Ben Affleck On How His BATMAN Will Differ From Christian Bale’s
One of the biggest questions fans have regarding the upcoming sequel for Man of Steel, aside from which characters will actually be in the movie and what his suit will look like, is how Ben Affleck’s take on the character will differ from those we’ve seen in the past. What we know so far is that this version will be older and more weathered. A stark contrast to Henry Cavill’s newer and more fresh Superman. How the two will interact, or even clash, is yet to be seen. Outside of that, we really don’t know too much, as just about everything we’ve heard has had a grain of salt attached to it.
Production will likely start early next year, so everyone is gearing up for that, including Ben Affleck, who recently sat down for a chat with Deadline’s Mike Fleming, on assignment for Playboy (via Latino Review), where he discusses how his version of the iconic comic book character will differ from that of Christian Bale’s, who brought his franchise to a close in 2012 with The Dark Knight Rises. Not surprisingly, it will be different, but still hold true to canon.
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.
As I said, nothing too surprising. Affleck also talks further about the negative fan reaction that flooded the internet after the announcement was made, as well as what drew him to the role in the first place, saying he wasn’t really interested in the beginning.
AFFLECK: When they asked if I would be Batman, I told them I don’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.
AFFLECK: 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.
In true thespian form, he drops the “you’ll have to wait and see” bit at the end there; I’d expect nothing less. Another little bit of info that was dropped was his disappointment in the Daredevil film he took part it and essentially calls it one of his biggest failures as an actor.
PLAYBOY: George Clooney kept a photo of himself as Batman on his office wall as a reminder of what can happen when you take a role for money and fame. If you had such a photo in your office, which movie would you go with?
AFFLECK: I’d probably have two or three. [laughs] It’d be tough to choose. The only movie I actually regret is Daredevil. It just kills me. I love that story, that character, and the fact that it got fucked up the way it did stays with me. Maybe that’s part of the motivation to do Batman.
Ouch! Well, at least he agrees with the majority of the fans. Though, I implore you to check out the director’s cut! Anyway, The yet-to-be-titled Man of Steel sequel is set to release in the massively over-crowded summer of 2015 and will see Henry Cavill, Amy Adams and Laurence Fishburne all return, with Ben Affleck and a possible large group of new actors- and characters- joining the project.