Matt Damon Helped Ben Affleck Quit Batman

Batman actor Ben Affleck has had quite a difficult time playing the Dark Knight over the years, and now the actor has revealed more about his decision to finally part his ways with the character. Talking to his longtime friend Matt Damon for an interview on EW, Ben Affleck reiterated how actually difficult it was to film Justice League.

How Matt Damon helped Ben Affleck

Matt Damon
Matt Damon

“I had a really nadir experience around Justice League for a lot of different reasons,” Affleck said. “Not blaming anybody, there’s a lot of things that happened. But really what it was is that I wasn’t happy. I didn’t like being there. I didn’t think it was interesting. And then some really s—ty things, awful things happened. But, that’s when I was like, I’m not going to do that anymore.”

In fact, Ben Affleck even revealed that his Good Will Hunting partner really helped him realize he needed to move on to some other projects.

“I talked to you about it and you were a principal influence on that decision,” Affleck said. “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.”

Matt Damon helped Ben Affleck
Matt Damon helped Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck has previously revealed that filming Justice League was a “very, very hard experience” that had led him to relapse in drinking, and his final decision to pull out of the Batman solo movie. The actor is all set to appear in the forthcoming Flash movie as Batman, and Affleck revealed that filming those scenes, “put a really nice finish on my experience with the character”.

Affleck donned the cowl for 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice initially, later appearing in 2017’s Justice League, and, the infamous Snyder Cut of the very same film. His appearance led to a number of internet memes, including the “Sad Batman” meme. The Flash movie will also mark his final appearance as Bruce Wayne. For more, check out the latest trailer for The Flash, which shows Michael Keaton’s Batman, who is returning for the movie.

Vasu Sharma
Vasu Sharma

Vasu Sharma is the Content Head at Animated Times, supervising the Editorial Board at Animated Times. He's 25 years old and has done his master's in journalism from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai.

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