Ben Affleck on the ‘awful’ experience of making ‘Justice League’

It was on the set of “Justice League” that Ben Affleck wanted to hang up his Batman cape.

“It really was the ‘Justice League’ that was the nadir for me,” Affleck, 49, told the Los Angeles Times of the filming of director Zack Snyder’s movie in 2017. “It was a bad experience because of it. a confluence of things: my own life, my divorce, being too far away, competing agendas, then Zack’s personal tragedy [with his daughter committing suicide during the filming] and the resumption of fire. It was just the worst experience. It was horrible.”

The whole experience turned Affleck against playing the Caped Crusader. “It was everything I didn’t like about it,” he said. “It became the moment when I said, ‘I don’t do that anymore. It’s not even about, like ‘Justice League’ is so bad. Because it could have been anything.

Ben Affleck greets a Batman fan at the 2017 “Justice League” premiere.
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But ultimately, it was “Justice League” that prompted Affleck to give up starring and directing “The Batman”. Robert Pattinson will now play the Gotham City superhero in the film, which premieres March 4.

“I looked at him and thought, ‘I’m not going to be happy doing this. The person doing this should like it, ”Affleck said. “You’re supposed to always want these things, and I probably would have loved to do it at 32 or something. But that’s when I started to realize it wasn’t worth it. sadness.

Ezra Miller, Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot in "Justice League"
Ben Affleck co-starred with Ezra Miller (The Flash) and Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) in “Justice League”.

But passing on that big salary paid personal dividends for Affleck: instead of facing “The Batman,” he went to drug rehab for alcoholism.

“It’s just a wonderful benefit to redirect and recalibrate your priorities that once it started to be more experience-oriented, I felt more comfortable,” he said.

While he may regret making “Justice League,” Affleck didn’t want to reprise the much-maligned 2003 “Gigli”, in which he co-starred with his then and current girlfriend, Jennifer Lopez. . As well as being critically criticized, the film also hit the box office.

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck in "Gigli"
Ben Affleck co-starred with his then and current girlfriend Jennifer Lopez in “Gigli” in 2003.
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“But if the reaction to Gigli hadn’t happened, I probably wouldn’t have decided in the end, ‘I really don’t have any other option but to make films’, which turned out to be the real thing. love of my professional life, ”Affleck told Entertainment Weekly in a new cover story.

“So that way it’s a gift. And I met Jennifer, the relationship that I’ve had a lot of meaning with in my life. “

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