Batman/Superman news round-up
Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon chat about Ben Affleck's casting as Batman, as more details emerge...
The reaction to the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman in 2015's Man Of Steel sequel, the Batman/Superman movie, shows little sign of abating. Inevitably, much of the talk and reaction since has centered on the surprise news that Warner Bros revealed last week.
Morgan Freeman, for instance, has been chatting to USA Today, and his initial reaction to the casting of Affleck was "wow, and good luck". Freeman admitted that "after the [Christopher Nolan Dark Knight] trilogy, I thought that no one would try it again for a few years to let this whole thing die down, because it's still there. So I don't know, I hope Ben does well".
Freeman also admitted that he'd be surprised if he got to reprise the role of Lucius Fox. "If you are going to change the lead character, you're probably going to change all the characters", he mused.
Matt Damon, meanwhile, has been acknowledging the internet reaction to his friend getting the Batman role. But he doesn't agree with the negativity. "I think it will be great. It will be terrific. I know there are a lot of people grousing on the internet, I just think it's kind of funny", he told The Times Of India.
"You know, he's not playing King Lear. It's Batman! Certainly within his skill set. If anybody saw Argo or The Town, and all the work he's been doing lately, it's way more nuanced and interesting and way more difficult than Batman. Batman just sits there with his cowl over his head and whispers in a kinda gruff voice at people. Bruce Wayne is the more challenging part of the role, and Ben will be great at that".
Damon also confirmed that he won't be playing Robin!
Finally, at least for now, it's understood that Ben Affleck has signed on to play Batman in multiple films, rather than just Zack Snyder's upcoming Man Of Steel sequel. This is no surprise, certainly, but Warner Bros has its eye at least on a Justice League film. The Hollywood Reporter states that Affleck is signed on for "multiple movies".
Interestingly, the same piece notes that Affleck was offered the chance to star in and direct a new Daredevil film by Fox (presumably some time before its rights lapsed), and was offered the Man Of Steel director's chair by Christopher Nolan, before Zack Snyder took it on. He remains a possible choice to direct the eventual Justice League film.
Batman/Superman is scheduled for July 2015. More on the film as we hear it.
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