Even as a top-tier director, Ben Affleck is an often inexplicably polarizing figure. Yet when the guy speaks, he displays a self-aware charm that’s pretty hard to resist.
He’s displaying that charm in talking up Batman vs. Superman, hinting a bit more at what we can expect from his take on the Dark Knight and assuring outraged fans that he feels their pain.
Warner Bros. is using the Man of Steel sequel as a springboard to a Marvel-style shared universe of franchises for its DC Comics heroes. So not only will Affleck and Gal Gadot join Henry Cavill’s Superman as Batman and Wonder Woman, but they’ll both almost certainly get their own solo movies and appear in an eventual Justice League team-up.
When the studio first announced Affleck’s involvement, it cut off what we expected to be months of speculation and rumor as to who would play the rebooted superhero. The actor’s initial reaction to the notion of donning the cape and cowl, it seems, was less than enthusiastic.
“When they asked if I would be Batman, I told them I didn’t see myself in the role and I was going to have to beg off,” he explains to Playboy. “They said I’d fit well into how they were going to approach the character and asked me to look at what the writer-director, Zack Snyder, was doing. The stuff was incredible.