Ben Affleck recently sat down with Entertainment Weekly to discuss his role as Batman in the film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the upcoming Gone Girl. I’ll share the finer points of the brief interview with you. He also lets us know how far they are into principal photography – it sounds like they still have a quite a bit left to shoot! The scale of this unprecedented film seems massive and I can’t wait to see it.
Here’s what Affleck had to say regarding playing Batman:
I’m right in the middle of shooting now. It’s a process that I’ll probably have better perspective on when I’m done. I can tell you that every time I do a role, it’s the responsibility of an actor to get their physical self as close to the role as possible. And Batman’s obviously got a set of expectations that are tough. So I spent a lot of time working out. And it’s a far cry from Gone Girl where my character is described as “puffy and hungover.” I want you to know I worked equally hard at both! [laughs]
On the subjects of fan backlash and Chris Terrio’s script:
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’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. That’s a big part of this international sport. The Fifty Shades of Grey kid or whatever it is. That’s sort of become a thing.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice also stars Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. It opens in theaters March 25, 2016.
Source: Entertainment Weekly