Why Ben Affleck Said Yes To BATMAN; Has Also Been Signed Up For "Multiple" Other Movies

In an interesting piece by The Hollywood Reporter, they shed some light on why Ben Affleck decided to play Batman after turning down Man of Steel, Justice League and the Daredevil reboot. They also reveal that sources have confirmed he's signed up for more than one movie!

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By Josh Wilding - 8/23/2013
The Hollywood Reporter have posted a very informative editorial on what it was that led Ben Affleck to say yes to playing the Caped Crusader in Zack Snyder's 2015 Man of Steel follow-up. As you'll see from the excerpt below, Ryan Gosling seemingly turned down the role and it took an awful lot of convincing to get The Town and Argo star agree to taking on the role. However, perhaps the biggest revelation is that the critically acclaimed actor and director has signed a multi-picture deal and that he also declined to direct and star in Fox's Daredevil reboot. If the Batman vs. Superman movie works, expect to see Affleck once again don the cape and cowl for a Justice League movie too!


Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the process began earlier this year when director Zack Snyder had finished working on Man of Steel with producer Christopher Nolan. Snyder and the studio already had ideas for a follow-up, and Snyder reached out to Affleck to check the star's interest.

It's unclear when these talks began. Multiple sources say the studio approached Josh Brolin, as well as other actors. Ryan Gosling was also a possibility, but the actor dislikes the idea of sequels.

But Affleck was curious, and initial talks focusing on story and character began. Once Affleck was satisfied, WME's Patrick Whitesell and Ziffren Brittenham's Sam Fischer began negotiating his role in the Superman sequel. Sources say that Affleck has been signed for multiple other movies. The talks were so secretive that many Warner execs and most WME agents remained unaware of their existence.

On one level, Affleck’s return to superheroes seems bewildering. The Oscar-winning co-writer of Good Will Hunting drew scorn after donning the red suit for Daredevil, and later agreed it wasn't his best work. After he'd recovered and turned in a bravura performance directing and starring in The Town, Fox offered him the chance to direct and star in a Daredevil reboot -- but Affleck turned it down.

More recently, Nolan offered Affleck the chance to direct Man of Steel. Affleck declined, seemingly because of a desire not to return to the world of capes -- despite being an avowed comic book fan.

Because since it’s considered a sequel to Man of Steel and not a Batman movie, any potential underperformance issues won't ultimately land on his shoulders.

The deal also potentially lines Affleck up to star in and direct Warner Bros.' answer to The Avengers: The eventual Justice League movie.
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Elbarto63 - 8/23/2013, 2:25 PM
first!
TheYoungMan - 8/23/2013, 2:26 PM
Greengo - 8/23/2013, 2:26 PM
Chris Rock said he fought for this.role and won.

I wonder who he fought with?
Elbarto63 - 8/23/2013, 2:26 PM
Now, my real comment.

At first, i wasnt very happy with the cast. I'll go watch argo and the town to convince myself. Then, ill judge.
ruadh - 8/23/2013, 2:32 PM
It's pretty tough, but if one can watch Daredevil and pay strict attention to only his performance, and not the style of the editing and directing, or the quality of the writing...he's actually not bad in it. He's been very good in several other movies though.

Screw the haters. They'll see it either way.
MrReese - 8/23/2013, 2:32 PM
He'll do fine.
GuardianAngel - 8/23/2013, 2:38 PM
Jimmy Kimmel as Vicky Vale.


BruceLeroy - 8/23/2013, 2:39 PM
I just don't know if it's a good idea to have Ben Affleck as the face of the Batman franchise for the foreseeable future. We're talking about the Batman solo films, multiple Justice League films, etc. Is this really the best choice WB could've came up with?
3DWitchHunt - 8/23/2013, 2:40 PM
He'll be awesome
Knew he'd sign a multi-picture deal

Thank Odin we did not get Ryan Gosling
GuardianAngel - 8/23/2013, 2:41 PM
Affleck is a talented actor and a great director. I'm more confident in him than I am in Snyder or Goyer... or anyone in Warner Bros. honestly.

I'm just disappointed that they're rebooting it this early.
Reasonnnn - 8/23/2013, 2:45 PM
I'm still skeptical. His best performances in the past decade are State of Play, The Town, Extract and Hollywoodland.
Brainiac13 - 8/23/2013, 2:46 PM
Now Affleck will direct JL!

