Ben Affleck Screwed Up the Batman Franchise Says George Clooney

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When it was first announced that Ben Affleck has officially been cast as the DC Extended Universe's version of Batman, a lot of fans raised their eyebrows and questioned Zack Snyder's decisions. Of course, fans were skeptical because of Affleck's Daredevil past, and not only that, but Christian Bale was a tough act to follow.


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Thankfully, Affleck proved the naysayers wrong and his take on the caped crusader was met with a generally positive response from the fandom following the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016. However, as much as "Batfleck" has become a beloved figure by many these days, Ben's frequent collaborator and former Batman actor George Clooney doesn't think Affleck's version of the character should be celebrated.

Variety recently caught up with the A-lister during the advanced screening of his latest film The Tender Bar where he jokingly threw shade at Affleck. When asked why it took so long for them to work together after 2012's Argo, Clooney said: "I didn't want to work with him for the obvious reasons." Clooney later joked: "He screwed up the Batman franchise that I had made so solid."

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Clooney has long been rumored to appear in Ezra Miller's solo The Flash film but unfortunately, WB never approached him about it. I guess his campy portrayal of Batman has left a lasting impression on fans which is a damn shame considering he was just a victim of poor writing and creative direction. Personally, I would have loved to see him return as Batman in the DC Multiverse just so he can finally have that redemption moment but I guess it's never going to happen.

The Flash is slated for release in November 2022.