With comic book hero’s diving into the big screen on so many levels in recent years, it’s no surprise that DC Comics’ Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, especially stars Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill, have a lot to live up to.
According to ABC News, Affleck, who portrays an older version of Batman than previous actors, is feeling the pressure to live up to the expectations that fans have for such an epic movie.
“I really care about it and I want it to do well,” Affleck told Good Morning America’s Jesse Palmer. “I got to work with some really talented people, and I’m really proud of what we were able to do.”
Alongside Affleck’s Batman is Superman, played by Henry Cavill.
The duo joked around about having to get in shape for their superhero roles, a process that started a year before they actually began filming.
“I saw the first movie he was in and I was like, ‘Wow, I don’t know if I’m going to be in quite that good of shape,” Affleck, 43, joked about Cavill. “He has definitely set a high bar but he also has to be in that high bar because he is you know, an alien. I figured I had a lower bar to reach because I’m just a man after all, but I ended up putting on about 20 pounds of muscle, which is really hard to do in my advanced age.”
The pair also joked about the outfits they each wore while filming with Cavill, saying that he made it through the filming by keeping a certain pose while he had his Superman suit on.
“Sort of like screaming on the inside and smiling on the out,” Cavill joked about his pose.
While Cavill joked, Ben Affleck said he envied Cavill’s light superhero armor, saying, “I had like the plastic regular suit and then the metal suit on top of it and I was fighting Henry, and I would just see Henry like having a coffee with his really nice comfortable Superman suit.”
However, while the pair can share laughs off-screen and before the movie hits theaters, if the blockbuster doesn’t turn out to be a blockbuster, nobody will be laughing.
According to Comic Book Resources, if the movie isn’t a major success, then there will be a major shift in the DC Films’ master plan
“This movie is starting to scare [Warner Bros.],” Drew McWeeney, a HitFix film reporter who recently published a report about the movie, said.
He also said that the internal response to the movie has also been lackluster, adding, “Response has not been exactly what I think they wanted.”
Despite Warner Bros. confidence in its other films like Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman, McWeeney states in the report that one of the major changes that could take place if Batman v Superman tanks is replacing the film Justice League: Part One, which is currently scheduled for November 2017 with a solo Batman movie starring Ben Affleck.
The promotional tour for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice officially kicked off last weekend with Ben Affleck appearing on the NBA All-Star Game Pre-Show to promote the movie, reports Game Spot. While at the game, Affleck also explained what sets him apart from previous versions of the character.
“He’s a little over the hill,” Affleck said. “He’s kind of given up. And when Superman shows up he’s like so powerful that he threatens everything that Batman kind of believes in, and it leads to this conflict. So it wasn’t like I had to play Batman in his prime, so that was at least the excuse that I told myself!”
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters next month but in the meantime check out the film’s tie-in books that were recently released, Guide to the Caped Crusader/Guide to the Man of Steel: Movie Flip Book.
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