I'm happy if that happens as well!
McNyagano - 8/23/2013, 2:46 PM
MalteseFalcon - 8/23/2013, 2:47 PM
yes batman 3 movies the riddler freeze and joker and robin
Mike89 - 8/23/2013, 2:48 PM
I'd be happy if Ben Affleck gets to direct either the batman Reboot or JL!
KingMarvel - 8/23/2013, 2:48 PM
Hahahahahahaha man you Guy's are funny with this!
third3ye - 8/23/2013, 2:49 PM
So a factor in his decision was the fact that he wouldn't have to shoulder the entire blame if the movie flops? Not a great sign to start things off.
Bspeiser - 8/23/2013, 2:49 PM
Hard to believe some people would turn down a chance to direct a superman reboot!
Splash - 8/23/2013, 2:50 PM
http://www.aceshowbiz.com/images/still/to-the-wonder-image07.jpg

From To The Wonder. This looks like Batman.
highflyer - 8/23/2013, 2:50 PM
"Ben Affleck will own this role!" Remember those words.
Morbius - 8/23/2013, 2:50 PM
I think he is a good choice for Batman and it will give him a chance to redeem himself.
Moohika - 8/23/2013, 2:50 PM
He kinda played a pre-Batman, criminal Bruce Wayne in The Town.
agentawsume - 8/23/2013, 2:51 PM
He definatly has the look of a Bruce Wayne. But will he pull it off as Batman, is the question
capreborn - 8/23/2013, 2:52 PM
@ highflyer i will
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 8/23/2013, 2:52 PM
Well at least I will always have the comics and animated movies
seantwakafilmyguy - 8/23/2013, 2:52 PM
Let's be honest, guys. With Zack's help producing and Ben directing (or vice versa), we would get a fantastic Justice League movie.
Swiftsword777 - 8/23/2013, 2:52 PM
Beware of the Batfleck BITCHES
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 8/23/2013, 2:53 PM
Doubt he will prove me wrong but if he does, great
Neonzel - 8/23/2013, 2:53 PM
July 17, 2015: I'm ready, are you?
BatManHeisenberg - 8/23/2013, 2:54 PM
This is gonna blow Avenger outta the water! I am so excited for this. If cranston signs on for Lex, and Fitchner for Joker? I will freak the [frick] out. I didn't think of Affleck, but he is an amazing actor. He might be amazing.
highflyer - 8/23/2013, 2:56 PM
@Neonzel, me 2!
Ranger14 - 8/23/2013, 2:56 PM
Umm...that really doesn't tell us anything as to "why" he said yes to Batman.
JR - 8/23/2013, 2:57 PM
I have no doubts in his Bruce Wayne or Bats looks but the acting worries me and I am not scare of the new voice I expect better than Bale interpretation, they supposed to know what they're doing
Mendenhall12 - 8/23/2013, 2:57 PM
I believe in the Batfleck.
gambgel - 8/23/2013, 3:00 PM
@BIackLanternFroggy

great manip. The less we see of his face, the badass he looks (no shade).

Im slowly a bit more confident about him as "Batman". Totally unsure about Bruce.
0bstreperous - 8/23/2013, 3:01 PM
Hate coming from people who wanted some [frick]ing nobody from teen wolf


CherryBomb - 8/23/2013, 3:01 PM
Why are people so mad with this choice?

Affleck was really great in The Town and Argo.
His body was insane in The Town.

Let go of the past, Daredevil is ancient history and actors do have the ability to mature and grow. Which you'd know if you actually saw his recent movies.

It's the same as Daniel Craig as Bond and Heath Ledger as Joker.
Not the obvious choice or even on anyone's radar for the roles but ended up winning critics and fans over.
UrbanKnight - 8/23/2013, 3:02 PM
I'm so hyped for this now!

Nolan is a genius for approaching Affleck to direct Man of Steel. Wish he would of said yes!!!
blacknumber13 - 8/23/2013, 3:02 PM
I assumed he had signed on for multiple films, I am guessing at least 5-7 (MoS, JL 1,2,3 & new Batman 1,2,3). I would also guess that the he has a better chance to direct the new Batman vs Justice League.
If you already have MoS a hit, and if BvS is a hit, why would you change streams mid run. Snyder would do Justice League and Affleck would do The Caped Crusader afterwards
KNIGHT3000 - 8/23/2013, 3:02 PM

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