Ben Affleck Talks BATMAN V SUPERMAN Role; Praises Zack Snyder And Chris Terrio's Vision

Ben Affleck (Bruce Wayne/Batman) talks here about the expectations which come with taking on a role such as this, and then goes on to praise writer Chris Terrio and director Zack Snyder's vision for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice as well as the importance of honouring the source material...

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By Josh Wilding - 8/14/2014

The initial response to Ben Affleck being cast as Batman was met with a mixed response to say the least (#BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck trended worldwide for days). While many fans embraced the decision to cast an actor who had turned his career around both in front and behind the camera, others simply could not see past performances in the likes of Daredevil and Gigli. When EW recently got the chance to catch up with the Gone Girl star, they were quick to quiz him on what it was like to see such a vocal response. "Before I took the role, Warner Bros. gave me a bunch of past reactions to casting and said, “Are you sure you want to get into this? This is part and parcel of these movies now. There’s a lot of active fans with a lot of opinions.” To me, having been through a certain amount of that, it doesn’t really… Everyone’s entitled to their opinion. I wouldn’t have taken the part if I didn’t trust my instincts in terms of the filmmaking," he added before praising this new take on the iconic DC Comics character. "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. But also, everyone is entitled to their opinion. That’s a big part of this international sport. The Fifty Shades of Grey kid or whatever it is. That’s sort of become a thing."

However, Affleck hasn't allowed some of the negativity to bother him, and he is in fact happy that those who care so much about Batman want to see him handled properly on the big screen. "You know what? It’s great that people do care that much," he told the site. "They want to see the movie that much. And it is incumbent on you to honor the story. There are the Greek myths and these are the American myths. The American myths are these superheroes. People care about ‘em 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." It's hard to fault anything he's saying here, and what we've seen in the officially released images of the suit and the leaked footage from the San Diego Comic-Con (not to mention photos of Affleck on set as Bruce Wayne) have undoubtedly led to sceptical fans becoming far more supportive of "Batfleck". 

"I’m right in the middle of shooting now," Affleck revealed when talk turned to his experience so far playing the Caped Crusader in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. "It’s a process that I’ll probably have better perspective on when I’m done. I can tell you that every time I do a role, it’s the responsibility of an actor to get their physical self as close to the role as possible. And Batman’s obviously got a set of expectations that are tough. So I spent a lot of time working out. And 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! [laughs]" A lot has been made about just how buff Affleck's Batman looks, so this should come as very good news to fans (and perhaps something to worry about for Henry Cavill's Superman when the Man of Steel battles it out with Batman on March 25th, 2016). What do you guys think? Share your thoughts in the usual place!
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Pasto - 8/14/2014, 7:13 AM
.......*Poker face*
JoshuaGraham - 8/14/2014, 7:18 AM
I should have known better, i should have copied my comment and waited for the previous article to be taken down so i could paste it in here.
AXE - 8/14/2014, 7:19 AM
niceeeeee
Pasto - 8/14/2014, 7:19 AM
I wonder where batarmor's article went...
SuperCat - 8/14/2014, 7:20 AM
Doopie - 8/14/2014, 7:21 AM
I hope he nails it. I hope they all nail it. He can finally put to rest the memories of Daredevil should all go to plan
Doopie - 8/14/2014, 7:22 AM
I saw that other article but it was deleted by the time I clicked, then this appeared....suspicious much?
TheRationalNerd - 8/14/2014, 7:22 AM
Been a fan of Ben's casting since day one! Glad to see that it's all paying off!
MrNiklander - 8/14/2014, 7:23 AM
I have this hunch now with Goyer gone now that right now any DC related movie will be [frick]ing amazing
CherryBomb - 8/14/2014, 7:23 AM
Love him. Amazing choice for Ben.
He's become a great fan of film over the years and he does seem to care about the character a lot.
Team Batfleck!
Pasto - 8/14/2014, 7:24 AM
@Doopie
Think we'll just chalk it up to a technical error.
Starfox - 8/14/2014, 7:26 AM
LMAO Josh Wilding strikes again. known to snatch an article up in an instant.
Highflyer - 8/14/2014, 7:26 AM
If you have to go back as far as ten years ago to find bad ben affleck films, then you have some serious issues.
TheDudeRusty - 8/14/2014, 7:27 AM
Terrio was supposed to do a rewrite, he's now written a completely new script and is being courted for JL. WB completely shelved Goyer.
MexicanSuperman - 8/14/2014, 7:28 AM
@Doopie, the power users have to make that money, so taking down other people's articles is nothing to them because they can get away with it.
SuperCat - 8/14/2014, 7:29 AM
Klone - 8/14/2014, 7:29 AM
Thank you for overthrowing The Vile Hack, Terrio.
MexicanSuperman - 8/14/2014, 7:30 AM
@TheRationalNerd, I've been a fan of the Ben Affleck casting since day one too.
Doopie - 8/14/2014, 7:31 AM
yeah let's go with 'technical errors'


I know how this site works and the editors can do as they please as far as I'm concerned - it is they who bring the most quality articles to this site and so there should be some reward for them - otherwise why bother?

