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Ben Affleck Was ‘Reluctant’ to Take Batman Role


Ben Affleck’s on-the-record comments about becoming the new Batman are few and far between. Today, we can add some new quotes to the slowly growing pile, as he weighed in on his reluctance to accept the role in Zack Snyder’s developing Man of Steel sequel.

“Initially I was reluctant as I felt I didn’t fit the traditional mold,” he told, “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, it’s the movie and the execution of it is what all the actors depend on and I believe in Zack’s vision.”

Affleck was less verbose when asked about his “tired and wearied and seasoned” interpretation of Batman, as described some weeks ago by Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara.

“Yes, Kevin described it aptly,” he said. “I don’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.”

Affleck becomes Batman in Snyder’s Man of Steel sequel, which arrives July 17, 2015.


  • AirDave

    I’d rather be cautiously optimistic and look at the glass half-full than half-empty.

  • JokersNuts

    Hard to do that when Man of Steel was an odious pile of shit. (at least in my opinion)

  • The One and Only

    I didn’t see any problems with it. It was way better than the stone faced, cold as a carp Reeve films, or needless to say SUPERMAN RETURNS.

  • Frank

    The Dark Knight Trilogy had a great interpretation of Batman but I’m glad they’re doing something different and new. I can’t wait to see Superman and Batman on the same screen. Man of Steel is one of my favorite superhero movies and I hope the second one can be just as great.

  • penguintruth

    Bull. Nobody’s reluctant to play Batman. Somebody asks you to be Batman and you ask, “How soon?” IT’S BATMAN.

  • Mike McTighe

    Yet reviewed as far worse than the first two or SR.

  • TallBoy6t6

    He’s gonna be playing Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns Batman. Probably with some implied history of the Nolan-verse Bat.

  • Jacob De Paz

    That sounds like a shitty combo and idea.

  • CybexAl

    Astounding perception of THE best iteration of Superman on screen or in the comics. Did you really say/write ‘cold as a carp Reeve films’? You must be just trolling …

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  • Adam L

    I agree with The One and Only. I grew up in the 70s reading Superman comic books from the age of 5 onwards and Reeves was disappointing to me when I first saw his portrayal of Superman. He’s been glorified and mythologized but he will never be ‘my’ Superman.