Ben Affleck says Robert Pattinson is going to be a great Batman

Gregory Wakeman
World Premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures’ Justice League – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 13/11/2017 - Actor Ben Affleck. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Ben Affleck has heaped praise on Robert Pattinson, saying that the 33-year-old actor is going to do “great” as Batman in Matt Reeves’ upcoming take on the superhero. 

Affleck made these comments to Jake Hamilton. After being quizzed about Pattinson’s potential work as Bruce Wayne, Affleck remarked, "I think Robert's a great actor, he's going to do great."

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During the same interview, Affleck also gave some additional insight into his departure from the DC Extended Universe, admitting that he had actually written a script for a solo Batman film alongside Geoff Johns. 

However, by the time it came to making the film, Affleck admits that he had lost his passion for the franchise, which ultimately provoked him to leave behind the character and the superhero franchise. 

Actor Robert Pattinson poses at the ninth amfAR Gala Los Angeles in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., October 18, 2018. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

"It just so happened that I had done a couple of those movies, and I kind of lost my passion for it. You know what I mean? I kind of lost my passion for telling those stories.” 

“I got interested in telling stories more like this, and it just seemed like very clear to me that if it's not the most important thing in the world to you, you're not going to make a very good movie. The movie deserves to be made by someone whose dying to do it and can't wait, and that wasn't me at the time, so I moved on."

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The story that Affleck was more interested in telling was The Way Back, which sees him play a former basketball player struggling with alcoholism that takes on a job as a high school coach. 

Meanwhile, Pattinson’s Batman film, which will also star Zoe Kravitz, Paul Dano, John Turturro, Andy Serkis, and Colin Farrell, will be released on June 25, 2021.