Ben Affleck on the Reaction to His Casting in BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

     August 14, 2014

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When you sign on to play a superhero, especially someone as iconic as Batman, you’re going to undergo quite a bit of scrutiny.  Warner Bros. was well aware of it and the studio wanted to make sure Ben Affleck was well aware of it before taking the role as well.  However, clearly that didn’t stop Affleck from joining the cast of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice as the new Bruce Wayne/Batman.

While discussing his decision to take the part, Affleck highlighted that if he didn’t think he could do it, he never would have signed on in the first place.  Hit the jump for more of Affleck’s thoughts on being the new Batman.  Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters on March 25, 2016 and also stars Henry CavillGal GadotJesse EisenbergAmy AdamsLaurence FishburneJason MomoaHolly HunterScoot McNairy and Jeremy Irons.

ben-affleck-batman-v-superman-dawn-of-justiceWhen asked what it’s like to play Batman, Affleck told EW:

“I’m right in the middle of shooting now. It’s a process that I’ll probably have better perspective on when I’m done. I can tell you that every time I do a role, it’s the responsibility of an actor to get their physical self as close to the role as possible. And Batman’s obviously got a set of expectations that are tough. So I spent a lot of time working out. And it’s a far cry from Gone Girl where my character is described as ‘puffy and hungover.’ I want you to know I worked equally hard at both!”

On top of the physical challenges of preparing for the role, Affleck also had to prepare himself for the abundance of passionate fan reactions and expectations regarding his casting.

“Before I took the role, Warner Bros. gave me a bunch of past reactions to casting and said, ‘Are you sure you want to get into this? This is part and parcel of these movies now. There’s a lot of active fans with a lot of opinions.’ To me, having been through a certain amount of that, it doesn’t really … Everyone’s entitled to their opinion. I wouldn’t have taken the part if I didn’t trust my instincts in terms of the filmmaking. I think Chris Terrio wrote a terrific script. Zack’s a great visual director. And there’s an interesting take. I wouldn’t have done it if I didn’t think I could do it. I have the benefit of a lot of that understanding. But also, everyone is entitled to their opinion. That’s a big part of this international sport. The Fifty Shades of Grey kid or whatever it is. That’s sort of become a thing.”

Even though the pressure is on more so than ever when every little detail of a production is being examined under a microscope around the clock, Affleck does admire the enthusiasm.

“You know what? It’s great that people do care that much. They want to see the movie that much. And it is incumbent on you to honor the story. There are the Greek myths and these are the American myths. The American myths are these superheroes. People care about ‘em a lot. And it’s incumbent on you to do a good job and make it as excellent as you possibly can. At the end of the day, the movie’s all that matters.”

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