Ben Affleck Says He Won’t Play Batman Like Christian Bale
If you were thinking that Ben Affleck donning Batman’s cape and cowl for Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel sequel meant he’d be doing a version of Christian Bale’s famous Bat-growl from the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy, think again.
Affleck told Playboy he’s going to “redefine Batman in a way that doesn’t compete” with Bale and Nolan’s version of the character.
“It will be an older and wiser version, particularly as he relates to Henry Cavill’s Superman character,” Affleck said.
Affleck has said in previous interviews that he had some trepidation about playing the role, and he did so again in the Playboy interview, saying Snyder’s script was what convinced him:
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.
Affleck wasn’t totally convinced to take the role in large part because he still feels bad about 2003’s Daredevil, which he regrets more than any other movie in his career. More than Gigli. He said he’s not going to let his new superhero role fall into the same category.
If I thought the result would be another Daredevil, I’d be out there picketing myself. [laughs] Why would I make the movie if I didn’t think it was going to be good and that I can be good in it?