At least one of Batman’s aliases has declared his intention to retire the cowl. Ben Affleck did not specifically discuss his position as the Caped Crusader in an interview with The Playlist; but, he did speak generally about losing interest in the DC Extended Universe and making movies based on already developed intellectual property, also known as IP.
He explains, “I don’t want to produce intellectual property movies, where you have this sort of built-in audience.” “At one time, I was interested in something and enjoyed it, but nowadays, I just have lost interest in it. It makes me happy to see it in other individuals. And if you are going to do it, you ought to like it while you are doing it. And I enjoy being surprised by new things.”
Affleck isn’t likely done with all intellectual property, considering the pride he’s taking in his new movie The Tender Bar, which is an adaptation of J.R. Moehringer’s memoir of the same name. That pronouncement comes with a few qualifiers. It is possible that he contributed some of his previous experience to the Daredevil episode from 2004. However, there is a good likelihood that the majority of this feeling originates from his time spent acting in the role of Batman, a role for whom he was cast in 2013 and who he has portrayed on screen beginning with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016.
In 2013, the director of Dawn of Justice, Zack Snyder, stated that he intended Ben Affleck to offer a “complex portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent.” According to reports, Ben Affleck was left feeling “humiliated” after the critical reception of Dawn of Justice, which is now largely remembered for a sequence in which Superman and Batman find that both of their moms have the name, Martha. In the end, the movie received a total of eight nominations for the infamously mocked Razzie Awards, including one for Affleck’s performance. (He “lost” the role he was up for in the documentary Hillary’s America to Dinesh D’Souza in the end.)
Then followed the drama surrounding Justice League, a film whose production, as Ben Affleck pointed out in January 2021, occurred simultaneously with the time when he “began drinking too much.” A number of the cast members, notably Gal Godot and Ray Fisher, found their time spent working with Joss Wheldon to be a profoundly bad experience after Zack Snyder was forced to withdraw from directing the film due to a personal tragedy. Snyder had been the original director. Affleck started in January 2021 that he played Batman “for my kids” and that donning his suit to a birthday party was “worth every moment of pain on Justice League.” Affleck also stated that he performed Batman “for my wife and I.”
But celebrations aren’t designed to last. Even though Affleck will be reprising his role as Bruce Wayne in the upcoming film The Flash (2022), it appears that this role has helped him come to terms with the entire experience. According to an interview he gave to Variety, “It was a really lovely way to revisit that as the earlier experience had been painful.” “This is a lot of fun.”
Affleck states in a different part of the interview that his recent work on Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel is “probably the last theatrical release I’ll have.” The increase in the technological and aesthetic capabilities of television is one of the most notable differences. At Walmart, a customer can purchase a quality flat screen television measuring 65 inches for $180. “It’s not the 11-inch black and white television that I had when I was a kid, so I guess you could say that it’s kind of democratized that access,” he says. And on top of that, competing with programs like Succession and Ozark, both of which are “simply too wonderful,” makes a theater even less appealing to potential customers.
Instead, Affleck envisions a world in the not-too-distant future in which “there’ll be three directors” who produce non-superhero movies that drive crowds to movie theaters. Affleck prefers to look on the bright side of the situation, which is that even if people may be viewing movies on their phones rather than in theaters, “they’re watching more, they’re enjoying more.”
Deep Water, the sensual thriller that Ben Affleck co-wrote and directed with his ex-wife Ana de Aromas, is a film that audiences will have to see online streaming (Knives Out, No Time to Die). Deep Water, directed by Adrian Lyne (Fatal Attraction, 9 1/2 Weeks), is an adaptation of a Patricia Highsmith novel — hey, that’s intellectual property! — and was scheduled to be released in theaters in 2020. However, due to concerns with COVID, the release date has been pushed back to 2022. Reports suggest that Disney has withdrawn the film from distribution in theaters and has instead decided to make it unavailable on Hulu. There is not yet a scheduled release date.
Affleck’s reputation as a meme, which he largely attained by smoking while looking dejected, wearing a blue towel while contemplating the ocean, and reuniting with his girlfriend from the early 2000s, Jennifer Lopez, will not be harmed in any way by this news. He is finally realizing his aspirations, but they do not include Batman anymore.