Why Ben Affleck preferred filming 'Batman v Superman' to 'Justice League'

Gregory Wakeman
Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Batman v Superman (Image by Warner Bros)

Ben Affleck has once again opened up about his time as Batman in the DC Extended Universe, admitting that he much preferred filming Batman v Superman to Justice League. 

Affleck made this admission during a recent in-depth interview with GQ about his esteemed career, and, even though the film received distinctly average reviews, the Academy Award winner still insisted, “I really loved Batman v Superman.”

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Not only did he point out that it was written by Chris Terrio, who Affleck previously collaborated with on Argo, which Terrio won an Academy Award for, but he also noted, “I really love Zack. I love putting on the costume and the idea of doing the digital alteration to the voice was really interesting to me. I had a good time.”

It was at this point that Affleck teased the various issues that blighted the production of Justice League, the most tragic of which was the death of Zack Snyder’s daughter. 

Actor Ben Affleck gestures as he speaks during a handprint and footprint ceremony for Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes, at the forecourt of the TCL Chinese Theatre, in Los Angeles, California, U.S. October 14, 2019. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

“I had a better time on Batman v Superman, which I really enjoyed doing, and Justice League was unfortunately touched by some personal tragedy — a death in Zack [Snyder]’s family. Like I say, sometimes things sort of work and gel, and sometimes you just seem to be having one problem after another.”

Affleck didn’t stop there, though, as he also broke down why he decided to depart the role of Batman after just two movies. “I had my fill of that. They said, ‘Would you want to direct and star in a solo Batman movie?’ I found that I had lost my enthusiasm or passion for it.”

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“This should really be made by somebody for whom it’s their wildest dream come true and, for me, it had become something different and it was clear to me that it was time to move on. But I do have some really fond memories, particularly of Batman v Superman, and how exciting that was. And how energizing it was and how much fun we had.”