What a coincidence! Jennifer Garner also quit enduring having to hire 400 pound nannies with leprosy because she wasn’t feeling Ben Affleck! (Or did she?)
Superstar film composer Hans Zimmer is fucking done professionally scoring Batman movies. He was so enamored of Christian Bale’s laughably growly take on Batman that Ben Affleck’s interpretation (that would seemingly be “florid and premenstrual“) left him feeling hollow inside.
FYI, Hans. Ben Affleck’s version of Batman has left a lot of people feeling hollow inside. Such as comic book geeks, the citizens of Gotham City, any poor bastard actor they’ve approached to play the inevitable role of Robin, etc. The list goes on.
In an interview with Inverse, Hans explained why Batman v. Superman: Even Judge Judy Wouldn’t Rule On This Shit was the last superhero movie he will ever score.
It just did my brain in to have written Christian Bale as Batman, and suddenly it’s Ben Affleck [in *Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice*]. And it felt like I was betraying everything Christian had done. So there’s a certain amount of loyalty attached to those movies, as well.
I spent months trying to come up with something for Ben. The Batman that I know and the one I learned is the one that Christian did, and Ben plays it differently. And I can’t quite shake that off. For me, the Christian Bale character was always completely unresolved. It was always about that moment at the beginning of the first movie, where he sees his parents getting killed. It was basically arrested development. The Ben character is more middle-aged; he seems to be grumpy as hell, but I didn’t feel the pain that I felt in Christian’s performance. And it was that pain that made me interested.
You know Hans meant to say “lumpy as hell,” but caught himself.
Ben has undergone a series of woe-is-me moments in the past couple of years. He’s got his on-and-off divorce crap with Jennifer Garner, Batman v. Superman was ravaged by the critics, he dropped out of directing himself in the next Batman movie, and he recently revealed that he was in rehab again for issues with booze.
This new revelation from the esteemed Hans might fuck with Ben’s sobriety, sort of like pretty much everything Ben’s done after Good Will Hunting (I’ll give him a pass on The Town and Gone Girl) has fucked with mine.