We have even more from Entertainment Weekly‘s cover story for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. During the magazine’s interview with Ben Affleck, the actor-director reaffirms his hesitation in accepting the role of Batman. “My first reaction was, ‘Are you sure?’ At the time I was 40, 41, and had just finished Argo, and I felt like ‘This seems like a strange way to get to Batman.’ But Zack [Snyder] convinced me.”
Affleck was sold on Snyder’s vision, which depicted an older, Dark Knight Returns-esque Bruce Wayne. His age will be “played up” in Dawn of Justice. “He really keeps up the image of the playboy, actively,” says Affleck, “So you have more of a dichotomy which I thought was really fun, and a little sad, like the aging playboy.”
Another reason why Affleck became Batman is even more interesting. Despite his disappointment in doing 2003’s Daredevil, the now acclaimed actor and director became interested in directing his own comic book movie. And playing Batman would certainly give him a first-hand perspective on how these films work nowadays. “I thought if I was going to direct a movie like this, which I would like to do at some point, I need to have something of a refresher course of how these movies are done.”
Recently, Affleck was rumored to be directing and starring in his own Batman film, which is allegedly titled The Batman and targeting a November 2018 release. And fans have wanted to see an Affleck-directed Batman before he was even cast as the character. Will this come to pass? Only time will tell. Stay tuned for more as we have it.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is scheduled to hit theaters March 25th, 2016. The second installment in the DC Cinematic Universe stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter and Gal Gadot. Zack Snyder directs from a script by Chris Terrio and David S Goyer.