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Entertainment Ben Affleck Gets Candid About His 'The Batman' Exit

00:48  19 february  2020
00:48  19 february  2020 Source:   hollywoodreporter.com

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On Jan. 30, 2019, Ben Affleck confirmed he was retiring as Batman , a move that ended nearly 18 months of speculation about his future as The Dark Knight, and which paved the way for Robert Pattinson to step into the role for Matt Reeves' The Batman .

Image caption Ben Affleck reprises his role as Batman in Justice League, which sees him team up with heroes including The Flash, Superman, Cyborg, Wonder Woman Affleck also addressed reports that Warner Bros was working on plans to "usher out" his Batman gracefully as he is getting too old.

Ben Affleck wearing a suit and tie © Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images

On Jan. 30, 2019, Ben Affleck confirmed he was retiring as Batman, a move that ended nearly 18 months of speculation about his future as The Dark Knight, and which paved the way for Robert Pattinson to step into the role for Matt Reeves' The Batman.

Now, in a revealing interview with the New York Times Affleck explains his reasons for leaving the project, which at one point he was going to direct and star in. The Times profile notes Affleck's struggles with alcoholism, his split form his ex-wife Jennifer Garner, and the troubles he had shooting and promoting 2017's Justice League all came to a head.

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Ben Affleck 's version of Batman may very well be done in the DCEU following his appearance in Justice League. The star, at one point, was attached to co-write, direct and star in The Batman , the upcoming solo movie centered on DC's Dark Knight, but those days have long since passed.

“Extra’s” Jerry Penacoli spoke with Ben Affleck at the premiere of “Triple Frontier,” where he confirmed that he’s stepping away from his role as Batman .

“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.'"

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Filmmaker Zack Snyder cast Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman in August 2013 for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Affleck also briefly played the character in 2016's Suicide Squad, and long had plans to write and direct The Batman. But even before Justice League opened to muted results in November 2017, cracks were beginning to show in Affleck's future as the Dark Knight. In February 2017, Reeves boarded as director, and by July the filmmaker had noted he had dropped Affleck's script.

Affleck has moved on from the role, and next will be seen in the sports drama The Way Back, in which he plays a high school basketball coach struggling with alcoholism. As for The Batman, Reeves recently showed off the first look at Pattinson in the role for the film, which opens in 2021.

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