Coming in to the dark … Ben Affleck has explained his initial reluctance to play Batman. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/AP
Ben Affleck was initially reluctant to play Batman in the forthcoming sequel to Superman reboot Man of Steel, the actor has revealed.
Speaking to 411mania.com’s Al Norton, Affleck said he felt sure the role was wrong for him but was eventually won over by the vision presented by director Zack Snyder. He said Snyder convinced him the new film – dubbed “Superman vs Batman” but still officially untitled – would deliver a fresh caped crusader that nevertheless honoured Christian Bale’s performances in the recent trilogy from director Christopher Nolan.
“Initially I was reluctant as I felt I didn’t fit the traditional mold,” said Affleck. “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 movie and the execution of it is what all the actors depend on and I believe in Zack’s vision.”
Affleck confirmed Warner Bros chief Kevin Tsujihara’s description of the new Batman as a “tired and weary” dark knight. “Yes, Kevin described it aptly,” he said. “I don’t want to go further because I want to be able to capitalise on what is new about this iteration by having it be a surprise to the audience.”