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The development of 2017 (and later 2021) Justice League is one of the best documented mess of a movie in recent history, and its stars are still feeling the impact years later. Ray Fisher’s spoke most about his time working on the film, but this weekend Ben Affleck is in the spotlight for his words on the troubled film.
Affleck, in conversation with the LA Times, was asked about his short-lived rocky time as Batman beginning with 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. At the time, it was reported that the 49-year-old actor would also star, write and direct a solo Batman film that would eventually Grow up to the batter. But it was his alcohol addiction and realizing where his life was going that made him stop seeking treatment. “I’ve looked at it” [Batman] and thought, ‘I’m not going to be happy about this. The person doing this must love it,” Affleck recalls. “I probably would have loved to do it when I was 32 or something. But it was the point where I started to realize it wasn’t worth it.”
The actor spoke quite candidly and continued to talk about how Justice League in particular was what he considered “the low point” of his career. With everything going on at the time – his divorce, the “competitive agendas” at Warner Bros. and the death of director Zack Snyder’s daughter, Autumn – working on the film was just torture. Describing it as “everything I didn’t like about this”, he knew this was the moment when he had to leave Batman completely, but also added that at that point in his life everything could have confused him . “It’s not even about, like, Justice League was that bad. Because it could have been anything.” As bleak as it sounds to Affleck, there’s somewhat of a happy ending here: He’s returning to the character for November’s Flash movie, and it sounds like he had fun with his repetition of the character before pacing him.
With Batman behind him, Affleck is refocusing on pursuing projects he really wants to do, like last year’s The Last Duel. Although the film underperformed financially, his performance as Count Pierre d’Alençon was something he liked to do, and many viewers enjoyed watching. “I really loved the movie!… I was disappointed that more people didn’t see it, but I can’t chase what’s going to be cool.” That realization that he has to stick to his guns is what he thinks will be better for any future actor and the industry in general. “I’m not concerned with notions of success or failure about money or commercial success, because those things really spoil your choices. What happens then is that the movies are less interesting and you are less good.”
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