Matt Damon Talked Ben Affleck Into Quitting Batman

Matt Damon Talked Ben Affleck Into Quitting Batman

While some are still hoping that Ben Affleck would come back as Batman after The Flash, the actor has been adamant that he is officially quitting the role. Though a lot of fans are clearly disappointed with the decision, Affleck explained that it was fellow Good Will Hunting co-star Matt Damon that helped him quit the part.

Taking to Damon for Entertainment Weekly, Affleck explained:

“In fact, I talked to you about it and you [Damon] were a principal influence on that decision… 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 movie. I wasn’t the star, I wasn’t likable. I was a villain. I wasn’t all the things I thought I was supposed to be when I started out and yet it was a wonderful experience. And it was all just stuff that came along that I wasn’t chasing.”

Though Affleck was initially enthusiastic about the direction that Zack Snyder was going to take Batman, he explains that his experience was ultimately soured by what happened behind-the-scenes with Justice League. “I didn’t like being there. I didn’t think it was interesting. And then some really shitty things, awful things happened. But, that’s when I was like, I’m not going to do that anymore,” said Affleck.

It is sad to see Affleck leave, but seeing as the DCEU is kind of a mess right now, it would make sense that he would no longer want to be a part of it. Though some are still holding on to #RestoreTheSnyderVerse, I think the healthy thing to do for everyone is let the idea go and just see where WB runs with the ball. Then again, #ReleaseTheSnyderCut still happened, so maybe the studio can come up with some kind of compromise that isn’t a restoration of the original plans; at least keep actors like Henry Cavill around for a Man of Steel sequel.

For now, Affleck will have one final run as Batman in The Flash which hits theaters on Nov. 4.

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