Affleck Talks Batman, Backlash & Boldness

Ben Affleck has spoken once again about his casting as an older and more seasoned Bruce Wayne & Batman in Zack Snyder’s upcoming “Batman vs. Superman” film.

This time the interview was with Playboy and he goes into more detail about the backlash, the initial casting, and ultimately his hopes for the role. Here’s the key excerpt:

Question: What convinced you to take on the role?

Affleck: When they asked if I would be Batman, I told them I didn’t see myself in the role and I was going to have to beg off. They said I’d fit well into how they were going to approach the character and asked me to look at what the writer-director, Zack Snyder, was doing. The stuff was incredible… It was a unique take on Batman that was still consistent with the mythology. It made me excited. All of a sudden I had a reading of the character. When people see it, it will make more sense than it does now or even than it did to me initially.

Question: How will your Batman differ from the others?

Affleck: I don’t want to give away too much, but the idea for 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. It will be an older and wiser version, particularly as he relates to Henry Cavill’s Superman character.

Question: How much did the hostile fan reaction bother you?

Affleck: 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 could be good in it?