Ben Affleck Comments on Being Cast as Batman in ‘Batman vs. Superman’ [Video]

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[Batman Talk starts at 1:42]

WB fast-tracked development on a sequel to director Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel before the Superman franchise reboot had even opened in theaters, but what really surprised the superhero movie-loving masses was when the news broke about how Batman will play a role in the story constructed by Snyder and screenwriter David S. Goyer. We spent the subsequent month speculating about what version of the Caped Crusader will be featured in the movie (and which actor is going to bring the Man of Steel franchise’s iteration of Bruce Wayne to life).

It was then that Ben Affleck was confirmed to play the Bat opposite Henry Cavill as Kal-El, in the Snyder project tentatively referred to as Batman vs. Superman – and now that the Internet has begun settling down (following the initial meltdown over this revelation), it’s fitting that Affleck has finally spoken in public about his casting.

Affleck made an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night in order to promote his upcoming crime drama/thriller Runner Runner, but it didn’t take long for the discussion to make its way onto the subject of Batman vs. Superman (around the 1:43 mark in the video).

The Oscar-winning actor/filmmaker avoided being too specific about what Snyder has in mind, but he alluded to a couple of issues that are now public knowledge: that his version of the Caped Crusader will be getting on in the years, in addition to having the personal traits that many fans associate with an experienced and world-weary Bruce Wayne often featured in comic book form – more cynical and hardened by years of fighting crime, yet sharp-minded and still able to keep up the playboy act – as opposed to, the emotionally and physically-battered older version of Bruce Wayne portrayed by Christian Bale in The Dark Knight Rises last year.

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The backlash against “Batfleck” has been well-documented, so it does make sense that Affleck would’ve quickly decided to just take a break from the ‘Web while so many people suffered a knee-jerk reaction and despaired over this casting announcement – even as others, like Screen Rant’s Andrew Dyce, took some time to explain why “Batfleck” could be a good thing.

Moreover, credit where credit is due: the folks over at WB knew well-enough that Snyder’s pick would be controversial, so they went ahead and provided Affleck with archived reading material to show that he’s far from the first rabble-rousing casting in superhero movie history. However, only time will tell if Affleck will follow the example set by his fellow controversial Batman pick Michael Keaton and defy the negativity in response to his casting.

Are you onboard with, against or still withholding judgement on “Batfleck” at this stage?


Man of Steel 2/Batman vs. Superman will open in U.S. theaters on July 17th, 2015.

Source: Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

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  1. Now I’m just curious… and hoping.

    • +1 Hoping he rocks it

    • I think he’ll do just fine, now that the shock has passed. He’s a good actor and I think they’ll do just fine.

  2. I’m confident his portrayal will be amazing. :D

  3. Over time I have become fully on board!

  4. The good thing about this upcoming movie…we don’t get another rehash of Batman’s origin. Just get right to it.

    • Yes! Origin stories are great, but the fact is they really aren’t all that necessary – especially if the origin story has already been told… many, many times…

  5. dang it!! cant load the video at work! I wanna see what he says


  7. I for one am willing to give him a chance.

  8. I have faith in Zack Snyders casting. He has remarkable casting. Remember Watchmen? Great cast. I imagine he will follow up the Man of Steel with a worthy supporting cast. But if he doesn’t and it’s a total flop, then his career will be over. Choose wisely Snyder.

    • You know I hadn’t considered that all his movies have been cast very well haven’t they. 300 had an awesome cast, Watchmen was perfectly cast, I have yet to see his iteration of Dawn of the Dead but from what I heard its got a great cast too.

      He must have a real good reason for casting Affleck. I hope he’s awesome.

      • I highly highly recommend Dawn of the Dead – very good film but check out the director’s cut…

        • No one ever mentions sucker punch lol

        • Dawn of the Dead…my favorite zombie film! I once worked in a big shopping mall (several,, in fact), and can relate to alot in the movie! Fun times!

    • If M. Knights Shaymalan’s career isnt over yet, then floping MOS vs Batman wont end Snyders career.

  9. Ben looks and sounds like a man in charge of his life
    who is not afraid to follow his instincts despite critics.

    After once being reduced to tabloid fodder and to then turn
    image on its head Ben will have no trouble slaying the naysayers.

  10. As long as he doesn’t BatLisp™.

    • Love how that’s trademarked. It is honestly the only problem I have with any of Nolan’s batman movies.

  11. Something tells me Ben Affleck could have twerked Jimmy Fallon and people would still be saying, “Now I’m on board!”

  12. Is Batman going to talk with his hands like that? I think I prefer the growl.

    • It’s okay, you can still pleasure yourself to pics of Christian Bale.

      • You mean the Christian Bale performance as Batman in three blockbuster movies? You should try it Cave-ish. A lot less fantasy involved.

  13. I believe Ben Affleck would be a great batman can’t wait too see it in 2015

  14. I want to see one person admit that they over-reacted, when they heard the news of Affleck getting the Batman role.

    • You likely won’t. Thankfully, many of us simply felt confident in this casting from the beginning.

    • I didn’t freak out or anything but I was very skeptical initially.

      After reading all the articles here on SR about the potential reasons behind the casting and the positives and his comeback story as an actor and director I’m more and more excited about the choice.

      Maybe he’ll direct JL :D:D:D

      • Yeah that would be what I think most fans will be less concerned about if were to direct it.

      • Actually, it makes more sense that Zack Snyder direct The Justice League.

        He’s building up.

