Ben Affleck Looks Forward to Batman, Laments ‘Daredevil’

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How did Warner Bros. and director Zack Snyder convince Ben Affleck to put on superhero tights again, after the actor’s disastrous experience with Daredevil? The actor fields that question in a new interview with Playboy, talking about what it was that drew him to Snyder’s Man of Steel sequel.

“When they asked if I would be Batman, I told them I don’t see myself in the role and I as going to have to beg off,” he said. “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. It was a unique take on Batman that was still consistent with the mythology. It made me excited. All of a sudden I had a reading of the character. When people see it, it will make more sense than it does now or even than it did to me initially.”

Of course, Affleck won’t offer any clues about his approach to Batman, other than that it’ll be different from what Christian Bale did in the Dark Knight trilogy.

“I don’t want to give away too much, but the idea for the new Batman is to redefine him in a way that doesn’t compete with the Bale and Chris Nolan Batman but still exists within the Batman canon,” he said. “It will be an older and wiser version, particularly as he relates to Henry Cavill’s Superman character.”

Although Affleck seems excited about playing the Dark Knight, there’s no doubt the actor is taking a risk, given his still-raw feelings on how Daredevil worked out.

“The only movie I actually regret is Daredevil,” said Affleck, clearly forgetting Gigli in the moment. “It just kills me. I love that story, that character, and the fact that it got fucked up the way it did stays with me. Maybe that’s part of the motivation to do Batman.”

(via Latino Review)

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  • Patrick Keely

    I loved the director’s cut of Daredevil. It was not his fault! He was great as Daredevil!

  • Brandon Allen

    I’m with you. The Director’s Cut was very good. I own a copy. Same with the first Ghost Rider. They had the same director, and the alternate versions are much better than the theatrical cuts.

  • Ryan D

    Afflecks portrayal of Daredevil was actually the only thing that was good about the movie… it was EVERYTHING else that blew… He’ll absolutely kill it as Batman,… im pretty positive about this.

  • Darian S. Kovach

    I agree. I’ve told people that for years. The director’s cut of Daredevil makes it, if not a GOOD movie, certainly a much BETTER movie.

  • Sam

    Fuck off Afleck! Daredevil was brilliant!

  • J.B. Mulder

    Daredevil wasn’t absolutely terrible, definitely watchable. Why people think he’ll ‘kill’ as Batman is completely beyond me.
    His record as an actor speaks for itself – mediocre at best. I wish him
    all the best, but wish someone else were playing Batman.

  • Yer Maw

    He was excellent in The Town and Argo. He has the perfect look for Bruce Wayne, and will be the most physically imposing onscreen Batman yet (that’s given the shape he was in for The Town – apparently he’s bulking up further for MOS2). I honestly think he’s as near to perfect casting as can be.

  • Jim Wert

    I agree with others that the studio screwed the theatrical release of Daredevil by removing the actual plot. Take a look at the director’s cut and you’ll see a fun comic book movie that stays pretty true to the source material.

  • tomdaylight

    I thought the theatrical version was a perfectly decent film. Not wonderful or anything, but I don’t think Daredevil is all that wonderful a character to begin with, and it was good enough for what it was. The director’s cut was just baggy, I thought.

  • J.B. Mulder

    I can’t argue with you about one thing – he certainly looks the part. But how many tall white guys with dark hair that could bulk up were available for this casting? I’m guessing tons. For people who care a lot about Batman, there has to be more to it than ‘looking the part’. And to be honest, he doesn’t really fit the ‘older, wiser’ and ‘grizzled veteran’ part at all. Look at his face. He easily passes for someone in his early to mid thirties. I can’t imagine much of a contrast between him and Cavill unless they dye Affleck’s hair gray and use makeup, but then, why cast him in the first place?

    I’ve always seen people say The Town and Argo were good, but he was also the director of those films. His latest acting/non-directing venture, Runner Runner, was not well received to say the least: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/runner_runner/, and he’s not directing this movie.

    It’s just discouraging. It seems like he got the part simply because he’s currently in vogue at Warner Bros. I saw someone else say they probably just gave him the part so they could keep distributing his movies. This is probably true.

    It’s silly to argue about this, but as a Batman fan, I guess I want every version of Batman in every form of media to be perfect, but that’s not even close to the case in comics, why should I expect the movies to be different?

  • hugueknot

    I thought theatrical Daredevil was decent to begin with. Regarding Runner, Runner, Affleck mostly got great reviews, and was typically described as the highlight of a crappy movie. I think Affleck can do this (check out his scary physicality in Dazed and Confused and Mallrats of the Town doesn’t do it for you), but I agree he doesn’t seem markedly grizzled. That said, I can see him playing a smug and cynical (not to say older and wiser) Batman to Cavill’s Superman. Now, how the hell are they gonna make the (beautiful) stick figure that is Gal Gadot into a convincing warrior? I haven’t seen her in anything, but after checking out what little is online I’m worried for her physical health.

  • Tophman

    I have to agree. I’m on the side of the fence that says Batfleck is a bad idea but what’s done is done.

    Incidentally, thanks to the comments here, I did watch the DC of Daredevil and story-wise, yes… it was a heck of a lot better (actually made sense). Seeing Affleck as Matt was okay as he does have the acting chops to show the tormented hero’s inner demons (though he was horrible at playing a ‘blind man’)… however, as Daredevil… it was bad… he was so wooden in the fight scenes (the horrible wire work & cheap CG DD didn’t help). He obviously didn’t move as gracefully as Daredevil ought to be able to. So unless he’s just gonna be standing around as Batman being all menacing, Affleck’s gonna have to do some training imo.

    At any rate, Snyder & company have until 2015 to figure it out.

  • Phil Cady

    I can’t be the only one that liked him as Daredevil?? And Favreau was perfect as Foggy. Everybody else was terrible.

  • TallBoy6t6

    Affleck you da bomb in Phantoms, yo!

  • WB

    “writer-director” Zack Snyder? Aw jeez, nobody told me Goyer was off. Hope this won’t be another Sucker Punch with dudes.

  • Paul

    Won’t be seeing this…don’t believe Affleck to be a particularly good actor. His Matt Murdock / DD was shockingly bad! Wooden, uninteresting & a chore to watch. But the script was crap as well…seriously DD let a criminal die! Matt Murdock – a blind man! – then fights Elektra as Matt Murdock – in public! During the day!! WTF??

  • Kdub

    Daredevil the Directors cut was fine, but the movie sucked because they messed up all the other characters except Daredevil & Foggy. The Kingpin in the comics was devastatingly ruthless , no so in this movie, and they had BullEye a stone nut job…..I’m glad DD is getting a reboot…….he has always been one of my favorite characters

  • Phill A. Sheeo

    Way too early for this. Let the characters breathe some before you smother them with crossovers trying to accidentally score a hit ala the avengers, which was a fluke and is going to be killed with its sequel anyway.

  • Perry Constantine

    I liked him as Daredevil, too.

  • JusticeBringer

    You shot yourself in the foot with your own argument as you acknowledge that The Town and Argo were good and don’t deny that he did a good job in those roles. Therefore, if MOS2 sucks, it’s not because of him. Snyder has poor track record and made plenty of mistakes the last go around. If you’re so worried about the film, look at the director.