Ben Affleck is currently receiving some well-deserved awards buzz for his close-to-the-bone performance in 2020’s The Way Back (read our ★★★★ review here) and as such has made an appearance on The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter Podcast, discussing his entire career; from his Good Will Hunting success, to the Gigli days, and his initial comeback with the Oscar snaffling Argo.
Naturally conversation moved onto his stint in the cape and cowl for Warner Bros., which will come to an end with Andy Muschietti’s upcoming The Flash movie, and it’s here that he revealed what made it “worth suffering every moment on Justice League“.
Affleck, who at one time was set to write-and-direct his own take on the Dark Knight before that evolved into Matt Reeves’s upcoming film, speaks about the much-publicised personal problems he had during Justice League, and revealed why he originally took the role.
“I did Batman because I wanted to do it for my kids,” said Affleck. “I wanted to do something that my son would dig. I mean, my kids didn’t see Argo. Zack wanted to do a version of the Frank Miller Dark Knight graphic novel series, which is a really good version of that. Unfortunately, there are a lot of reasons why things go the way they do in the movie business, and just because your face is on the poster doesn’t mean that you’re dictating all of those things — and even if you were, that they would go well… I wore the suit to my son’s birthday party, which was worth every moment of suffering on Justice League.”
Whatever your thoughts on Batfleck, or where he ranks in the weekly ‘Your favourite Bruce Wayne’ Twitter poll, you’ve got agree that that’s a pretty heroic reason. You can read the entire article and listen to the hour-long interview here, and if you do, don’t forget to let us know what you think and head to our social channels for more @FlickeringMyth…
In Justice League, fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes-Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, and The Flash-it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Justice League is directed by Zack Snyder and features Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Robin Wright as General Antiope, J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon, Amber Heard as Mera, Ciaran Hinds as Steppenwolf, Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke, Jared Leto as The Joker and Ray Porter as Darkseid.