Ben Affleck is keenly aware of the fact that many of you are not thrilled about his casting as Batman in the upcoming Zack Snyder feature Batman vs. Superman – but the actor is doing the best he can to help allay those concerns.
Bat-fleck has now taken his case to the public in a Playboy interview in which the actor talks about his motivations for donning the cowl, his realization that the fans aren’t entirely on board with him landing the part, and what he thinks of Daredevil. We’ve gathered some of the best quotes for your perusal.
To start with, Affleck was aware of what he was in for when he signed on. He tells Playboy that Warner Bros. actually showed him some of the fan reaction to earlier casting just so he’d know what to expect out of the gate.
“I understand I’m at a disadvantage with the Internet. If I thought the result would be another Daredevil, I’d be out there picketing myself. [Laughs] Why would I make the movie if I didn’t think it was going to be good and that I can be good in it?”
The key word there is “thinks” – because it’s safe to assume that Affleck thought he was going to be good in Daredevil, and we all know how that turned out.
Speaking of the Man Without Fear, the actor reveals it’s the one role of his career he regrets the most.
“The only movie I actually regret is Daredevil. It just kills me. I love that story, that character, and the fact that it got f****d up the way it did stays with me. Maybe that’s part of the motivation to do Batman.”
Interesting that he regrets Daredevil more than Gigli – but maybe he has fond memories of that whole “Bennifer” thing…
At least part of the reason fans are so up in arms about the casting is because Affleck is the first actor to don the cowl in the wake of Christian Bale. Fans loved Bale in the Nolan Batman films, so Affleck has some giant shoes to fill. However, he also feels that the Batman in Snyder’s film is a new take on the character and won’t really be comparable to Bale’s performance anyway.
“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.”
This matches up with early reports that Snyder’s film would feature a Dark Knight who’s older and maybe even quasi-retired from actively fighting crime. While Affleck doesn’t look old enough to be collecting Social Security, it’s not too hard to imagine him playing that version of the character.
For more insights from the interview, swing on over to Latino Review, which was gracious enough to transcribe the whole chat. After you’re done there, let us know what you think about these comments. Has Affleck soothed your concerns are you still ready to take up Internet pitchforks and storm Warner Bros. to protest this casting?
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