Ben Affleck on Batman Vs Superman, Daredevil, fan reactions

News Simon Brew
4 Dec 2013 - 06:31

Ben Affleck talks about his Daredevil regrets, and why he overcame his initial reluctance to take on the role of Batman...

Since he was cast as Batman in Zack Snyder's upcoming Batman Vs Superman movie, Ben Affleck hasn't been on the receiving end of a great deal of online positivity. He's talked before about how he was warned that his casting wouldn't create, er, 'a reaction', but in a new Playboy magazine interview (yep, porn mags still get great interview access), he's expanded on it a little, saying "I expected that reaction".

Furthermore, he also said that when he was asked about playing Batman in the first place "I told them I don't see myself in the role and I was going to have to beg off". But that's when Warner Bros asked Affleck to take a look at what Zack Snyder had been working on, and "the stuff was incredible".

What was so special? Well, according to Affleck, "it was a unique take on Batman that was still consistent with the mythology. It made me excited. All of a sudden I had a reading of the character. When people see it, it will make more sense than it does now, or even that it did to me initially ... the idea for the new Batman is to redefine him in a way that doesn't compete with the Bale and Chris Nolan Batman but still exists within the Batman canon".

He added that "it will be an older and wiser version, particularly as he relates to Henry Cavill's Superman character", and that "if I thought the result would be another Daredevil, I'd be out there picketing myself!".

And he saved an extra comment for Daredevil too. "The only movie I actually regret is Daredevil. It just kills me. I love that story, that character, and the fact that it got fucked up the way it did stays with me. Maybe that's part of the motivation to do Batman".

Interesting stuff. Affleck is nobody's fool, and we'll find out in July 2015 just how true his words on the different take on Batman prove to be...

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