        MOS, Batman vs Superman and then Justice League.

        Snyder knows how to work with an ensemble cast (Watchmen) and obviously has the technical and aesthetic mind to create an awe inspiring JL.

        Affleck seems suited to write and/or direct his own Batman flicks.

    • What? You mean it’s 2015 already and Ben Affleck did an amazing job as Batman?

      By “over-reacted” do you mean not lavishing his performance with premature praise?

      Who’s going to be admitting (or not admitting) anything in 2015?

    • I’ll admit I was wrong when I see the movie.
      As of now I’m still not particularly happy about the casting (mostly because I think there are better suited actors out there), but I DO hope I’m proven wrong and more than anything I want Affelck to crush it, come 2015.

  15. You can already tell he is bigger. His suit doesn’t fit properly but that’s on purpose I bet. I can’t wait, I think he’ll be a decent Batman. He makes a great Playboy / Corporate Titan Bruce Wayne.

  16. Lose some weight and get in shape first.

    • Wow. THAT was obnoxious.

      • Not meant to be. It’s what the people that don’t like the idea of him being Batman will complain about next. It’s meant to be factual so that they won’ B@#$h about it.

        • Fair enough…it just didn’t come out that way.

          • I apologize. I am a trainer and I can see it in his face. The same thing happens to me and most men. It shows there when we take time off of working out. I do love the way the guy carries himself if that helps.

            • No apologies (at least, to me) are due. Your point is logical…I simply was thrown off by the brusqueness of your initial comment. :)

              • It’s cool. He looks great when trim and toned though. I loved him in Daredevil. I am sure he will get like that for this role. I also think Synder will really do a number on the costume this time around.

            • If you’re a trainer you should know that if the idea is for him to bulk up, having a bit of extra weight is a GOOD thing. People don’t build up muscle tone by being skinny. That’s why these guys are usually on a heavy diet (and by heavy,I mean they eat a lot) that largely consists of meat and protein.

              • Just to make it clear, I’m not insulting you or saying you don’t know what you’re talking about (that’s not what I think at all), I’m just saying that one’s body can’t build muscle out of nothing…

                • The right type of calories are what is needed and an extreme, gradual, progressive resistance training program.

              • That’s why I stay fat, just in case I need to bulk up for a movie role that will never be offered to me. :)

                • Good thinking sir!

                • I like to keep fit when I can, but right now I also have that look on my face that @cue sees in guys when they’ve taken time off from working out.

                  • lol.

  17. I’m hoping for the best.

  18. I’m down with Batfleck, as with all things it’s down to what the actor is given to play.

    If the script (or Batman’s part of the script) is poor then Ben’s off to a loser before he’s even started.

    This site is full of posts bemoaning Goyer’s dialogue so hopeful John or Chris Nolan will do the script.

    If Synder’s got a specific vision on how he wants Bats to be portrayed and won’t allow Ben to do it his way (if it’s different) then again if it turns out to be awful Ben will take the heat for it.

  19. I’m still on the fence, I like Ben but I have to see some material or even a trailer to trully say that Ben would be a great Batman. Ben seems like a cool dad, that’s most of what I got from that interview.

    • Yeah. He also seemed real worked up. In a good way. I think people just don’t want a repeat of Clooney. Forget the script for a minute. I am just talking about how you could tell it was Clooney under the mask.

  20. I am surprised that this one has not got more posts yet. Probably to early still.

  21. Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    • Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesssssssssssssss! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes!

    • yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees

  22. Leaving Affleck’s casting aside, should the black underpants be kept intact?

    • ?

    • @ marl

      Batman hasn’t worn any “underpants” since Adam West. And that was a loooooooooooooooooong time ago. And they weren’t black they were blue.

      Now if you think Bale’s bats was wearing black underpants maybe YOU are seeing things that you like (?)

      Got x-ray vision?

  23. I really liked the way WB told him how fans would probably react to the casting

    • Yeah. It doesn’t bother him which is good.

      • I don’t know, I honestly sensed that he was actually nervous, or axious to discuss it. It seemed like he was trying to act (unsuccessfully IMO) like it wasn’t on his mind at all until Fallon brought it up, then he was trying to act like it didn’t affect him. And I’m not saying it shouldn’t, but that’s just my observation and take.

        (For the record, I think Affleck, as director has really turned around his career in a major way, but as an actor I think he’s bad to weak and will underwhelm as Batman, especially following a successful trilogy [in terms of GA perception]).

        • I guess you didnt see “The Town” huh.

  24. Film is dead.

  25. This is still a bad casting choice.

  26. Ben – the Man! …. The BatMan!

    • haha.

  27. All I want is a good Batman vs Superman SCREENPLAY. THE BIG BIG BIG problem with Man of Steel was the screenplay. If they could have gotten someone to rewrite it I think the movie would have been received MUCH better. Affleck just rewrite the screenplay after Goyer finishes and BOOM instant classic

  28. It might actually work. I think his Batman will be an improvement over Bales. Bales was too grim.

    Dealing with the idealism of Superman he could occasionally make a cynical comment or two. Mellow him out a little. Just don’t get carried away and make it campy and for gods sake don’t put nipples or a codpiece on the bat suit and have a lot of neon pink in the decor.

  29. I gotta say at first I wasn’t down with Affleck, I was hoping for Jim Cavizel or perhaps Karl Urban BUT now I am fine with it and I hope he Heath Ledgers the hell out of this role. It would be what nobody expected and thus keep Batman as one of the best comic book franchises EVER!