The fact that Justice League had a troubled production is old news by now. Even before it premiered it was clear something wasn't right, with the second director Joss Whedon ordering reshoots to completely change the tone, moving it away from Zack Snyder's vision. Later, it turned out to be worse than originally thought, with cast members accusing Whedon of abuse and mistreatment during reshoots. It's unsurprising then, that Batman actor Ben Affleck doesn't speak highly of his time on set.
Speaking to the LA Times, Affleck says that returning to film new scenes for Justice League was "the worst experience". It was so awful, in fact, that it influenced his decision to give up the role in the upcoming spin-off film, saying that he realized he wouldn't be happy going through it all again, and that "it’s not worth it".
Affleck doesn't call out Joss Whedon by name, but it's clear who he's referring to. "[Justice League] was a bad experience because of a confluence of things", the 49-year-old actor says. "my own life, my divorce, being away too much, the competing agendas, and then [director] Zack’s personal tragedy, and the reshooting. It just was the worst experience. It was awful".
"It was everything that I didn’t like about this. That became the moment where I said I’m not doing this anymore".
Affleck intended to play the caped crusader in the upcoming film, The Batman, but both his experience in Justice League and his shifting priorities in life changed his mind. Robert Patterson is instead taking over the role, playing a younger Bruce Wayne as he takes on the Riddler.
Affleck is far from the only DC cast member to speak out against troubles during filming. On top of Ray Fisher and Jason Momoa's public allegations against Joss Whedon, actor Ruby Rose called out the production of the Batwoman TV show. She accused Warner Bros. of fostering a dangerous work environment, in which she and others were injured – including one worker who was left unable to walk, and another who suffered third-degree burns.
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