Ben Affleck Reveals Whether He And Chris Terrio Came As A "Package Deal" For BATMAN v SUPERMAN
Ben Affleck talks in detail here about signing up to play the Caped Crusader in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and reveals whether or not he and Chris Terrio came as a "package deal" for Warner Bros.
When Ben Affleck was cast as Batman, it generated a fair bit of discussion among fans, but it quickly became apparent that his involvement may have been more as than just a star. There were rumours of him tweaking the script, and Argo (a movie directed by Affleck) scribe Chris Terrio quickly replaced David Goyer once the actor was officially signed up. Talking to Entertainment Weekly, Affleck talked about what drew him to Batman and why the writer is a big part of that. "Initially I took the idea of doing Batman in the abstract. I was sort of uncertain about it. I went in and looked at Zack’s long-term worldview and the take he had on this character. It’s within the kind of canon of Batman, and the part of the Batman canon that he chose and the way that he saw taking it long-term, that was interesting to me. And the partner that he chose in telling this story is Chris Terrio [who won an Oscar for his screenplay for Argo]. Chris Terrio wrote not only this movie, but he wrote Justice League, and he also helped the long-term vision."
"Chris is such a smart guy and so thoughtful and so invested in realism that it really was exciting to me," he continues. "Zack was the guy who is so into the comic books and the fanboy world, and Chris was the guy who did political thrillers and wasn’t a comic book guy. They were sort of perfect compliments to one another. I thought that was a brave partnership on both of their parts, a perfect match, a yin and yang sort of thing. That combination was really exciting to me. So I was really psyched." Confirming that they both signed on to Batman v Superman at the same time, Affleck was then asked if he and Terrio came as a package deal in that one wouldn't have signed on without the other. "No, we were not a package deal at all. We were totally separate components, and this was a coincidence. Obviously we had some history from Argo, but it was just lucky happenstance for me. Obviously, Warner Bros. hired Chris to write Argo before [I signed on to direct], so they knew Chris long ago. I’ve had a long history with him and a successful history with them, and so it was sort of on a parallel track."
Do you buy that or is Affleck just covering up for the fact that he wouldn't have signed up for a Batman v Superman written by David Goyer? As always, se sure to let us know your thoughts below.
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