‘Batman V. Superman’: Ben Affleck Discusses Why He Took The Role, Henry Cavill Discusses His Version Of Superman, Batman Suit, And Christian Bale Was Considered For A Role

Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice is hyped to the extreme as DC Comics’ next mega hit and the start to the Justice League films. Batman v Superman fans also hope it will ignite another series of films starring everybody’s favorite DC Comics Dark Knight. Ben Affleck has taken the flack and intense scrutiny, not like many others who have once played the caped crusader. Affleck will prove himself in a little over a week, whether he is worthy or not. Ben Affleck, according to Comicbook, partially took the role for one adoring Batman fan…his son.

“He knows that I am Batman. It’s a mixed blessing. He also thinks that for some reason — I don’t know if it’s the color combination or whatever — that the FedEx guy is the Joker.”

Ben Affleck, who just might now be in the running for geek father of the year, also fights The Joker outside his family home.

“Whenever there’s a FedEx delivery, he’s like, ‘Dad, the Joker’s outside. The burden’s on me to go out there and give the guy an extra 20 bucks to pantomime a whole Adam West Kung Fu battle.”

Affleck likely has done these battles with the actual Batman V. Superman suit, since he apparently borrowed it for his son’s birthday party. Ben Affleck’s Batman does not face The Joker in Batman V. Superman, but Affleck’s son does not need to know that. Besides, Batman will face-off with him in the Suicide Squad film soon enough. As for his current face-off with Superman, fans might not know what Superman/Clark Kent that Batman will be facing.

Cesar Romero as The Joker
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According to Henry Cavill, his Batman V. Superman Clark Kent is actually the same Clark Kent from the DC Comics the character hails from.

“It’s more the Clark Kent from the comic books as opposed to the Richard Donner, Christopher Reeve version of Clark Kent. While that character is very much beloved, I feel that this Clark is more in line what that who is a journalist. He’s a reporter. There’s less of that light touch, less of that comedic touch to his performance or his presentation to the world. For Clark, there are very serious issues. Certainly, in this movie, he’s trying to get Perry to say, ‘Look, this Batman guy is a bad guy! Let me tell the story about him!’ He’s trying to use his position as a reporter to make things better without having to resort to the cape. It’s interesting to see. There’s a more serious tone. There’s more presence of a place of importance as a journalist.”

Though it is called Batman v Superman, which makes them rivals for this particular film, Henry Cavill has some sympathy for his Dark Knight rival and his big Batman suit.

“Ben’s got a good sense of humor. He really does.Especially when he’s walking around in his big Batsuit and because he can’t see anything peripherally. He falls over stuff all the time. It’s not his fault. He’s not clumsy or anything. It’s just, unfortunately, a tricky suit to get around in.”

Henry Cavill Discussing Superman
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Cavill’s comments might also be taken as making fun of his DC Comics superhero opponent in Batman v Superman, or a slight jest, but there is a modicum of sympathy there for Batman. Even though, for the sake of the film, they are not exactly friends. Speaking of Batman, though Ben Affleck felt hard pressed to be a good father and take the role of Batman, Christian Bale had the role for three films prior and director Zack Snyder originally was working on a way to bring him into Batman V. Superman.

“Maybe we could hire him to play another part. We did talk about that briefly. I just wanted to hire Christian to play another part to make that obvious. Christian could play, like, Alfred with age makeup. No! Of course not. But you know what I mean. Even people at the studio would say, ‘Who are you getting from the other movies?’ And I was like, ‘Hey, come on guys, let’s all understand, it’s a different world.’ In the Batman universe that Chris Nolan created, Superman would have a hard time existing.”

Christian Bale fans lament that the former Dark Knight will not make a secondary character entrance into Batman v Superman, nor will he play Batman again. Though, there is always a future Batman Beyond series, but Michael Keaton kind of already has that one easily nabbed.

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