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The Overarching Alcoholism of Ben Affleck and The DC Cinematic Universe Batman

The Overarching Alcoholism of Ben Affleck and The DC Cinematic Universe Batman

Ben Affleck has been receiving positive reviews since he began his stint as The Caped Crusader in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The film itself opened up a number of possibilities not only for the actor but for the studio. While the film received a divided response from both critics and audiences, the one thing that did not was Affleck. His character not only was well-written but he brought a reality and dynamism to the character. There may be a reason for that. Throughout the film, Affleck is seen either finishing off a wine bottle in his house which is close by to an abandoned Wayne Manor. He is also found at parties drinking. While Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne/Batman pretended to take part in this sort of behavior, that is not the case with Affleck’s Batman.

His Bruce Wayne is someone who is tired and exhausted from his life as The Dark Knight. Because of this, he has decided to turn much of his sorrows in life to the bottle. “Well, I thought I’d come drink you dry,” Affleck’s Wayne tells Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor. This version of Batman seems to have a tad bit of a drinking problem. It’s not his fault necessarily either. While depression can lead to problems with alcohol, it’s also true that drinking might cause you to become even more depressed.

This could explain partly Wayne’s crazy focus on defeating Superman throughout the film and not realizing through research that Clark Kent, the alias of Superman, is someone who was raised on this Earth, posing no threat to anyone but external threats. Yet, seeing the destruction Superman brought in his battle against General Zod in Metropolis during Man of Steel, it’s easy to see just how jaded this version of Wayne, inspired by Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns graphic novel, might become.

For Affleck, he has direct experience with this himself. According to, Affleck returned as early as October to seeking outpatient treatment at alcohol detox centers. It’s something, perhaps, his cinematic counterpart should follow. This comes because Affleck and his new girlfriend, Lindsay Shookus, were spotted buying alcohol in her hometown of Williamsville, New York. Other reports found them purchasing liquor in Maine. It seems they might have been doing an east coast vacation of sorts to relax.

However, this seems to have landed Affleck back in alcohol detox centers. It’s tough to see after Affleck admitted on Facebook in March he had completed treatment for alcoholism. “I have completed treatment for alcohol addiction; something I’ve dealt with in the past will continue to confront,” Affleck stated. “I want to live life to the fullest and be the best father I can be. I want my kids to know there is no shame in getting help when you need it, and to be a source of strength for anyone out there who needs help but is afraid to take the first step.” Affleck noted he’s lucky to have everyone who supports him in his life.

“I’m lucky to have the love of my family and friends, including my co-parent, Jen, who has supported me and cared for our kids as I’ve done the work I set out to do,” Affleck continued. “This was the first of many steps being taken towards a positive recovery.”

It seems Affleck might still have much work to do. With the help of his family and friends, he, hopefully, can continue receiving treatment, should he need it from the outpatient treatment center he’s attending. With the release of Justice League, it seems his version of Batman has become more hopeful, following the death of Clark Kent/Superman who provided him the push he needed to start being part of the world once more. Should Affleck’s Bruce Wayne/Batman continue abusing the bottle, maybe, he could find the treatment he needs to start down the road to recovery.

About the author: Tommy Zimmer is a writer whose work has appeared online and in print. His work covers a variety of topics, including politics, economics, health and wellness, addiction and recovery, and the entertainment industry.

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