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Ben Affleck Breaks His Silence on Robert Pattinson Taking Over Batman

By Joe Allen

Almost a year ago, it was announced that Robert Pattinson would be taking over the role of Batman from Ben Affleck. Affleck had previously played the caped crusader in two films, but for Matt Reeves's "The Batman," Pattinson was tasked with playing the part.

At a press junket promoting his new film "The Way Back," Affleck broke his silence about how he felt about being replaced in the part. The actor also shared his thoughts on the decision to cast Pattinson.

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“I kind of lost my passion for telling those stories,” Affleck said on Jake's Takes. “I got interested in telling stories more like [The Way Back]. And it just seemed like, you know, very clear to me that if it’s not the most important thing in the world to you, you’re not going to make a very good movie. The movie deserves to be made by somebody who is dying to do it and can’t wait. And, that wasn’t me at the time, so I moved on.”

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In discussing Pattinson's casting, Affleck said that he was a "great" fit for the role, and that he was a good actor more generally.

Pattinson, who first rose to fame after he was cast as Edward in the "Twilight" franchise, has been reluctant to take on big roles in the aftermath of that role. In part, that's because the actor has always been reluctant to put himself in the spotlight. Instead, he prefers to take on smaller, often stranger, roles.

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For "The Batman," though, Pattinson seemed to be willing to return to the realm of blockbuster entertainment. In interviews, the actor has said that he's still terrified of the paparazzi, and usually goes out with his hood up and his hat down.

The script for "The Batman" reportedly follows a younger version of Bruce Wayne as he begins his life as the caped crusader. It's also been described as having plenty of similarities with a detective story as opposed to a superhero movie.

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The movie is not set to be released until the summer of 2021, but anticipation for the project is already building. In the years since "Twilight," Pattinson has worked to prove that he has real acting chops.

Now that he's taken some time away from the world of franchises, it seems he might be ready to take everything that he's learned and apply them to something on a large scale. He's proven he doesn't need franchises, which is exactly what freed him up to return to one.

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