Kevin Smith Talks Batman Vs. Superman And His Buddy Ben: Hans Zimmer Not Sure If He’ll Score The New Movie
It seems that the internet has finally calmed down after a few days of Batfleck outrage. While most people were either positive or neutral about Ben Affleck being cast as the next Batman, there was a VERY vocal minority who went around the internet rioting like Los Angeles after a Lakers win..or loss, except the only thing overturned by the keyboard thugs was maybe a soda. Well know that the fires have been put out, folks are starting to talk about what we could potentially see when Henry Cavill and Affleck cross paths. One man who has been very happy with Batfleck has been Kevin Smith. The writer, director, and man about town has been talking about his buddy Ben getting the coveted role.
If you’re a fan of Kevin Smith, you know there are two things he loves: Batman and Ben Affleck. Now that his two loves have come together, Smith is over the moon. Digital Spy posted a few words the director had to say about Affleck:
This was a guy that I worked with for the first 12 years of my career, a lot of people say the best years of my career, so to see that guy take the big role, take the mantle of Batman, one of my favorite characters on the planet, that’s kinda dope. I’m not saying I made Ben Affleck who he is today, but I made Mallrats with him [and] Chasing Amy, Dogma.
So Smith is essentially a less evil Ra’s al Ghul, having helped train and shape Affleck in his early years. One of the things Smith is excited about seeing on the big screen is Batman and Superman trading blows. Smith touched on why Batman vs. Superman or Superman vs. Batman would be a good title for the film while appearing on KROQ‘s morning radio show (transcript via ComicBook.Com):
Batman Vs. Superman, you put that in the title, versus those two characters, everybody’s going, My mother will go. She’s like, ‘I didn’t know. I thought they were friends. I want to put money down to watch them fight.’ They just want to see those two characters fight, man. That’s it. That’s what’s going to capture everybody’s imagination.
The beauty of Batman is we aspire to be a Batman, because Superman you can’t aspire to. We can never be an alien from some other world with god-like powers, but Batman we can all be in some small way. The idea of I’m just a guy putting on a suit trying to do the right thing, and then if you take that guy and pair him up with a god, you have a battle of a man versus a god. And somehow that man is going to hold his own. We all know that he cannot beat Superman physically, because none of this stuff is real. But if you buy into it, and realize they can’t beat each other, you respect the fact that Batman is going to have to beat Superman by his wits. He’s going to have to be as smart as possible to defeat the undefeatable foe so that means probably developing some form of Kryptonite or something like that. So that’s what would draw people into the web of intrigue of a Batman Vs. Superman.
One thing that connects the old Batman and the new Superman is the music. Hans Zimmer has become the DC guy, having scored all the recent Bat films as well as Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel. The fan-favorite composer essentially already has the Batman vs. Superman gig, if he chooses to do it that is. Speaking with Red Carpet News, the composer said that he has to think about whether or not he wants to take on a new Batman. He praised the choice of Affleck noting the actor has a “great chin,” but he’s not so sure he’ll be doing the music. I think he will end up doing it, he just doesn’t want to get bombarded with questions yet. What do you think?