Pretty much from the moment that his casting was announced, the internet fell on Ben Affleck like a ton of bricks for daring to agree to suit up as the Dark Knight in Batman Vs Superman. To his credit, Affleck’s taken it all in stride and been a total pro in the face of a torrent of online hate, but in a new interview, Affleck talks about why he wanted to seize this opportunity to play Batman, and how it was Zack Snyder vision for the character in his Man of Steel follow-up that helped seal the deal.
In conversation with 411‘s Al Norton, Affleck talked about how he wasn’t sure about jumping into a superhero’s costume now, confirmed some previously made statements regarding what he was going to be doing as the Caped Crusader in Batman Vs Superman, and why that convinced him to suit up as Batman.
Ben Affleck: Initially I was reluctant as I felt I didn’t fit the traditional mold but once Zack showed me the concept, and that it would be both different from the great movies that Chris and Christian made but still in keeping with tradition I was excited. Doing something different and new is always tricky and part of the thrill and the risk is that initially it confounds expectations. The truth is, it’s the movie and the execution of it is what all the actors depend on and I believe in Zack’s vision.
Al Norton: Warner Brothers CEO Kevin Tsujihara recently said that this version of Batman would be “tired and weary and seasoned and been doing it for awhile”…Is that how you envisioned him as well and what would you add to the description on the Bruce Wayne side of things?
Ben Affleck: Yes, Kevin described it aptly. I don’t want to go further because I want to be able to capitalize on what is new about this iteration by having it be a surprise to the audience.”
Hopefully, Affleck and Snyder will be able to deliver something to get fans excited. Second unit filmming on Batman Vs Superman began last weekend, but actual production doesn’t begin in earnest until sometime next year. Batman Vs Superman will be released in theaters everywhere on July 17, 2015.
Source: Cinema Blend