As soon as the news broke, it became a virtual Internet Turd-nado with everyone losing their frakking minds about Ben Affleck‘s casting as the next Batman in Zack Snyder‘s Batman vs. Superman. Finally, we hear from the man himself about how this came to be.Affleck recently sat down with Playboy, (Honest Mom, I only buy it for the articles . . . like this one. Yeah, that’s the ticket.) and discussed some of the behind the curtain details:
When they asked if I would be Batman, I told them I didn’t see myself in the role and I was going to have to beg off. They said I’d fit well into how they were going to approach the character and asked me to look at what the writer-director, Zack Snyder, was doing. The stuff was incredible…..It was a unique take on Batman that was still consistent with the mythology. It made me excited. All of a sudden I had a reading of the character. When people see it, it will make more sense than it does now or even than it did to me initially.
He then went on to give fans a comparison between this “older/wiser” version of Batman and everyone’s favorite version played by Christian Bale:
I don’t want to give away too much, but the idea for the new Batman is to redefine him in a way that doesn’t compete with the Bale and Chris Nolan Batman but still exists within the Batman canon. It will be an older and wiser version, particularly as he relates to Henry Cavill’s Superman character.
Affleck then reflected on the Internet backlash and hoopla that quickly followed the casting announcement and gave fans his personal assurance that he won’t let them down:
I understand I’m at a disadvantage with the internet. If I thought the result would be another Daredevil, I’d be out there picketing myself. [laughs] Why would I make the movie if I didn’t think it was going to be good and that I could be good in it?
When asked if there was a movie he regretted:
I’d probably have two or three. [laughs] It’d be tough to choose. The only movie I actually regret is Daredevil. It just kills me. I love that story, that character, and the fact that it got fucked up the way it did stays with me. Maybe that’s part of the motivation to do Batman.
You should go check out the rest of the interview in its entirety over at Playboy. It’s an interesting read and a great look into Affleck’s current mindset.
What did you think of what Affleck had to say? Did anything he had to say reassured you about his casting?
The cast is pretty solid with Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Diane Lane, and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. Those are the only signed to contract actors so far. There’s been plenty of rumors about the villain and other heroes making appearances, but nothing with the ink dried.
Batman vs. Superman hits the big screen May 6th, 2016.