Ben Affleck Says Realism Is The Key To Batman For Zack Snyder


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Ben Affleck has basically been in hiding since he was announced as the new Batman, but he’s recently emerged from his cave to talk about the new extended cut of Argo that will soon be released on Blu-ray. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly the actor opened up a little more about his upcoming appearance as the Caped Crusader and how he’s excited to work with director Zack Snyder.

Before diving into his thoughts about Batman and working with director Zack Snyder, Affleck was asked about the internet’s reaction to the Batfleck announcement. When asked if he thought his huge Oscar win for Argo meant he had graduated from such knee-jerk reactions from online commentators, the actor says he didn’t think he has. He does think everything before the movie is actually released is just ‘noise‘ though:

No. I mean, that’s the sort of great and terrible thing about this business. Each project is kind of in its own silo, you know what I mean? You do something, it works, people say it works. And if the next one doesn’t, you know, it doesn’t. You don’t get to start ahead because you did well last time. Without getting into the vagaries of the internet and who’s sort of out there being vocal about it, at the end of the day, when you get into the arena of those kinds of movies, these superhero movies, particularly ones that are working with characters that everyone’s known for so long, everybody’s got these strongly held opinions and preconceived ideas about what it should be. I totally understand and recognize that. At the same time, I don’t think projections about something that hasn’t happened yet are all that meaningful. I think at the end of the day, it’s like any other movie or project: You go out and make it great, people will say it’s great. If you go out and miss, you’ll hear about it. The stuff beforehand is kind of just the noise that happens.

batfleckFrom there Affleck was asked about his friend Kevin Smith‘s recent comments about the new Batsuit. After hosting a fan Q&A with Zack Snyder for the Man of Steel Blu-ray and DVD release, Smith was shown a picture Snyder had of Affleck in the new Batsuit. It was revealed that the suit is inspired by artist Jim Lee, but that’s really all we know about it. Affleck dodged the question and instead talked about working with Snyder and how realism is the key to making these superhero movies work:

Well, I don’t want to get too far afield and I’m sure I’ll have time to talk about Batman down the road. What I’ll say is that I really like Zack. From what I’ve seen of what’s Zack is doing, it’s made me very excited. One of the nice things about being an actor in that movie is they show you all the stuff before anyone else gets to see it. So all the sort of world-creation, and the take on the character and the other characters is really exciting. And at the end of the day, the truth is it’s really directors that make movies work or not — especially these kinds of movies, where it’s about the whole world, and a rising tide lifts all ships. And if it all has integrity, if it all has a sense of realism, then it works. And if it doesn’t, than it doesn’t really matter what everyone’s doing [on the screen] because they just look like a bunch of Mexican wrestlers in suits.

So without a realistic approach, Affleck thinks the movie would look like a “bunch of Mexican wrestlers in suits.” That’s a pretty funny thing to compare it to, but we’ve all seen movies that do exactly what Affleck is talking about. With pre-production on Batman vs. Superman already underway, hopefully we won’t have to wait too long before we get a glimpse at what sort of style Snyder is aiming for with Batman. What do you think about the actor’s comments?

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Source : EW