I’ve let the idea of Ben Affleck as Batman stew for quite some time and I still feel concerned about the whole thing. Now that I have a clearer understanding of Zack Snyder’s live action super-violent-cartoon come to life, I ‘get’ what could be molded for future expansion into the DC universe. Geek Tyrant posted these quotes from Affleck about taking on Batman:
Do you remember your first thought when the idea of you playing Batman was originally presented to you and was there a tipping point in your decision making process, a moment where you started to think, “I really want to do this”?
BEN AFFLECK: Initially I was reluctant as I felt I didn’t fit the traditional mold 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.
Al Norton: Warner Brothers CEO Kevin Tsujihara recently said that this version of Batman would be “tired and weary and seasoned and been doing it for awhile”…Is that how you envisioned him as well and what would you add to the description on the Bruce Wayne side of things?
Ben Affleck: Yes, Kevin described it aptly. 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.
I can’t help but envision the animated series and how Bruce Timm’s adaptation of their first meeting sounds a lot like what this version is proposing to become. I’ve always wanted to see this approach to the live action adaptations but I’m hesitant about the whole thing. It almost sounds too good to be true.
Source: Geek Tyrant, 411 Mania