all mostly just to get him in the director's chair for his own Batman film, especially since when he put on the cowl Ben Affleck was one of the hottest actor/directors in Hollywood again. We will never see what that film would look like however. After a long period of development, Affleck gave up the director's chair on the project in February 2017, and shortly after new director Matt Reeves announced he was not using the Affleck script. Then , almost inevitably, he left the role completely on January 30th, 2019, citing a not-so-fun time making Justice League. Robert Pattinson is the next man up.
Turns out, Ben Affleck showed some people his Batman script. In a new profile on with the New York Times, he admits that they said it would be a bad idea for him to try and film it:
"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 though again."
Affleck has struggled with addiction and alcohol abuse for years. Around the time of all this, his alcohol abuse was taking a huge toll on his personal and professional life, which ultimately led to his divorce from Jennifer Garner. They have three children together. In the same interview, Ben Affleck says the divorce is the great regret of his life. Head over to The New York Times and read the whole profile.
I would have personally loved to see his Batman film, as I very much enjoyed his version of The Dark Knight. But health and happiness come first, and hopefully this time he can stay clean and enjoy his career and family. His next film, The Way Back, opens on March 6th.
First seen in The New York Times