Last January, actor Ben Affleck caused stir within the DC Universe after he announced that he was retiring the cape. In 2016, word arrived that Affleck would direct and star in The Batman from a script he was working on with Geoff Johns. It would continue his debut on from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Justice League and Suicide Squad, however in 2017 he announced he would not star in the forthcoming film. Several years later and he quit involvement completely. Naturally, there were rumours as to his departure. Now, he has confirmed why he did it.
In a recent interview with the New York Times, the 47-year-old revealed that the controversial move was in fact due to his alcoholism, before reflecting on his childhood.
“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.’”
“There’s a lot of alcoholism and mental illness in my family. The legacy of that is quite powerful and sometimes hard to shake.”
Affleck was admitted to rehab in March 2018 after his ex-wife, Jennifer Garner, reportedly staged an intervention. It was just eight months after he was admitted for the same struggle with drugs.
The actor is set to star in Way Back Here, a film centred around alcoholism, to be released in early March while Robert Pattinson will now reprise the role of Batman in the forthcoming standalone film.