Ben Affleck: ‘I can do justice to Batman role’

Posted on 15 August 2014
By Mark Langshaw
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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice star Ben Affleck has declared that he would not have taken the part of Bruce Wayne he if didn’t feel he could succeed in the role.

The Gone Girl actor revealed that he was well prepared for the negative fan reaction towards his casting as Warner Bros had warned him of it.

“[They] 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’,” he told EW.

“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.”

Directed by Man of Steel helmer Zack Snyder, Batman v Superman stars Henry Cavill as the Last Son of Krypton and Affleck as Batman.

Man of Steel stars Amy Adams, Diane Lane and Laurence Fishburne will revist their roles, while Social network actor Jesse Eisenberg will play a younger incarnation of the villainous Lex Luthor.

Affleck’s version of the Caped Crusader will be a seasoned crime-fighter in his mid-40s, with Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns thought to have served as the inspiration for the character.

Set for release in UK cinemas on 25th March, 2016, Batman v Superman will pave the way for Warner Bros’ upcoming superhero team-up project Justice League, which Snyder is also set to direct.