Actor Ben Affleck is apparently going behind the scenes on the Justice League movie!
According to Deadline, the longtime actor will serve as an executive producer on Justice League: Part One. In addition to his acting role as Bruce Wayne and Batman in the highly-anticipated film, this means that Ben Affleck will also work behind the scenes alongside director Zack Snyder.
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The Hollywood Reporter states the Justice League film essentially “legitimizes Affleck as a creative voice in the moviemaking process.” Affleck will reportedly “fine-tune the script” along with his Argo screenwriter Chris Terrio.
Over the years, there has been a growing number of actors that have driven the Batmobile on the big-screen, including Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, and Christian Bale.
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However, Ben Affleck seems to be taking a very different approach to his tenure as the Dark Knight. Instead of just focusing on his on-screen performances and portrayal of the Caped Crusader, Affleck is apparently adding his own touch of award-winning creative film-making and screenwriting into the equation as well.
In addition to winning an Oscar for co-writing Good Will Hunting with his childhood friend Matt Damon, Ben Affleck also won Best Picture for Argo in 2013.
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However, the fact that Ben Affleck is adding a brand new factor behind-the-scenes during his tenure as Batman is not the only new addition. The age and overall persona of the Dark Knight in Batman v Superman is one that has never been shown before in previous movies.
According to the New York Times, that is exactly what Zack Snyder wanted from this particular version of Batman when he was choosing Superman’s adversary for this follow-up film.
“I wanted a Batman who had been Batman for 20 years… a war-weary Batman. When you start thinking about the actors in that range, we came to Ben pretty quickly. He’s a big guy. I’ve always been a fan of a large Batman.”
The age of Ben Affleck’s version of Batman was not the only difference that distinguishes the character from previous portrayals. His overall mentality and emotional status were also changed drastically for the Batman v Superman story. Affleck stated in an interview with the New York Times that Batman lived “in this gray zone.”
“He’s more broken, not slick. He’s filling the hole in his soul with these increasingly morally questionable nighttime excursions – fighting crime as well as by being this playboy… You wonder, is this healthy?”
Affleck’s Batman v Superman co-star Henry Cavill (who played Superman) claimed that “there’s some real pain buried” in Batman that is “covered with scar tissue.” Cavill further explained that the “bitterness” that is obviously seen within Affleck’s Batman “can go down a bad road” if it is not dealt with properly.
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Therefore, this particular version of Batman is perhaps nothing like what directors Tim Burton, Joel Schumacher, and Christopher Nolan had in mind within their respective franchises.
As for his relationship with Warner Bros. Pictures, it is no secret that Ben Affleck has a solid bond with that company. Sue Kroll, president of the worldwide marketing and distribution for the studio, reportedly went as far as saying that they “are in the Ben Affleck Business.”
“He needs to be able to do what he needs to do thrive as an artist. His schedule is clearly a very aggressive one, and we have him very busy.”
Whether you were a fan of Batman v Superman or not, the fact that Ben Affleck has been given such a prominent role within the DC Cinematic Universe in such a relatively short period speaks volumes about the studio’s confidence in him as an actor and as a filmmaker.
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