This is why Ben Affleck hung up his Batman superhero cape - The Sauce
Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Lifestyle

This is why Ben Affleck hung up his Batman superhero cape

Ben Affleck dropped out of ‘The Batman’ after a friend warned him that making the movie would turn him to alcohol.

The 47-year-old actor played the Caped Crusader in three films in the DC Extended Universe but after initially agreeing to write, direct and star in a standalone adventure he walked away from the project in January 2019 and hung up his superhero suit.

Matt Reeves will now direct the next Batman movie from a script he has co-written with Mattson Tomlin and Robert Pattinson will star as The Dark Knight.

Affleck has now revealed that a troubled shoot for ‘Justice League’ and some honest advice from a close friend about what the pressures of the movie could have own his wellbeing motivated him to walk away from the project.

In an interview with the New York Times newspaper, Affleck explained: “I showed somebody ‘The Batman’ script. 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.” ‘

Affleck admitted that he previously “drank relatively normally” before things got out-of-control as his 13-year marriage to Jennifer Garner collapsed.

He said: “I drank relatively normally for a long time. What happened was that I started drinking more and more when my marriage was falling apart.

“You’re trying to make yourself feel better with eating or drinking or sex or gambling or shopping or whatever. But that ends up making your life worse. Then you do more of it to make that discomfort go away. Then the real pain starts. It becomes a vicious cycle you can’t break. That’s at least what happened to me.”

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

The Oscar-winning star admits that his own personal life had a hand in his decision to star in his next film ‘The Way Back’, in which he plays a widowed ex-basketball All-Star who struggles with addiction and attempts a comeback by becoming the coach of a high school basketball team at his alma mater.

The movie, which will be released next month, is directed Gavin O’Connor, who also wrote the script alongside Brad Inglesby.

Talking about his motivation for taking on the part, Affleck said: “I’ve never been risk-averse – for better or worse, obviously. Regarding ‘The Way Back’, the benefits, to me, far outweighed the risks. I found it very therapeutic.”

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Some More Sauce...

Entertainment

Popular media personality and entrepreneur Betty Kyallo has addressed reports circulating about her business, Flair by Betty, facing potential auctioning. Taking to Instagram, the...

Entertainment

Aoki Lee Simmons is feeling “depresso espresso”. The 21-year-old model – who is the youngest daughter of model and mogul Kimora Lee Simmons and...

Da Squeeze

Sunday, April 7 saw first edition of Blankets & Wine this year, with a promising lineup of acts and good music to boot. As...

Entertainment

Rihanna would love to have a baby girl. The chart-topping star already has two boys – RZA and Riot – with A$AP Rocky, and...

News

OJ Simpson’s infamous memoir title was changed by Ron Goldman’s family to make it look as if he was admitting to his murder. The...

News

Google searches about “sore eyes” spiked during the solar eclipse that transfixed North America. Millions of people in the US, Canada and Mexico looked...

Entertainment

Vick Hope gets her “fix” of Taylor Swift when husband Calvin Harris goes away. The 34-year-old presenter is a fan of the ‘Karma’ singer...

Entertainment

Couples who drink alcohol together live longer. A study has revealed that people in a relationship where both parties booze typically have longer lives...