Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara Says Ben Affleck is “Perfect” as a “Tired, Weary and Seasoned” Batman, Plus More on J.K. Rowling’s New HARRY POTTER Film

     September 12, 2013


It’s good to be the king.  I imagine that when Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara took the podium during a press conference today, he didn’t even have to ask the gathered masses to take a knee in deference.  I mean, the guy walks in to talk about bringing Batman on screen against Superman for the first time ever in Batman vs. Superman, and knows that none other than Ben Affleck will be given that honor.  As if that weren’t enough, Tsujihara also gets to add that “one more thing”, which just so happens to be a new partnership with J.K. Rowling, who will write the screenplay for at least one more movie set in the world of Harry Potter.  See what Tsujihara had to say on both properties after the jump.

fantastic-beasts-and-where-to-find-them-bookToday’s recap of Tsujihara’s press release comes courtesy of THR.  Let’s get Bats out of the way first.  After saying that Affleck was “perfect” to play Batman (obviously, because why cast him otherwise), Tsujihara commented a bit on the take of the Caped Crusader this time around, calling him “tired, and kind of weary and seasoned”.  He went on to talk about the reaction to the news, saying:

“Ben is perfect for the vision Zack has for that character. The fact that you saw such a passionate response in the blogosphere is really kind of a testament to the love that people have for this character.”

Speaking of reactions, fan response to a new dip into the world of Harry Potter has been surprisingly divided, with some calling it a cash grab while others are enthusiastic for all the Rowling they can get.  Tsujihara’s comments might bolster the former crowd as he said the “incredibly important” property of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them won’t just be a movie, but also a video game and an attraction at Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  Not really a surprise.  Also not a surprise is the fact that the studio is looking to attract a big audience and slap a franchise tag onto the new property, saying, “the hope is that we’re going to build a film franchise”, but Tsujihara would not commit to planning on more than one film just yet.

  • Isaac Webster

    Tired and weary…I see the damage control for Affleck’s understated acting has started.


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    • Strong Enough

      get over it chump. its happening

    • bombinUSA

      cry me a river you fanboy idiot.

      • Isaac Webster

        Which river would you like?

      • bombinUSA

        the nile you fgt.

      • Guest

        what’s an fgt?

    • OhDawg

      Nooo, not UNDERSTATED!

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  • belovedwarlord

    Nothing quite like rebooting your Batman with a tired, old Batman.

    • RiddleThemThis

      Its batman’s ninth film, its about time hes gotten older.

      • Andy

        they should have chosen someone who LOOKS older then, not a guy that is still positioned in the minds of the audience as a youngster

    • MIXTER

      Tired and weary most likely after throwing punches at an Alien with skin like steel! Theres no tougher punch up in history.

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  • LEM

    He’s older by 2 years…2 YEARS! If they wanted older they should have gone much older especially since their Superman is 30.

    • Anthony Sargon

      Yeah but when Bale Started, he was younger than he is now ;) By the time affleck’s made 3 batman movies, he’ll be like 50

      • LEM

        Yeah but he’s talking about this next one not the one 10 years from now. If Bale stayed the age would be about the same so WTF is Kevin talking about? I guess Affleck is balder and grayer than Bale so they have that going for them.

  • Matt

    People shitting on Affleck as Batman need to relax. The guy did a bunch of terrible films. He isn’t the best actor in the world. But really…at the end of the day…you don’t need to be the best actor in the world to pull off fucking Batman. Half the time (if not more) you’re growling or in a fight. The rest you’re acting like a cocky/smug bastard. Half of Hollywood could pull that off.

    I think Affleck is a solid choice. Can I imagine him fighting? Not really, but if they’re playing him off as older than surely that means he’ll rely upon his wits more than his physicality. Let’s also not forget that they sign these guys up thinking 5-7 years down the line. If Affleck is in 2 films he’ll certainly be old by standards acceptable to society.

