Ben Affleck says he wore his Batman costume to his son’s birthday party and that the moment made “every moment of suffering on Justice League” worthwhile.
The 48-year-old star played the DCEU’s Caped Crusader in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and its 2017 sequel Justice League, alongside a brief cameo in Suicide Squad.
Affleck told The Hollywood Reporter that his children were the reason he took on the job.
“I did Batman because I wanted to do it for my kids,” he said. “I wanted to do something that my son would dig. I mean, my kids didn't see Argo.”
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All three of Affleck’s appearances in the iconic Batsuit were in films that received savage reviews from critics, though many did single out the star’s work for praise.
For the star, it was all worth it thanks to what he was able to do for his children.
“I wore the suit to my son's birthday party, which was worth every moment of suffering on Justice League,” he said.
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Affleck added: “Unfortunately, there are a lot of reasons why things go the way they do in the movie business, and just because your face is on the poster doesn't mean that you're dictating all of those things — and even if you were, that they would go well.”
The star will get something of a second bite at the cherry when HBO Max releases original director Zack Snyder’s preferred cut of Justice League as a four-hour miniseries this year.
Affleck participated in reshoots for the Justice League recut, and is also due to reprise his Batman role as one of several Bruce Waynes appearing in the upcoming Flashpoint movie.
This is despite the fact Robert Pattinson is taking over the cowl for Matt Reeves’s The Batman, which is currently shooting.
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Affleck had originally intended to write and direct The Batman with himself as the star, but eventually stepped back from his creative roles and was subsequently replaced in the lead part.
Joe Manganiello, who was cast as Deathstroke in the movie, has said Affleck’s story was “really cool, really dark and really hard”, focusing on the villain’s attempts to destroy Batman’s life.
The Batman is currently due to be released in March 2022.
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