After Christian Bale’s The Dark Knight trilogy, Ben Affleck was cast as the Caped Crusader. But following the box office and critical disappointments of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, the star hung up his cape. Originally, Affleck was set to write, direct and star in his very own solo movie nicknamed The Batman.
However, the film did not come to pass and instead Matt Reeves was given the task of rebooting Batman for Warner Bros once again.
Robert Pattinson has since been cast as the new Bruce Wayne in the upcoming movie, which is released next year.
Speaking with The New York Times, Affleck said: “I showed somebody The Batman script.
“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.’”
Affleck has been open about his struggle with alcoholism, having been to rehab three times and clearly didn’t want to risk his sobriety.
Meanwhile, the outlet also noted that Justice League’s “troubled shoot…had sapped his interest.”
Last year, former Batman Christian Bale gave Pattinson a major warning ahead of taking over from Affleck.
Speaking with Variety, Bale said: “Good choice! He’s interesting.”
Asked what advice he’d give he said: “Oh, same as Ben [Affleck], just be able to pee by yourself.”
Pattinson’s Batman suit has a huge jawline and Batwing symbol without the head.
This is the first major franchise the 33-year-old has starred in since Twilight, having focused on edgier independent films like The Lighthouse in recent years.
It’s rumoured this version of the Dark Knight will go back to his detective roots.