For fans interested in why Ben Affleck would take on the role of the Dark Knight after years of the internet maligning him for his ‘Daredevil’ performance, Affleck recently opened up on his reasoning regarding the decision. From a business standpoint, it made perfect sense as his agreeing to take on the role will open up doors for him down the road on smaller projects he wants to get made. Also, in his own words, “To get the exposure to a movie of this scale is an education.” Meaning that as he continues his directorial career, having worked on a big budget effects heavy movie like this will prepare him for any larger productions he may end up directing some day.
As for his own personal film tastes, he has long claimed to be a fan of both artistic films and well-made commercial films. But don’t think all his reasoning is purely for his own ends, he also spoke on his connection to the Batman character, namely his own rage, and why he felt he would be uniquely suited to bring Snyder’s version of the iconic hero to life:
“I think it’s a necessity, historically, in the tradition of these films,” said Affleck. “For me, anger is so deeply buried and contained that when it does kind of come out, it comes out in stronger bursts. I tend to be respectful, polite, get along, put up with, put up with, put up with … then, when it finally emerges, it’s not something I have a ton of control over.”
He was quick to point out that sharing the characteristic of rage with Bruce Wayne was not something he was bragging about, but rather was something he considered to be a shared flaw between him and Batman, and something that would help him explore and portray the character.
With this in mind, one cannot help but wonder at how the Bruce Wayne/ Batman character might act differently than what audiences are used to. While we’ve always seen him as brooding, and using his anger over his parent’s death to propel his crime fighting career, we have rarely seen Batman behave by giving in to this “rage.” Perhaps Superman’s destruction of Metropolis during the ‘Man of Steel’ fight with Zod pushes Batman to the edge? As a hero who always abhorred guns and limited the violence and destruction to the criminals and their property, it would not be a stretch to see Batman angered by Superman’s smash and crash way of dealing with Zod and his cronies. Hopefully, Affleck is on the right track with the character, and when ‘Superman V. Batman: Dawn of Justice’ opens in 2016, we’ll all be amazed by the modern version of Batman we find.