Ben Affleck’s take on playing Batman

batfleckIn what could be the biggest news of the year, the announcement of the long anticipated Batman and Superman movie was announced earlier this year at the San Diego Comic-Con. About a month later, the Hollywood Reporter made another big announcement: the release date being July 17, 2015 and the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman. With that, the internet nearly exploded with the news, most indicating the poor casting choice. Though many came to defend the decision of casting Ben Affleck, (including NR’s own Robert Galvan), it was largely seen as a poor decision. With that, Ben Affleck himself had doubts before taking the role.

In an interview with Al Norton of, Affleck was questioned about his thoughts when offered the role:

Initially I was reluctant as I felt I didn’t fit the traditional mold but once Zack showed me the concept, and that it would be both different from the great movies that Chris and Christian made but still in keeping with tradition I was excited. Doing something different and new is always tricky and part of the thrill and the risk is that initially it confounds expectations. The truth is, it’s the movie and the execution of it is what all the actors depend on and I believe in Zack’s vision.

Given that Batman is appearing in the Man of Steel sequel, it’s safe to assume it will not follow the Dark Knight trilogy from Christopher Nolan. Since Affleck doubted himself at first given the direction Nolan and Christian Bale left the franchise, Zach Snyder’s vision reignited Affleck’s dream of playing Batman. Kevin Smith has given several interviews about the news of Afflecks casting (I heard it on KROQ’s Kevin and Bean Show) and he’s thrilled.

From Entertainment Weekly:

But more importantly, there are two personal reasons. One I know for a fact: the guys always wanted to play Batman. He loved Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns, and one of the reasons he did Daredevil was because [he thought] they were never going to do another Batman after the disastrous Batman & Robin. So he was like, [Daredevil] is the closest I’ll ever get to Dark Knight Returns.

Heath Ledger’s casting as Joker announcement was met with the same backlash, but he put up an unforgettable performance. If we take Kevin Smith’s word for it, Affleck shouldn’t disappoint either. I for one was against Affleck being cast as Batman, but after seeing this fanmade trailer, I’m actually waiting to see what Snyder can do.

The Superman/Batman movie releases July 17, 2015

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