While everyone is slowly coming to terms with Robert Pattinson being the new Batman, fans are still curious about what went down behind the scenes that led Ben Affleck to quit the part. Just in, Affleck has done an interview with The New York Times where he opens up about his alcoholism and how he ended up leaving the DCEU.
As it turns out, the troubled production of Justice League was what led to Affleck’s loss of interest in the part of Batman—probably his whole involvement with the DCEU. He says, “I showed somebody ‘The Batman’ script… 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.’”
If you didn’t know, Affleck was originally set to direct the first Batman solo film as well, but after negative reception of BvS and Justice League, he eventually gave the job up to director Matt Reeves. Now we have Pattinson set to star, with an all new cast of characters including Andy Serkis as Alfred and Jeffrey Wright as Comissioner Gordon.
Personally, I’m still holding out that Affleck would change his mind down the line. Every one of his co-stars in Justice League is still coming back for DC, and it wouldn’t make sense if Pattinson would take his place. With Joker opening us up to a multiverse concept, I’m crossing my fingers that Affleck will have a change of heart and reprise the role of his Dark Knight in a future movie.
For now, The Batman is set for a release on June 25, 2021.