In a recent interview with ‘Entertainment Weekly,‘ Ben Affleck was very candid about not only his upcoming role playing Bruce Wayne/Batman, but also about his past failures in the comic-book genre, namely the movie ‘Daredevil.’ In his own words:
“Daredevil didn’t work, at all. If I wanted to go viral I would be less polite,. That was before people realized you could make these movies and make them well. There was a cynical sense of ‘Put a red leather outfit on a guy, have him run around, hunt some bad guys, and cash the check.’”
Of course, it does seem a bit like he is putting all the blame on the rest of the creatives behind the failed franchise, as though he had no idea it was a terrible film until he was finished shooting and saw the final product. Regardless of his finger pointing in regards to his former franchise, he did have some interesting tidbits to share about ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice,’ namely about the state of Bruce Wayne when the film opens:
“[He’s] at the end of his run and maybe the end of his life. There’s this sort of world-weariness to it…Don’t mistake him for a helpless old man though, as he’ll definitely be giving the Man of Steel a run for his money when they finally come to blows.”
He also spoke briefly about the fan reaction to his getting the role, and how everyone has come to grips with all the different actors who have donned the cape and cowl over the years:
“Batman is basically the American version of Hamlet. We accept that he’s played by actors with different interpretations.”
Of course, for Zach Snyder, who will be directing Affleck in the role, there were also certain physical attributes that drew him to casting Affleck, being very interested in how the taller man would look on screen:
“I liked the fact that Ben was 6’ 4” and taller than Henry…I wanted Superman to have to feel like he was looking up to Batman despite being so much stronger.”
Which makes sense, because if as believed Batman will have been on the job for 20 plus years, he would definitely have a wealth of experience that could help the Man of Steel, which could lead to, if Superman allowed it, Batman taking Superman under his wing, which would be a different dynamic than what we have seen in the comics before, where Superman and Batman both entered the crime fighting game at around the same time.
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