    As for Rowling, really on board with the decision to do this if its done properly. If they make a series that is full of her humor it’ll be great. The books were rife with that stuff and it had to be cut down a lot. I read this book back in the day and don’t remember much of it, but I’m sure it’s just a blueprint. As long as they aren’t looking to create false drama, I’ll be there to check it out.

  • Btbcc12859

    This is not a hate Ben post. My issue with having Batman who is close to same age as Superman be at the end of his career, while Superman is starting. How do you build on that? I would understand if Batman is in his prime considering 10-15 yrs of crime fighting, but at his end, sounds more like the last Batman story and they jumped the story 8 yrs in attempt to make it livable

    • Spanky

      Affleck is 41, likely be 42 by the time the movie shoots… just how old do you want him to be??

      • Gojiro

        Clint Eastwood as The Dark Knight.

  • Lex Walker

    Well of course he said Affleck was perfect for the part. Was there a chance in hell he’d go on stage and say “Meh, personally I think we could have done better, but that’s how it goes”? That’s non-news. It’s like reporting that Joss Whedon thinks Marvel is a great company to work for — what would you expect him to say?

    • Sweet Pea

      Non-news that you felt the need to post something much more pointless about… Hmmmmm

      • Lex Walker

        To which you respond with more nothingness and now I with more. Will this damned chain of nothing never end!?

      • Sweet Pea

        What you said was an obvious attempt to belittle black people and call for a return to segregation wasn’t it? Did nothing I said previously show you racism isn’t right? Nothingness isn’t an excuse for racist behaviour.

      • Lex Walker

        Nothingness reigns.

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      • Sweet Pea

        Irony.. You might as well always just post that, less words same meaning

      • Lex Walker

        More nothingness.

      • Sweet Pea

        Wait are you commenting on my comments or just making your own?

      • Lex Walker

        Nothingness again.

      • Sweet Pea

        Stop it racist, your comments above are disgusting…

      • Lex Walker


      • Sweet Pea

        If you read the full chain of our communcation here, you come off very badly. How anyone can so casually admit they think racial segregation is a good idea if beyond me.. And to pass it off as “nothingness”.. Disgusting

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      • Sweet Pea

        I can do this all day, Im just kicking back with my HTC One enjoying life…

      • Lex Walker


      • Sweet Pea

        What do you think you’re saying though? Hiding your lack of wit or argument behind that same retort.. Embarrassing

      • Lex Walker


      • Sweet Pea

        See you have nothing to say, but you’reobviously enjoying this coz yyou’re responding so quickly.. So you either have an empty life or a lack of confidence, or both?

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      • Sweet Pea


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      • Loonzie

        lol. this just started my day the right way

      • Santiago cabrera

        hhhahahahhah you got owned by the troll

        hahah fucking idiot

      • Sweet Pea

        Who got owned?

  • Zoidbert

    I think what he meant to say was, Josh Brolin would have looked perfect as a battle-weary Batman. Maybe the hook they’re planning to use is that, in this universe, Superman is the new kid on the block and Batman is the seasoned veteran. There’s going to be a battle before they become allies. There’s a way to spin Miller’s (not Moore’s) whole “Dark Knight Returns” storyline into that.

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      • Zoidbert

        Whoops; thanks. Got my reclusive comic artists mixed up.

  • Polarboy

    I think people are overestimating the battle weary comments, it’s not like they are going for The Dark Knight Returns here, I imagine that they are going for the Batman that appears in the new 52 Justice League. The one who has been working from the shadows, an urban myth Batman, at least outside Gotham, that feels he has to step out of the shadows when Superman shows up and ruins the party for all the superheroes that are trying to keep their behaviour on the down low. If that is the kind of Batman they are going for then I will be more than pleased, because Bruce convincingly proved himself worthy of hanging with those guy’s in that run as the tactical genius, general type.

  • SonsOfBatman92

    World’s Finest will be based on The Dark Knight Falls. So its not TDKR-esque

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