I do feel sorry for those who have their articles not only deleted but also replaced by another though. It must be a bit of a kick in the teeth
Starfox - 8/14/2014, 7:31 AM
I've also never doubted Affleck. Just thought I'd put that out there too lol.
MrBlackjack - 8/14/2014, 7:32 AM
I think Affleck said everything that could have been said.
Klone - 8/14/2014, 7:33 AM
I'm sure I was absolutely wrong about the Affleck thing. He looks good as both Wayne and Batman.
ALegendaryPanda - 8/14/2014, 7:33 AM
With Terrio, Snyder, and Affleck working together, I have no doubt this movie and JL will blow our minds. I hope WB can get equally talented writers for the solo movies.
JoshWilding - 8/14/2014, 7:33 AM
The only reason that I took the other article down was because it was completely plagiarised from EW. Whoever posted it had just copied and pasted the interview into some blockquotes and stuck in a single line about the release date. Nothing to do with money, everything to do with quality. :)
FordEl - 8/14/2014, 7:35 AM
@Klone

Lets not even start with that. Im sure its not really that different from the first draft. Rewrites are done all the time even if no new writer is coming in.
Pasto - 8/14/2014, 7:35 AM
Ahhh, got yah. Thanks for clarifying Josh.

*Quickly hustles off thread so as to not piss off the power user*
FordEl - 8/14/2014, 7:36 AM
I take everyone's comment with a grain of salt if they say they were on board the entire. I was one of the few 10 people okay with it.
FirstAvenger - 8/14/2014, 7:37 AM
If Affleck likes the script it can't be that bad, right?
Starfox - 8/14/2014, 7:38 AM
Ah I see. My bad @Josh ;)
ALegendaryPanda - 8/14/2014, 7:41 AM
I remember when Ben Affleck was first announced as Batman.... chaos... pure chaos.
Lemons - 8/14/2014, 7:41 AM
Hahaha Goyer left in the dust.
FordEl - 8/14/2014, 7:42 AM
@blackandyellow

I'm not saying it was in particularly Affleck's case but in general some stars can't start with the best movies in the world because ultimately they want to be noticed. They can't be too choosy yet until they can up their reputation and demand by people.
Doopie - 8/14/2014, 7:42 AM
No offence Josh but there have been many times when editors have directly copy and pasted an article from somewhere else so as to be the first to put it up, only then to adjust things and add their own words. Could this have not been the case for that other article? I don't know how long it was up and didn't get to see it but if you give people a chance, maybe even a heads up, then they could adjust accordingly to get the required quality.

I'm not calling you a liar but it seems easier to straight up delete an article rather than help out some other user
FordEl - 8/14/2014, 7:43 AM
@Lemons

He wrote the first draft and still has story credit. But the final draft they are using is Chris Terrio's
MrBlackjack - 8/14/2014, 7:44 AM
It was crazy when Affleck was cast. You had some people rooting for him with a fierce passion, a couple other people wanting to rip his head off in rage, and then there were those who were preparing the rope and chair for themselves.
TheUltimateSuperman92 - 8/14/2014, 7:44 AM
i was one of the few who supported him as Batman and I've always wanted him to play the role because he embodies Bruce Wayne I am just curious about his Batman voice
MrBlackjack - 8/14/2014, 7:47 AM
It's looking more and more like when Terrio was given permission to do a rewrite, he burst through Goyer's front door and said

then he burnt Goyer's script on a stick, like marshmallows, except marshmallows have more substance.
TheDudeRusty - 8/14/2014, 7:47 AM
@FordEl
I'll take your claim with a grain of salt as well.
McGee - 8/14/2014, 7:48 AM
Doopie wants to stir shit!

JoeMomma29 - 8/14/2014, 7:48 AM
I think Snyder is a genius in the visual dept. but I am so happy that Terrio came in and rewrote the script. Hopefully they will keep this guy around to rewrite other people scripts etc.......
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