Many of us were surprised when Ben Affleck was cast as Batman in [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870), and some were so disenchanted with the decision that they voiced their displeasure all over the Internet.
Case in point: Affleck reading one particularly negative comment...
As it turns out, Affleck has revealed to Entertainment Weekly that he too had doubts about becoming the Caped Crusader:
My first reaction was, ‘Are you sure?’ At the time I was 40, 41, and had just finished Argo, and I felt like ‘This seems like a strange way to get to Batman.’ But Zack [Snyder] convinced me.
Lately, it seems like more and more people are getting on board with the idea of Ben as Bruce. Certainly, Affleck's Batman will be unlike the many live-action incarnations we've seen over the years, as director Zack Snyder has imagined him as older, grizzled, and potentially even more dour than usual.
This refreshing characterization is a challenge that Affleck is up for, and he seems to have really considered how the contextual story will affect Batman's personal struggle:
He really keeps up the image of the playboy, actively. So you have more of a dichotomy which I thought was really fun, and a little sad, like the aging playboy.
It sounds like Affleck has had an amazing time playing Bruce Wayne, but this might just be the first step toward a larger role in DC's Cinematic Universe.
Is this his actual goal?
In the same interview with Entertainment Weekly, Affleck was clear about his interest in directing a big budget superhero movie at some point in his life. His previous work was well-received, and Argo even won him an Academy Award for Best Picture. Still, he recognizes that this world is something a little different:
I thought if I was going to direct a movie like this, which I would like to do at some point, I need to have something of a refresher course of how these movies are done.
This comment comes amid rumors that Affleck is in the running to direct himself in a standalone Batman film coming down the pipes. Perhaps Warner Bros. and DC are waiting to gauge the fan response to Batfleck before giving him a larger role in the franchise, but this possibility has a lot of promise.
It would definitely be different from Nolan's Gotham, but maybe that's exactly what we need right now.
(Source: Entertainment Weekly)