Although to many of us playing Batman in a Hollywood blockbuster sounds like the coolest job in the world, according to Ben Affleck the reality is far from it. In fact, it's pretty embarrassing. In the December issue of Total Film, Affleck talks all things Batsuit and reveals that wearing his costume was “the most humiliating, ridiculous thing in the world.”
That probably has something to do with the fact he wasn't wearing the actual Batsuit during filming and instead had to don a motion capture suit, which Affleck dubs his “visual effects pajamas." Sounds pretty sexy, no? These PJs offered him the freedom to move around easily, and then the suit was added digitally afterwards. Affleck joked:
“You can move freely, and they can put [the suit] on digitally… It’s a little more humiliating to wear, but it’s easier for the digital effects guys. You can see who the priority is."
This came as a bit of a surprise given that Warner Bros. actually built Affleck's Batsuit and brought it along to Comic-Con earlier this year. But it makes sense, as moving around easily in such heavily armored attire would have been nigh-on impossible.
You may remember that there were some complaints that the CGI costumes in Man of Steel didn't look real enough, but producer Deborah Snyder has clarified that we can expect a much more sophisticated style in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
“We were able to do some much more with the digital doubles in Batman v Superman than we could do before, and that wasn’t that long ago."
Ben Affleck isn't the first superhero to have issues with his super-suit, though. Remember when Malin Åkerman described her Silk Spectre II costume as like wearing a "human condom," thanks to the smell? Delicious. Or Grant Gustin having his The Flash mask actually glued to his face for the first nine episodes?
Or, of course, when Rebecca Romijn had to sit in make-up for around eight hours every day of filming so she could be transformed into Mystique in X-Men.
"You sort of have to go to a Zen place. You have to get into some fairly awkward positions to help out the person who's painting you."
Now that's dedication to a role!