Ben Affleck Calls Working with Joss Whedon on Justice League an ‘An Awful Experience’

The actor shares the lows he hit while working on the movie

Ben Affleck has finally broken his silence on his experience working with Joss Whedon on 2017’s Justice League.

The 49-year-old actor is starring alongside George Clooney in the latter’s latest project The Tender Bar, and spoke about his decades-long career, how the landscape of cinema has changed, and how he reached his breaking point while working alongside Joss Whedon.

A dreadful year

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The 2015-2016 period was particularly bad for Ben Affleck, and he states that it was the lowest point for him. He said that the year was bad due to multiple factors: his divorce from actress Jennifer Garner, travelling frequently, the death of Zack Snyder’s daughter Autumn, and the subsequent reshoots under Whedon.

As we compare 2021’s Zack Snyder’s Justice League with the 2017 theatrical cut, we can see the drastic changes. Ben Affleck himself was in better share for Zack’s film and had been in the middle of his tough times while working on the reshoots, and it’s evident in his appearance. He called it “the worst experience.” He added that it was awful, and was everything he didn’t like about this. This caused him to give up on his role as Batman.

Affleck was meant to direct and star in his solo Batman movie, but these circumstances left a bad taste in his mouth, and caused him to exit. This later developed into the Matt Reeves-Robert Pattinson project that is ready to come out on March this year.

Moving on

Ben and Gal Gadot with Zack Snyder
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Affleck spoke about his last outing as Batman on the upcoming The Flash movie. He said that he was able to put a proper end to his character, saying reshoots for Zack Snyder’s Justice League and The Flash “put a really nice finish on my experience with that character.”

It will be nice to see Ben Affleck return as the Caped Crusader, but for now, it’s good to see him much happier with his life.