Ben Affleck isn't much of a talker. When it was first announced that he was to pick up the black bat mask following Christian Bale in the Dark Knight trilogy, Affleck kept quiet and barely gave any interviews.
Some fans of the superhero were up in arms with the casting choice, while others were quick to defend. But Affleck, along with his Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice co-stars Henry Cavill and Gal Gadot, simply remained quiet, wanting the haters and fans to watch the film and see for themselves.
Affleck recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly to discuss his excitement for the new Batman movie, explaining the dynamic between Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman.
He describes how he envisioned his Batman:
"What I wanted was to create a Batman that was sort of at the end of his rope physically and psychologically and emotionally, a guy who was beaten down by the world, a guy who was a little bit more of a slugger, who has more gray in his hair, and who was questioning whether the whole journey that he lived as Batman was in fact even worth it, given that he was not superhero, but now had to face a super-being, which none of the other Batmans had to confront in the movie world. It’s an interesting thing to combine, because in the Nolan Batmans, which are the defining Batmans — so magnificent — there are no other superheroes. It’s just this guy. He never has to reconcile who he is with this idea that there are all these other people who can do these supernatural things. Having to confront that and having to deal with that is my contribution to the character."
He also explained how his own anger toward himself might be part of the reason why he has such a negative outlook on Superman:
"Yeah, he’s projecting in some ways his own sense of failure, his own sense of disillusionment, his own cynicism onto Superman, having at one point been certainly much more idealistic about what he was doing. He’s also always been kind of a dark guy. You can’t go out at night and avenge crime the way he does, obviously, without a darker view of the world, but you can see that this probably contributes in some degree to the greater cycle of violence. And that doesn’t put an end to crime. There’s a line about weeds just cropping up and criminals are like weeds, you just pull more of them and they grow back. He’s very disillusioned and very bitter."
When it comes to Wonder Woman, however, Batman feels very energized by her:
"It inspires in him the idea that well, if there’s one of these kinds of people out there, then maybe there are in fact more. If there are more, then maybe that’s hopeful and also terrifying to him, because then they could make humans even more powerless — or they could serve on our side. You’ve got to remember that Batman is the world’s greatest detective, and if he suspects that there may be more, and if he suspects in particular that Diana may be somebody special, he gets inspired."
Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice hit theaters this month on the 25th.
[Source: Entertainment Weekly]