Ben Affleck talks about playing Batman

News Simon Brew 15 Aug 2014 - 07:13

Ben Affleck has been chatting about his role in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice...

Heading to cinemas this October is David Fincher's film of Gillian Flynn's novel Gone Girl. Ben Affleck takes one of the lead roles in the movie, and he's been chatting to Entertainment Weekly as part of the promotional work for that. And inevitably, his role as Batman in Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice has come up.

He reiterated the story about Warner Bros warning him in advance as to how passionate and opinionated fan reaction could be, adding that "everone's entitled to their opinion" and that "I wouldn't have taken the part if I didn't trust my instincts in terms of the filmmaking".

He then said that "I think Chris Terrio wrote a terrific script. Zack’s a great visual director. And there’s an interesting take. I wouldn’t have done it if I didn’t think I could do it. I have the benefit of a lot of that understanding".

So how does he take some of the negativity surrounding his casting? "You know what?", said Affleck, "I think it's great that people care that much". He added that, "They want to see the movie that much. And it is incumbent on you to honour the story. There are the Greek myths and these are the American myths. The American myths are these superheroes. People care about them a lot. And it’s incumbent on you to do a good job and make it as excellent as you possibly can. At the end of the day, the movie’s all that matters".

As for playing Batman, Affleck noted that "it's a process that I'll probably have better perspective on when I'm done", but "I spent a lot of time working out. It's a far cry from Gone Girl where my character is described as 'puffy and hungover'. I want you to know I worked equally hard at both!"

The full interview with EW can be found here

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice arrives in March 2016.

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