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Ben Affleck would "absolutely not" return to DCU under James Gunn era

The actor-director, who played Batman during the Zack Snyder era, says he is "not interested" in returning to the DC Universe in this new phase.

Ben Affleck would "absolutely not" return to DCU under James Gunn era

The plan announced by James Gunn for the new DC Cinematic Universe seems to be taking shape and moving in a more forward-looking direction. The arrival of James Gunn and Peter Safran marked the end of the era that began with Zack Snyder and will soon conclude with Shazam! Fury of the Gods, The Flash, and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. With that, we will say goodbye to several, if not all, of the actors who played various superheroes in the DCU - we have already talked about the case of Herny Cavill's short-lived return - but there are some cases that could return via the director's chair.

Ben Affleck is not interested

One of those being considered is Ben Affleck, who has played Batman/Bruce Wayne since Batman v Superman and will make his final appearance in The Flash. Though known for his acting, Affleck is also an award-winning director, but he has made it clear that he will not be returning to the DCU.

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In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Affleck was asked if he would be willing to return to the DCU now that James Gunn is at the helm, to which he replied, "Absolutely not.

“I would not direct something for the [James] Gunn DC,” replied Ben Affleck. “Absolutely not. I have nothing against James Gunn. Nice guy, sure he’s going to do a great job. I just wouldn’t want to go in and direct in the way they’re doing that. I’m not interested in that.”

Ben Affleck and his experience in the DCU

Elsewhere in the interview, Affleck mentions how "miserable" he was during the filming of Justice League, something that motivated him to get out of superhero movies altogether.

“[Justice League] made me go, ‘I’m out. I never want to do any of this again. I’m not suited.’ That was the worst experience I’ve ever seen in a business which is full of some shitty experiences,” commented Affleck. “I was back at the hotel in London, it was either that or jump out the window. And I just thought, ‘This isn’t the life I want. My kids aren’t here. I’m miserable.’ You want to go to work and find something interesting to hang onto, rather than just wearing a rubber suit.”

For now, and even if Affleck doesn't return as the Dark Knight or as a director, we have two Batman movies (and two Batmans) in the future.

Source | The Hollywood Reporter


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