The Real Reason Ben Affleck Left ‘The Batman’

There’s been so much speculation surrounding Ben Affleck’s exit from the upcoming superhero film The Batman that it’s hard to tell what’s what.

The Argo actor was supposed to direct and star in the movie but passed, giving up his director’s chair to Matt Reeves and allowing Robert Pattinson to take over as Bruce Wayne.

Following months of silence regarding his departure, Affleck has finally emerged and provided a clear answer on what led to him turning down the gig. Here’s the real reason Ben Affleck left The Batman.

Ben Affleck at an event in 2019
Ben Affleck at an event in 2019 | Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images

Ben Affleck opened up in a new interview

Speaking to The New York Times in an interview published on Feb. 18, Affleck shared the reason he will not appear in the upcoming film after appearing as the caped crusader in both Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Justice League (2017).

He said that someone cautioned him against doing the film, citing potential health problems.

“I showed somebody The Batman script,” Affleck explained. “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.'”

Ben Affleck detailed his relationship with alcohol

He went on to talk about his alcohol issues, which spiked following his 2015 split from Jennifer Garner. Affleck admitted that he used to drink normal amounts of alcohol but said his drinking spired out of control amid problems with the 13 Going on 30 actress. They officially divorced in 2018 after 13 years of marriage.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner on the red carpet in 2014
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner on the red carpet in 2014 | David Livingston/Getty Images

“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,” Affleck continued.

“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,” he added.

But he’s been trying to get a grip on his issues and doesn’t want to spend too much time dwelling on the past.

“It’s not particularly healthy for me to obsess over the failures — the relapses — and beat myself up,” Affleck continued. “I have certainly made mistakes. I have certainly done things that I regret. But you’ve got to pick yourself up, learn from it, learn some more, try to move forward.”

What to know about Ben Affleck’s upcoming movies

He may not be appearing in the 2021 film, but Affleck has a lot more in store for his fans. He is set to star in a psychological thriller Deep Water, which comes out in November and sees him play a husband who becomes a suspect in the disappearances of his wife’s lovers.

Affleck will also appear March’s The Way Back, a film about a man who struggles with alcoholism — and more. So keep your eyes open. There’s clearly a lot more to come.