Ben Affleck portrayed Batman in three films: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, and Justice League, and was on track to write, direct, and star in The Batman before exiting all three jobs successively. Now, speaking candidly to the New York Times, Affleck has opened up about his departure from both the film and the role of Batman blaming both on the toll the role took on his health.
“I showed somebody The Batman script,” Affleck told the Times, explaining why he left the film. “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 through again'."
Throughout the interview, Affleck discusses his struggles with his health through alcohol abuse, which began during his separation from ex-wife Jennifer Garner, and which the Times states was exacerbated by the physically and emotionally difficult process of shooting Batman v Superman and the famously embattled Justice League.
Affleck announced his departure from the role of Batman in January, 2019, following handing over writer/director duties for The Batman to Matt Reeves. Robert Pattinson was subsequently cast as a new version of the character , not related to the continuity of Affleck's Batman.
The Batman is in production for a June 25, 2021 theatrical release.