Whilst everyone has chimed in on Ben Affleck being cast as Batman, Kevin Smith hasn’t really said to much… until now. As well as being a long-time friend of Affleck’s, Smith is also a huge comic-book fan, particularly when it comes to Batman. In fact, Smith even has his own weekly podcast, Fat Man on Batman, that is dedicated to the Caped Crusader. So, speaking to AMC, Smith has given his thoughts on Batfleck.
The writer/director said, “In terms of giving advice to play Batman, you put on that rubber mask, you don’t really do a lot of talking, and when you do, people usually bitch because they’re like, ‘I hate that voice!’ – and everyone does the voice! Everyone drops down and [lowers his voice] talks like this.”
Smith added, “So my only piece of advice would be to stay away from that voice. Don’t try to do that Batman voice yourself. I would insist that they work something into the script where, in the cowl, there’s a voice modulator that lays against his voice box and when you hear him speak, it’s this other worldly, sound-mixed, creepy tone that you could fill a room with. When you’re just a guy going, [low voice] ‘I’m gonna beat you,’ you sound ridiculous. But if you’re a guy whose voice is being treated in after-effects and audio, and it has this strange resonance that doesn’t sound like Ben Affleck and sounds more like a Cylon, that would be a little more terrifying if I was a criminal – and answers the question about the stupid Batman voice. So if I was him, my advice would be to push for a voice modulator.”
At present, Batman vs Superman is looking at a 17th July, 2015 release.