When it was first announced that Ben Affleck was the new Batman, the response was apathetic at best. Although initially many doubted the actor's suitability for the role, as more promos have been released showing Batfleck in action, those opinions are changing. Fast.
And it even took Affleck himself "some convincing" to decide to take on the superhero role, according to an interview with Premiere. However, it was director Zac Snyder's vision for the Dark Knight that won the Oscar winner over.
A Perfect Script
The gritty and battle hardened interpretation of the Caped Crusader was a result of Snyder's desire to keep as close to Frank Miller's source material as possible. And it appears the director's skill really impressed Affleck. He said:
"Zack is an incredibly visual director. One thing that sometimes doesn't make sense will when it is turned on the monitor, it's sublime. It inspired me every day.
"This script is great, there was not a line to change in the dialogues. And I can tell you this is rare."
It's important to note that regardless of the opinion of Affleck's acting ability, he is an acclaimed producer who is responsible for Oscar winning movies Good Will Hunting and Argo. For someone of his calibre to feel no need to alter the script is a great indication.
A Physical Challenge
In the same interview, the 43-year-old was asked what the most challenging aspect of donning the Batsuit was, explaining that far from the bat-voice or chemistry with on-screen arch nemesis Henry Cavill, the challenge was of a different nature. He added:
"Honestly, it's the physical side. Because other actors have given everything before the public's expectations about what a superhero should look like, which are virtually impossible to achieve. I had to build muscle for a year for this film, it was a crazy job."
"If The Script Is Good, I Am On It"
The countdown to the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (trailer above) is well underway, with only three more weeks to go until its release on March 25th. Judgement will be reserved until then to say where Affleck ranks, but if a success, he would be willing to play the role again. When asked, he responded:
"Theoretically yes, if the script is good, I am on it"