Ben Affleck discusses playing the Dark Knight in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
When it was revealed that the actor, Ben Affleck was going to play Batman in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the Internet nearly exploded. Many people thought it was a horrible casting decision, others thought Ben Affleck would be perfect for the role.
In an interview with the Sunday Times in the UK, Affleck discussed how he approaches his acting career.
“You’re always thinking about the momentum you’re trying to build in your career. There are dual thought processes – on the one hand, you’re going, ‘What’s interesting to me?’ On the other hand, you’re thinking, ‘How do I give myself the opportunity to do those things?’ And that calculus, I think, consciously or subconsciously, is part of any career though process.”
Affleck even discussed how nervous he becomes when starting new projects and the fear of ruining the movie. “That terror when I’m about to start something can be motivating. It helps me kick my ass into gear, because I think, ‘Oh my God, I’m gonna ruin the movie, I’m gonna not know what to do.’ That’s definitely a good, driving factor for me. My theory is that once you lose that, you’re kind of going downhill.”
Ben Affleck also opened up about the Internet’s reaction to his casting, “I don’t worry too much about what other people say about me versus my own ideas and standards, what I’d like to do. Particularly given that when I set out, in 2002 or so, to be a director, if I had listened to all the things people said about whether or not I’d be successful and what kind of movies I’d make, I never would have done it. It was a really good lesson in self-determination and trusting my instincts.”
Affleck also revealed that Batman would be full of “rage”. “I think it’s a necessity, historically, in the tradition of these films,” he said. “For me, anger is so deeply buried and contained that when it does kind of come out, it comes out in stronger bursts. I tend to be respectful, polite, get along, put up with, put up with, put up with… then, when it finally emerges, it’s not something I have a ton of control over. I’m not gonna go into a Wolverine berserker rage, but I do have a, I do… that is an interesting thing that you point out. That’s my personality.”
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters on March 25, 2016 with Zach Snyder directing Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Gal Gadot as Wonderwoman, and Ben Affleck as Batman.