One thing we didn’t see coming was Zack Snyder casting Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Batman vs. Superman. It was certainly one of the most polarizing casting decisions made this year. But when Warner Brothers CEO Kevin Tsujihara started to describe this iteration of Batman and said that it would be completely different from the rest because he was “tired and weary,” the casting decision made more sense.
With the actor shooting David Fincher’s Gone Girl, Affleck had some time to talk about Batman, his initial reluctance to take the role, and how his take on the character will be a surprise to the audience.
Speaking to Al Norton and 411Mania.com, here is what Affleck had to say about his character:
Al Norton: Do you remember your first thought when the idea of you playing Batman was originally presented to you and was there a tipping point in your decision making process, a moment where you started to think, â€œI really want to do thisâ€?
Ben Affleck: Initially I was reluctant as I felt I didnâ€™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, itâ€™s the movie and the execution of it is what all the actors depend on and I believe in Zackâ€™s vision
Al Norton: Warner Brothers CEO Kevin Tsujihara recently said that this version of Batman would be â€œtired and weary and seasoned and been doing it for awhileâ€â€¦Is that how you envisioned him as well and what would you add to the description on the Bruce Wayne side of things?
Ben Affleck: Yes, Kevin described it aptly. I donâ€™t want to go further because I want to be able to capitalize on what is new about this iteration by having it be a surprise to the audience.
Well that last answer is something you would expect to hear when the film hasn’t even begun to shoot its scenes with their principal actors. We’ve already known that this Batman will be “tired and weary.” But that can’t be the surprise that Affleck is referring to. Clearly, he is aware of the expectations that come with being the Batman, and hopes that he can live up to them.