Ben Affleck Is Done Playing Batman and You Won’t Believe the Reason Behind His Decision
There are a handful of actors who can give life to iconic superheroes so effectively that it is impossible to separate them from their characters. Can you think of a better star to play Iron Man better than Robert Downey Jr.; Captain America than Chris Evans; or Wolverine than Hugh Jackman?
There are franchises star different actors for a single superhero role, making it usually difficult for the audience to grasp. That path is where the Batman installments are heading as it was recently announced that Twilight star Robert Pattinson will be the next Caped Crusader.
Of course, this left more raised eyebrows than applause precisely because of the 18 months that were filled with speculations. Ben Affleck, who played Batman in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad in 2016, and Justice League in the following year, made the wait all the more excruciating because he didn’t immediately reveal if he was indeed being replaced by the younger actor.
After Robert was finally revealed to be the next actor to take on the next Batman film, which will be directed by Matt Reeves, Ben has broken his silence and confirmed that he is, indeed, hanging his cape up. Everyone wondered why he had chosen to do so when he had just done three movies sporting the costume.
Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the Argo actor shared that he found it hard to develop his version of the iconic character and despite his efforts, he failed and so he decided to pass it on to another celebrity who can also breathe a new life to the superhero.
In another interview, the 47-year-old thespian bared that his drinking and marital problems – he has been vocal about his regrets of splitting with his ex-wife, Jennifer Garner, who has been instrumental in his recovery — contributed to his decision to step down from playing Batman.
Ben also gave out a different answer in another interview, explaining he didn’t have it in him to continue shooting blockbuster films. Elaborating on the matter, he said he didn’t find that the Batman franchise fun to do because it is compartmentalized.
As such, he feels that the superhero should be played by someone who really saw the opportunity as a lifelong passion, which means he was more than ready to give way to Robert, who will be the sixth to play Bruce Wayne.
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