When news first broke that Ben Affleck would portray Bruce Wayne in the upcoming Batman vs. Superman film, few people were excited. Still reeling from Daredevil, comic book fans weren’t keen on the idea of the actor potentially ruining yet another superhero film. Nevertheless, Warner Bros. will test the waters in March, and we’ll find out whether diehard fans can be forgiving.
During a recent pop-in on TNT’s NBA Tip-Off show, Affleck opened up about where Batman is in his life when events kick off in the film. “[Batman] is a little over the hill, broken. He’s kind of given up,” said the actor/director. “And when Superman shows up, he’s like so powerful that he threatens everything that Batman kind of believes in, and it leads to this conflict. So, it wasn’t like I had to play Batman in his prime, so that was at least the excuse I told myself.”
Regarding complications he experienced playing the Caped Crusader, Affleck said, “For me, the hardest part of this movie and movies like this is the amount of training you have to go into. I saw the first movie, Man of Steel that [Henry Cavill] was in and the kind of shape he was in, and it was kind of intimidating. I was like, ‘oh do I have to look like that? That’s gonna be a lot of work.'”
Affleck also received advice from former Batman actors George Clooney and Christian Bale. During an interview with Good Morning America, he joked, “I talked to Clooney and he gave me some advice which is not repeatable. And I talked to Christian, who just told me to make sure I got a zipper in the suit, which was valuable, practical advice as it turned out.”
Batman vs. Superman will premiere March 25, and DC Comics’ next entry, Suicide Squad will follow on Aug. 5.