Ben Affleck Discusses His Reluctance To Play Batman

Ben Affleck wasn’t always sure he was the right person to play the Dark Knight in director Zack Snyder’s highly-anticipated superhero mash-up Batman vs. Superman.

Practically everyone on the planet voiced their opinion about the Argo director suiting up for the Man of Steel sequel. While some folks don’t mind that Affleck was recently tapped to portray Bruce Wayne in the flick, others haven’t hid their disdain for the actor.

Ben Affleck told 411 Mania that even he wasn’t sure he was the right guy to play Batman. Since he didn’t fit the “traditional mold,” the Runner Runner star admitted his reluctance to tackle the iconic role. However, Snyder helped him change his mind.

“Once Zack showed me the concept, and that it would be both different from the great movies that Chris and Christian made but still in keeping with tradition I was excited,” the actor explained.

He continued, “Doing something different and new is always tricky and part of the thrill and the risk is that initially it confounds expectations. The truth is, it’s the movie and the execution of it is what all the actors depend on and I believe in Zack’s vision.”

Warner Brothers CEO Kevin Tsujihara previously described the Dark Knight as “tired and weary and seasoned and been doing it for awhile” in Batman vs. Superman. When asked if this description was accurate, Ben Affleck offered up the following information.

“I don’t want to go further because I want to be able to capitalize on what is new about this iteration by having it be a surprise to the audience,” he explained.

The Inquisitr previously reported that Ben Affleck addressed the backlash he received after the Batman vs. Superman announcement during his appearance on Jimmy Fallon. According to the actor, the studio tried their best to prepare him for the absolute worst.

“The people from the studio were so excited and they said ‘Listen, we want to talk to you. People go through this process and it can be trying. We want to show you some of the reactions that past cast members received on the internet,” Affleck told Fallon

He continued, “But I thought ‘I’m a big boy. I can handle any snub. I can handle anything.’ They said don’t use the internet for a few days, but I handle my shit. So I went to the announcement and looked at the first comment and it says ‘NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!’ And I was done!”

If all goes according to Warner Bros. and Zack Snyder’s master plan, Batman vs. Superman should arrive in theaters on July 17, 2015. Are you surprised that Ben Affleck was initially reluctant to put on the cape and cowl?

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