Ben Affleck's Batman is a pretty messed up dude, something which became evident when that trailer revealed that he brands criminals before leaving them for the police. While we already know that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice kicks off with a flashback to the events of Man of Steel from Bruce Wayne's perspective, but when The LA Times mentioned to the actor that his first scene as Batman plays out like a horror movie, Affleck replied: "Exactly. It's like out of "Se7en" or "Aliens" or something, which is a really different vibe. My son still watches the Adam West "Batman" [TV series]. It's a far cry from where it started."
Talk then turned to the success of Deadpool, and the site asked director Zack Snyder how he feels to see an offbeat R-Rated release like that find success. "It's interesting. When I had my initial meeting with Chris Nolan about doing "Man of Steel," he said to me, "'Watchmen' is a movie you made too early." Because that movie was written deep into comic-book culture, as a way of exploring the why of heroes within pop culture. "Deadpool" shows that audiences have now gotten to the point where they can understand the satire of the genre. Before that, audiences were like, "I'm not ready for that. I'm not there yet." He makes a great point, and in all honesty, it's easy to imagine that Watchmen would have been a much bigger box office success had it been released today.
Of course, one big differences between Batman v Superman and Deadpool aside from the rating is how much more money the former cost to make. Asked about the pressures which come with hoping the movie finds box office success, Affleck said: "Look, in the broad sense, from a long-term portfolio perspective, Warner Bros. has already won. They own this vast underexploited [intellectual property] that is DC. They're going to make all these movies regardless. Will every DC movie be great and be successful? No. Would it be good if "BvS" works for them? Yes, obviously. But if any one of the movies doesn't work, it doesn't mean it all goes away. "Green Lantern" didn't work, and Green Lantern is going to come back and work for them."
"Zack spent two years of his life on this movie, and we put in months and months," he continued. "We are truly, deeply invested in this movie. We want the movie to be good. We want to be proud of it. I want to make a movie that my kids think is cool. It's not just us punching the corporate clock. You know, you get up at 5 and go to work at 6 in the morning and put on the suit. It's not particularly fun and sexy to roll around in a rubber suit fighting a stunt guy." Henry Cavill's response to that last bit? "Says you. Whatever, prude."