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

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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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  • Christopher Sims

    Never really thought of Superheros as the American version of Greek mythology…interesting…and true.

    • Loso_Rocks

      Me neither. That actually gave me new perspective on the how I view superheroes.

    • Vulcan

      They kind of mention it in Hancock, when Charlize Theron talks about how in other times they were referred to as Gods and Angels, but now they are super heroes. And then I heard a really good NPR interview with Clark Gregg where he says that super heroes are modern day Greek heroes. I also find this really interesting and true.

    • Nathaniel Haywood

      I agree – it’s a good point. I bet if you asked 100 Americans on the street to name as many Greek Gods as they could and then as many Superheroes as they could, they would be able to name more superheroes (because of these modern comic book movie films if nothing else).

      • Christopher Sims

        Yeah, I love Greek Mythology and probably know more about it, and Roman Mythology, than the average person, which is why the Wonder Woman new 52 comic is great to me.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        An ex-girlfriend of mine and myself had a bet going for the longest time: she was convinced that more people (we were in NYC) on the street would be able to tell us who artist Jeff Koons was than Lex Luthor. If the person knew both, neither side got a point. After the score got to about 72-12 in Luthor’s favor, we stopped counting. I even let her choose who we asked so she could tilt it in Koons’s favor. It was a pretty interesting experiment in pop culture vs high culture.

    • JDubs

      Kind of. At least in terms of storytelling.

      • lord jim

        Come on, I like my Superheroes as much as the next guy, but the storytelling of greek mythology is far superior in every single aspect.

      • JDubs

        I’m not talking about the quality. These are larger than life, superhuman characters whose stories are repeatedly retold and reinterpreted.

    • http://www.geekrex.com/ Alexander Knox

      That’s the entire premise of Grant Morrison’s JLA…Batman is specifically the stand-in for Hades.

      • Christopher Sims

        I will have to read that comic, I could see Batman as Hades, but Superman and Batman have a more symbiotic relationship that Zeus and Hades.

    • Anthony Michael

      I kind of rolled my eyes when Affleck said it because I’m sick and tired of hearing it. That “these are our myths” thing about superheroes is said constantly.

      • Christopher Sims

        O really? That’s interesting, this is actually the first time I have ever heard that. Didn’t really make the connection since some of the superheros have mythological roots, i.e Wonder Woman, Thor.

    • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

      There are a lot of really well written and very interesting academic papers/books on the subject. It is fascinating.

      • Christopher Sims

        I will definitely look those up, but if you have a link to one I would greatly appreciate it.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        One of the most readily available is Richard Reynolds’s Super Heroes: A Modern Mythology, though it’s not one of the best. I’ll have to log in to JSTOR later to try to find some of the better ones.

    • Star lord

      Ben affleck the American morden day Plato

    • agent777

      I think we can thank Stan Lee, Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman for that.

      Stan Lee made the Greek (and Norse) pantheon of gods a part of the MU for that very reason, and it’s right there at the roots, think of Bill Everett’s Namor the Submariner, way back in the 40′s.

    • Lord Jim

      Yes, I didn´t know that Americans actually believe in Superheroes ;)
      Your culture is far too young for creating a mythology.

      • Kyle Dickey

        American culture is just an amalgamation of older cultures from around the world… its not like we are starting from scratch. Go read American Gods by Neil Gaiman…. It covers this topic quite well.

    • Theodore Trout

      Stan Lee first drew this analogy back in the Sixties.

  • Matt

    Affleck is a boss – well spoken.

  • JBug

    I still love the logo

  • Plissken

    I have no doubt that Affleck can pull off an aged Bruce Wayne with aplomb at this point in his career; it’s the clowns behind the pen and camera that are going to crash this thing

    • the king of comedy

      I agree, even tough I was sceptical about Affleck taking the role of Batman, I`m pretty sure now that he`s going to make a terrific job, I trust Chris Terrio as well and I`m glad he changed Goyer`s script enough in order to take the writting credits for this movie, the only thing that worries me is Zack Snyder directing this movie, even Ben Affleck didn`t say he`s a great director, he said he`s a good visual director, and that`s what he really is.

      • JDee78

        the quote was actually “great visual director”

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Still, kind of a backhanded compliment. Seems like Affleck’s all too aware that Snyder’s movies tend to have more style than substance.

      • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

        That quote actually gave me hope that maybe Affleck will help balance the directing on the film. Snyder’s an amazing visual director and ok story teller (300, Watchmen and DOTD are great films) but for something like this you need to be in top form in both areas. Could be a great balancing act with both of them working together.

      • Kyle Chandler

        At least there is an awareness, it sounds like, so I kind of have that same hope. I think Snyder COULD make a great film with the right people around him, he just doesn’t understand human emotions very well.

      • the king of comedy

        Yeah I agree with Lex Walker, Affleck didn`t say anything about his ability as a storyteller, or that he had a great vision. or that he brings the best out of his actors, he just said he“s a great visual director, wich is a nice charactersitic touch but doesn`t make a great director, somehting Tim Burton has already proved.

      • Kyle Chandler

        Yeah, I think Goyer did a decent job while he was collaborating with Nolan, but I don’t really have any faith in him on his own. It’s usually okay, but not great work.

        The screenwriter from Argo, though? Now we’re talking. I still don’t think that Snyder is able to find the heart in any of his films, even if I have enjoyed some of them (if James Gunn can do it in guardians, justice league deserves no less!), but hopefully the strength of the writing and the cast can pick that up.

      • the king of comedy

        Goyer has some interesting ideas about places where he can take the characters, but he doesn`t know how to take them there, the dialogue and the situations end up being forced and the plot doesn`t flow the way it`s suppossed to, Chris Terrio is one of the most promising things about this film. As for Snyder, as you have said it his movies are usually soulless (even tough I really liked Watchmen), I think they shouldn`t be trusting this universe to him.

      • Kyle Chandler

        Totally agree. I actually liked Watchmen as well, though I had to separate it in my mind from the graphic novel, which I think a lot of people had an understandably hard time doing.

      • Michael Lally

        I think the main problem with Zack Snyder is that he isn’t a very good writer himself (Sucker Punch), and he also isn’t a director who can compensate for a lesser script written by somebody else. When he’s got a good one (Dawn of the Dead had a script written by James Gunn and Watchmen was a pretty good adaptation from a script stand point) he can be pretty damn good. So in short I think that if Chris Terrio completely overhauled the script by David Goyer then this might just turn out good in the end

      • Kyle Chandler

        I think that’s right. I think Goyer needed Chris and John nolan to make a workable script, in a lot of ways. I guess it’s the opposite of snyder. he needs a script so good that he can’t bury the humanity in it.

    • Hugo Emanuel Melo

      Everyone is stressing about Affleck playing Batman in a Zack Snyder movie. The fact that Snyder is directing and co-wirting the movie’s script with David S. Goyer is the real problematic issue here. It’s obvious that Snyder’s take on Batman will be far from complex; therefore the Batman role will require little complexity to begin with, hence Affleck’s weak acting chops are irrelevant to the movie. Affleck actually looks the part – he does seem like a milionaire playboy – and I am guessing Snyder and Goyer’s script will demand little more from Affleck than posing as a playboy and apeing a raspy scary voice.

      If someone tries to convince me that Goyer is good news by mentioning nolan’s batman trilogy, I will simply sy that altough he provided the story for the films, he only wrote the script to Batman Begins (alongside Nolan) which incidently is the worst of the three. Also let’s all bare in mind that Goyer is responsible for the screenplay of such gems (read with sarcasm) as jumper, ghost rider, blade movies and series, the crow: city of angels and a couple of van damme movies – just to name a few. It’s obvious that the bad seriolusly outweights the good.

  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    I think Affleck is gonna crush it. He’s really matured since he made DD in ’03 (a film that I thought he was fine in especially in the Director’s Cut). I just hope they use a voice changer for the suit and go w Kevin Conrey’s voice as that would be amazing.

    • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

      Yeah, the Director’s cut evens out the movie in a meaningful way. They needed that Murdock’s legal career subplot much more than Fox realized.

      • Kyle Chandler

        Never had a chance to check out the director’s cut, and to be honest I didn’t even hate the original when i saw it (it was a simpler time and I had lower expectations for comic book films).

        Actually, I remember thinking that DD would actually make a halfway decent batman film back in the day. I liked the acrobatics (something I identify with batman. thanks TAS), and I think Affleck did a decent job with an inferior script.

        I’ll have to check it out.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        No, I get that, I didn’t hate Daredevil the first time I saw it, it was more due to X2 and Spider-man 2 following immediately on its heels and it just paled in comparison because you realized how good comic book movies could be.

      • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

        Yea X2 was a game changer in comic books film as it was really one of the first sequels to be superior to the 1st film – something Blade, Superman and Batman never did (in most people’s opinion). Yea I remember seeing DD in HS and thinking it was a good film but didn’t think it was as good as Superman (I & II) or Batman (’89). I still enjoyed it but once I saw the director’s cut I knew Fox made a big mistake in editing it for theaters.

  • Alex Sanchez

    Take notes fantastic four! When fans get pissed don’t insult them do what Ben just did, reverse it into a positive outlook!

  • agent777

    Can someone clarify what he meant by “the Fifty Shades of Grey kid?”

    • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

      I think he was referring to all of the attention that Charlie Hunnaman got for being picked as the choice for Christian Grey (50 Shades dude) and bailed after the pressure from the fans got to him. At least that’s what I took from it.

      • agent777

        Thank you both. Now it makes sence. Kinda silly he ran away as I don’t see Fifty Shades of Grey being a ‘thing’ in 10-20 years.

      • http://mattedscreen.blogspot.com/ TheMattedScreen

        Also you can look at the reaction the guy that was ultimately cast when that teaser trailer came out – he took quite the beating from the ladies… so to speak.

    • sense

      its an analogy about being the person associated with a famous part, seemingly for the next ten years, Affleck will be that Batman guy

  • brNdon

    I don’t think that Brolin being cast would have met with any opposition from fans.

    • Kyle Chandler

      Fairly or unfairly, Affleck is certainly more polarizing than most. He really isn’t my biggest concern with this film. I really just want a solid movie that doesn’t feel bloated and overstuffed *cough*ASM2*cough*, and has some heart and some levity.

      But I dream…

      • mattinacan

        good luck, this is going to be a mess

  • mattinacan

    Ben Affleck as batman is the LEAST of this movies problems

  • Polarboy

    The fact that he didn’t even mention Goyer when talking about the script makes me more hopeful, if only a little.

  • Colin Christian

    I think he will do great.That profile photo? That’s Batman,that’s how I see the character in my mind.

    • Lee Harvey Cobblepot

      On the surface level, he was ALWAYS good casting for Batman. He needed to put on some muscle on top, but we all knew Snyder would make him do that because of the way Cavill looked in Man of Steel.

  • bidi

    i just keep going back to his comments on Terrio and Snyder. it almost has a feeling that Terrio’s script is the king and Snyder is just in service of it, not the other way around like these movies tend to be. marrying Snyder’s visuals to Terrio’s words could actually work

  • poppincherry

    I’m not going to watch it. It’ll probably be as shitty as TDKR. CRAP!!!!!!!

    • Arthur Dent

      That’s the way to keep an open mind before the film’s been completed, trailers released, or even reviewed …

  • Raptor Jesus

    Nice but MOS was a total POS from start to finish so I’m not that optimistic.

    • Strong Enough

      and there goes the daily “MOS is shit” comment lmao

      • Raptor Jesus

        Where there’s smoke there’s fire. Or in this case, shit.

      • Gary

        76% of the audience liked MoS. You are in the minority.

        http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/superman_man_of_steel/

      • Raptor Jesus

        All the Transformers movies made lots of money.

        TMNT made lots of money.

        Just because people like something doesn’t mean it’s not shit.

      • Gary

        I wrote nothing about money. I produced a public consensus.

        TMNT only got an audience approval of 61% (D-).

        Transformers 4 …a 54% (F).

        If you had stuck with the audience percentage and not tried to switch the argument to money made to define success (which I did not do), you would have seen my point. MoS has a 76% (C+). Perhaps you should have written that despite the greater majority, “you” think MoS is shit because writing it the way you did implies that the majority agree with you.

        It’s the minority that want the cornball Superman who somehow was raised as a human for 33 years, but have absolute perfect morality and convenient conclusions the minute he finds out he is an alien. The majority, obviously, wanted something new and more grounded… and they approved.

    • TJ

      Disagree!

  • spaceMONkeyx01

    Plp are arguing over the casting. They should be more concerned that Jack Snyder is director.

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  • Clay

    Oh that Affleck.

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  • Cameron

    He’s an amazing director. but as an actor? he may have improved a bit, but his acting still leaves much to be desired. His acting was actually the weak link in both The Town and Argo. Both movies would’ve been better if he stayed behind the cameras and let a more capable actor tackle the lead roles.

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