George Clooney Reveals He Told Ben Affleck Not to Play Batman

ROME, ITALY - MAY 13: George Clooney attends 'Catch-22' Photocall, a Sky production, at The Space Moderno Cinema on May 13, 2019 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Elisabetta Villa/Getty Images)
'Catch-22' Rome Photocall | Elisabetta Villa

Many fans would argue that Ben Affleck maybe should've listened to George Clooney's advice. The former Batman actor apparently tried to warn Affleck not to play the Caped Crusader, but he didn't listen. Affleck has now left the role behind, but we're wondering if he regrets not listening to Clooney in the first place.

Through the years, Batman has survived some pretty bad reboots and sequels, while also bringing some really great adaptations too. Clooney debuted as Batman in Batman and Robin (a success at the box office but not with the critics) in 1997, and since then revealed his horrible experience playing the iconic character.

In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Clooney revealed he even tried to convince Affleck to not take on the role, in attempts to save him from the same fate he had with the superhero. "I actually did talk to him about it. I said, ‘Don’t do it.'" Clooney stated. "It was only from my experience, which is, you know…"

Affleck went on to portray the billionaire vigilante in Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016, and again in 2017's Justice League. The actor confirmed his split from the character earlier this year ahead of Matt Reeves' The Batman, which is set to premiere in 2021.

At the end of the day, Affleck's Batman was at least met with general praise, unlike Clooney's. It was just the films many people hated.

[h/t: ScreenRant]