When Ben Affleck signed on to play Batman in the upcoming film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, he was attracted to how different this version was of the caped crusader.
When he decided to play the pivotal role, Affleck had a few “demands” one of them being that Argo screenwriter Chris Terrio rewrite David S. Goyer’s script.
That said, even though Terrio rewrote the script, it seems like Affleck still had to save the day on a daily basis by rewriting the script himself in his batsuit.
A source close to the Batman v Superman set told Us Weekly that Affleck was very invested in the character, but would often tweak things he didn’t like about the script. The source stated Affleck “would go into wardrobe and get all suited up for the day in his Batman suit. Then he would sit around reworking the script. Ben wasn’t thrilled with it and would find himself on multiple occasions fixing it the day of.”
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While some might assume this is a diva move on Affleck’s part, he was coming right off of his Oscar win for Argo when he took on the role, and he has an Oscar for co-writing Good Will Hunting.
In terms of quality, Affleck seems to know what he’s talking about. It also should be mentioned that Ben has openly expressed how upset he was that Daredevil didn’t end up working out when he played the character in 2003. Stepping away from a superhero role after that seemed like a no-brainer, so it probably took a lot to get Affleck to sign on to play Batman as there were major stakes involved.
Affleck was even quoted as saying at one point, “God help me, if I ever do another movie with an explosion in it. If you see me in a movie where stuff is exploding, you’ll know I’ve lost all my money.”
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When the news was announced, most fans of the character were not pleased, and Warner Bros. warned the actor of others who received horrible responses who went on to give great performances. Many bring up the late Heath Ledger as one of the actors whom fans were horrified to find out was playing the Joker. He later went on to win an Oscar for The Dark Knight Rises posthumously.
It didn’t seem like a great career move for Affleck, but now most agree after seeing promotional materials such as film stills and multiple trailers that the Argo director was perfect for the role all along.
Director Zack Snyder spoke to People about casting Ben in the role, and admitted that he didn’t get the initial backlash.
“Casting Ben felt like a no-brainer to me. I know that there was some backlash, but he’s just so perfect to me, especially in his size and his age. I’m sure once the fans discover it, they’ll feel the same way I do. He’s certainly got the chops for it, so I didn’t quite get the initial reaction.”
Despite the positivity that’s now surrounding Affleck’s performance, the actor has admitted to Variety that there is some worry about the film doing well financially. “I think there is a ton of pressure on it. I mean I would be bulls—ting you to say there isn’t.”
Currently, the film is projected to make $154 million for its opening weekend. Some were arguing that’s a little low of a number considering how well Star Wars: The Force Awakens did, but others argue that it’s fine for a film, whose main superhero Superman had his own film Man of Steel a few years ago, as opposed to Star Wars, who had fans clamoring for a new film for a decade.
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