Ben Affleck says ‘The Flash’ is his best Batman role: ‘Justice League’ left the ‘most monstrous taste in my mouth’

Ben Affleck was ready for it hang up his Caped Crusader costume until The Flash gave him the opportunity to develop as a character.

The Oscar winner revealed during a Hollywood reporter Cover story that the upcoming DC movie, directed by Ezra Miller, had him “finally figure out” how to become Batman.

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“Yes, I finally figured out how to play this character [Batman], and I met it on ‘The Flash,'” Affleck said. “For the five minutes I’m here, it is really great. A lot of it is just sound. You need to find out what’s your version of the person? Who is the type that matches what you can do? I was trying to fit into a Batman.”

He added: “And by the way, I like a lot of things we did, especially the first one [‘Batman v Superman’].”

However, as Affleck added, “The ‘Justice League’ experience, the fact that those stories kind of repeated themselves to me and became less interesting. Justice League, you could do a seminar on all the reasons why this is not the case. From the production to bad decisions to terrible personal tragedies and ending up with the most monstrous taste in my mouth.”

Original Justice League director Zack Snyder’s daughter died during filming. Snyder left the project while Joss Whedon took over and reportedly 90 percent discarded from Snyder’s film. Whedon’s finished film was badly received and the cast, including Gal Gadot and Ray Fisher, blamed Whedon be abusive on set & threatening their careers.

“There was an idea from someone [Joss Whedon] come up like, ‘I’m going to save you and we’re going to do 60 days of shooting and I’m going to write a whole thing around what you have. I have the secret,'” Affleck recalled. “And it wasn’t the secret. That was hard.”

The Good Will Hunting screenwriter admitted: “I started drinking too much. I was back at the hotel in London, either that or jump out the window. And I just thought, ‘This isn’t the life I want. My children are not here. I’m unhappy.” You want to go to work and find something interesting to hold on to instead of just wearing a rubber suit, and most of the time you just stand in front of the computer screen and say, ‘If this nuclear waste goes off, we will …” That’s fine. I don’t stoop and put it down, but I got to a point where I wasn’t finding it creatively satisfying. You’re also sweaty and exhausted. And I thought, ‘I don’t want to be a part of that in any way. And I don’t want to waste any more of my life, which I have a limited amount of.’”

Summing up the Justice League experience, Affleck said, “The brilliant thing and the silver lining is that Zack Snyder finally went to AT&T and said, ‘Look, I can get you four hours of content.’ And it’s basically just all the slow motion he shot in black and white. And a day of shooting with me and him. He said, ‘Want to come and take pictures in my backyard?’ I said, ‘I think there are unions, Zack. I think we have to make a deal.’ But I went and did it. And now [‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’] is my Top Rated Movie on IMDb. Say what you will, it’s my highest rated career film. I’ve never had that before went from low to high. retrospectively, it’s a hit. Suddenly I was being congratulated on the bombshell I’m stuck in.”

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