While doing press for his new film The Way Back, Ben Affleck has been asked to reflect on his time as Warner Bros.' Batman , and he recently shared some more thoughts with GQ magazine.
The actor told the 'gentlemen's' magazine he had a "better time" playing Bruce Wayne and Batman in 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice than in 2017's Justice League.
"Justice League [clears throat] ... sometimes things kind of work and gel and sometimes you just seem to be having one problem after another," Affleck reveals. He also reflects on the personal tragedies that occurred during its production, specifically a death in director Zack Snyder's family.
"I don't think I realized how iconic the character was until I took the job and that was a big story," he says of originally taking the role for BvS. "It happened at the time when the internet was expanding into the movie business in kind of a different way ... the fan sites and the relationship with the fans and the studios and the comic book creators and stuff was changing and evolving."
The actor says was excited for Snyder's take Batman and he really loved putting on the costume and "the idea of doing the digital alternation of the voice was really interesting to me."
But Justice League took its toll.
"I had my fill of that," Affleck confesses. "They said, 'Would you like to direct and star in a solo Batman movie?' And I found that, at some point, I had lost my enthusiasm or passion for it. And I thought this should really be made by someone who for whom it's their wildest dream come true. It was clear to me it was time to move on."
Affleck announced he was leaving the project and the role in January 2019.
Warner Bros.' answer to his decision, The Batman, written and directed by Matt Reeves and starring Robert Pattinson, opens in theaters June 25, 2021.
You can check out Affleck's full comments in the GQ video below at the 18:19 mark: