Justice League star Ben Affleck, who reprised the role of Batman in Zack Snyder's version of the film, has said that 2017’s Justice League helmed by Joss Whedon was “the nadir” of his career.
According to an interview in The Times, the actor, while self-reflecting the period of his life, recalled, “It was really Justice League that was the nadir for me. That was a bad experience because of a confluence of things: my own life, my divorce, being away too much, the competing agendas and then Zack’s personal tragedy and the reshooting. It just was the worst experience. It was awful. It was everything that I didn’t like about this.”
“That became the moment where I said, ‘I’m not doing this anymore.’ It’s not even about, like, Justice League was so bad. Because it could have been anything.” - he further added.
The actor, in a conversation with GQ, mentioned how he “really loved” portraying the superhero in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice back in March 2020. But the franchise saw “one problem after another” and led him to feel burned out on the character.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, in July 2020, Justice League co-star Ray Fisher alleged that Whedon had been abusive during the film’s shoot. The actor also claimed that producers Geoff Johns and Jon Berg enabled Whedon’s alleged actions. Whedon, Johns and Berg did not comment at the time. After an investigation, Warner Bros. announced in December 2020 that “remedial action” had been taken, although the studio did not provide further specifics.
Ben Affleck also mentioned why he dropped out of The Batman, later taken over by Matt Reeves and Robert Pattinson, and shied away from directing it. “I looked at it and thought, ‘I’m not going to be happy doing this. The person who does this should love it.” said the actor.
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