A Friend Told Ben Affleck He’d 'Drink Himself to Death' If He Did ‘The Batman’

After officially dropping the role of Batman last year and leaving the DC Extended Universe behind, Ben Affleck is finally revealing the events that led to his departure. In a new in-depth interview in The New York Times, Affleck said that the end of his marriage with Jennifer Garner led to increased drinking and a troubled time shooting Justice League—so troubled that a friend advised him against returning to the role for The Batman.

“I showed somebody The Batman script,” he said in the Times interview. “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 though again.”

Affleck, who played Batman in Batman v Superman, Justice League, and briefly in Suicide Squad, was originally set to both direct and star in The Batman, but the movie went through several delays, with Matt Reeves eventually taking over directing but Affleck still connected to star. It wasn’t until last January, though, that the speculation finally came to an end and Affleck officially announced his departure from the film (and the franchise).

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