Ben Affleck on the reaction to his casting in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Ben Affleck as Batman in Batman v SupermanWith Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice currently deep in production in Detroit, Ben Affleck has taken a moment out of his schedule to chat to Entertainment Weekly about his role as The Dark Knight, sharing a few thoughts on the negative fan reaction towards his casting…

“Before I took the role, Warner Bros. gave me a bunch of past reactions to casting and said, “Are you sure you want to get into this? This is part and parcel of these movies now. There’s a lot of active fans with a lot of opinions.” To me, having been through a certain amount of that, it doesn’t really… Everyone’s entitled to their opinion. I wouldn’t have taken the part if I didn’t trust my instincts in terms of the filmmaking. I think Chris Terrio wrote a terrific script. Zack Snyder’s a great visual director. And there’s an interesting take. I wouldn’t have done it if I didn’t think I could do it. I have the benefit of a lot of that understanding. But also, everyone is entitled to their opinion… It’s great that people do care that much. They want to see the movie that much. And it is incumbent on you to honor the story. There are the Greek myths and these are the American myths. The American myths are these superheroes. People care about ‘em a lot. And it’s incumbent on you to do a good job and make it as excellent as you possibly can. At the end of the day, the movie’s all that matters.”

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is set for release on May 6th 2016, with Zack Snyder directing a cast that includes returning Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill (Superman), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Diane Lane (Martha Kent) and Laurence Fishburne (Perry White) alongside Ben Affleck (Argo) as Batman, Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious 6) as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) as Aquaman, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Jesse Eisenberg (Now You See Me) as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons (The Borgias) as Alfred Pennyworth and Holly Hunter (The Piano), Callan Mulvey (300: Rise of an Empire), Tao Okamoto (The Wolverine) and Scoot McNairy (Argo) in as-yet-unrevealed roles.

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  • Thomas Rakewell

    Yeah, it says everything when he says Zack Snyder’s a great “visual director”. This is code. He doesn’t say he’s a great director, he doesn’t say he’s a great storyteller or a great artist. He specifically narrows it down to visual director. Which is code for “makes things that look good, and nothing else”. It’s as direct an admission as we’ll ever get, that it’s already going to be another boring film. I’m sure Affleck will give it his best, but he’s in it for the paycheque, is my guess, from this quote. I reckon it’ll be a workmanlike performance, because really, nothing will be allowed to shine under the frenetic all-consuming dullness of Snyder’s CGI punches.

    • Ash Simp

      His comments on Terrio seem sincere. They’ve worked together before and Terrio is very talented so I can see Affleck having the opinion that the script is in good hands so it should all work out.