Ben Affleck hammers a nail in the coffin of his DC tenure once and for all, including being barred from directing an upcoming DC film under the new regime, directed by James Gunn and Peter Safran.
“I wouldn’t direct anything [James] Gunn DC. Absolutely not,” said the “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice star told THR. “I have nothing against James Gunn. Nice guy, sure he will do a great job. I just wouldn’t want to go in there and conduct like they do. I’m not interested.”
The Oscar-winning ‘Argo’ filmmaker was set to direct his own ‘Batman’ film for a few years after landing the on-camera role of the Caped Crusader for Zack Snyder. But he eventually left that project altogether when Matt Reeves stepped in and relaunched the property, starring Robert Pattinson.
In December, said Gunn he and Safran caught up with Affleck to talk about the collaboration, saying, “We want him to direct; we just have to find the right project.” Unfortunately, Affleck doesn’t seem interested in revisiting the DC Universe in any shape or form.
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Affleck, whose next directing effort is character drama Air, in which he stars alongside Matt Damon, told THR that producing Justice League convinced him to retire from directing a Batman film.
“I wanted to direct Batman, and [‘Justice League’] let me go, ‘I’m out. I never want to do anything like that again. I’m not eligible.” That was the worst experience I’ve ever seen in a store that’s full of crappy experiences. It broke my heart. There was an idea from someone [Joss Whedon] come up like, ‘I’m going to save you and we’re going to do 60 days of shooting and I’m going to write a whole thing around what you have. I have the secret.’ And that wasn’t the secret. That was hard. And I started drinking too much. I was back at the hotel in London, either that or jump out the window. And I just thought, ‘This isn’t the life I want. My children are not here. I am unhappy.'”
Snyder directed the filming of Justice League before retiring from post-production after his daughter committed suicide. Whedon, who had already been on the project to write new scenes for reshoots, was then hired to direct the additional photography. The resulting superhero team-up film was a smash with critics and audiences alike when it premiered in 2017.
But Affleck had praise for the film’s four-hour “Snyder Cut,” which released four years later on HBO Max.
“You could do a seminar on all the reasons why you shouldn’t do it that way. That ranges from production to bad decisions to horrific personal tragedy and ends with the most monstrous taste in my mouth,” Affleck said. “The genius and silver lining is that Zack Snyder finally went to AT&T and said, ‘Look, I can get you four hours of content.'”
Affleck noted that “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” was the highest rated movie on his IMDb. Despite this, he has no interest in revisiting the superhero genre. Life is too short.
“You want to go to work and find something interesting to hold on to instead of just wearing a rubber suit, and most of the time you’re just standing in front of the computer screen and you’re like, ‘If this nuclear waste blows up, we’re going to…’ That’s in.” Order. I’m not dismissing it or belittling it, but I got to a point where I wasn’t finding it creatively satisfying,” he said of his decision to step down. “You’re also sweaty and exhausted. And I thought, ‘I don’t want to be a part of that in any way. And I don’t want to waste any more of my life, which I have a limited amount of.’”
Affleck has one last goodbye as Batman in the upcoming DC movie The Flash, for which he says he’s finally figured out how to play the character. This film hits theaters in June.
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