Ben Affleck, star of Zack Snyder’s upcoming mega-film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, recently sat down with Entertainment Weekly to talk about acting, the film, and the daunting prospect of putting on the Dark Knight’s cowl.
When Snyder announced that Ben Affleck would star as Batman in the upcoming film, the internet became sharply divided between those that couldn’t stomach the idea of the Daredevil star playing Gotham City’s ultimate detective, and those that simply loved the idea of “Batfleck.”
Recent photos taken of Ben Affleck while the star was shooting Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in Detroit display an Affleck that’s certainly bulked up for the role. In addition, Ben is sporting some gray at his temples, according to Science Fiction.com, an indicator that the Bruce Wayne we’ll see in the new film will be a bit older than one’s we’ve seen in past incarnations.
When asked about what it’s like to play Batman, Ben Affleck said:
“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 all this? This is part and parcel of these movies now. There’s a lot of active fans with a lot of opinions.'”
Affleck went on to say that he understands that everyone has their own opinion, and he was ready for the onslaught. Ben cited Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’s screenplay written by Chris Terrio and Zack Snyder’s “great visual” direction as the reasons to suffer the slings and arrows of the fans to pursue the role.
“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.”
Ben went on to say that he thinks it’s great that people care that much about the film, and because they do, he honestly feels the pressure to put out the absolute best work he can to honor them and the material.
“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.
Many fans will be pleased to hear that Ben Affleck has given the role some more-than-serious thought.