Hollywood star Ben Affleck has recently shared the real reasons behind his departure from playing the iconic role of Batman. In an emotional revelation, the Oscar winner explained that his struggles with alcoholism, his divorce from actor Jennifer Garner, and a difficult experience filming ‘Justice League’ were the factors that led him to make this tough decision.

Affleck stated that during the production of ‘The Batman’, someone close to him expressed concerns about the toll it could take on his well-being. They said, “I think the script is good. I also think you’ll drink yourself to death if you go through what you just went through again.” These words struck a chord with Affleck, highlighting the importance of taking care of oneself and prioritizing mental health.

The Journey of Batman

Affleck first donned the cape and cowl in 2016’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and later made appearances as Batman in the uncredited role in “Suicide Squad” the same year. However, “Justice League” marked his final performance as the Caped Crusader. Following his departure, director Matt Reeves took over and Robert Pattinson stepped into the role of Batman in the upcoming film.

Battling Alcoholism and Seeking Support

The 47-year-old actor has been candid about his struggles with alcoholism but has been relatively quiet about it following his completion of rehabilitation in 2018. After a tumultuous period, Affleck sought help upon the insistence of Jennifer Garner, his former wife. He acknowledged the support he received from his friends and fellow actors, Bradley Cooper and Robert Downey Jr, who have been a source of strength throughout his journey of sobriety.

Affleck candidly reflected on his journey and admitted that relapse is difficult and embarrassing. He wishes it hadn’t been a public spectacle for his children to witness. He recognized that his drinking escalated during the rough patch in his marriage, leading to additional problems. Affleck expressed deep remorse over his divorce from Garner, calling it the “biggest regret” of his life.

Overcoming Shame and Embracing Recovery

Shame is a toxic emotion that Affleck has learned to navigate as part of his recovery process. He acknowledged that shame serves no positive purpose and only breeds feelings of low self-worth and self-loathing. However, he emphasized the importance of being honest, accountable, and taking responsibility for one’s mistakes—core values that he has embraced throughout his journey of sobriety.

Moving Forward

While Affleck’s decision to step away from ‘The Batman’ was difficult, he has remained committed to his craft. His upcoming film, “The Way Back,” portrays a former basketball all-star struggling with alcohol addiction. The character finds redemption as he becomes the coach of a high school basketball team in an effort to make a comeback. Reflecting on his personal experiences, Affleck hopes his role will inspire and resonate with audiences facing their own battles.


In sharing his story, Ben Affleck has shed light on the personal struggles that led to his departure from the role of Batman. His journey of overcoming alcoholism and navigating the challenges of life and relationships serves as a reminder that everyone has their own battles to fight. Affleck’s openness about his regrets and his commitment to recovery will undoubtedly resonate with many, offering hope and inspiration to those facing similar struggles.