Working on an action movie can be physically-demanding for actors, and in some cases it leads to an injury or two along the way. Earlier this year, Harrison Ford was forced to miss two months of principle photography on Star Wars: Episode VII as he recuperated from a broken leg.
While Ford is now set to resume filming, the star of a different highly-anticipated tent-pole project may have hurt himself on set. That would be Ben Affleck, who’s playing Batman/Bruce Wayne in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Star Magazine (hat tip to Batman-News) is reporting that the Oscar winner suffered a shoulder strain as shooting on Batman v. Superman continues. As Star is a tabloid, one may question the validity of their claims, but the video above does indeed show Affleck favoring his left shoulder while speaking with a person who appears to be a doctor (cut to the 55 second mark).
This isn’t the first time Affleck has been rumored to be injured while the Man of Steel followup is in production. When the film was delayed several months back, it was rumored to be as a result of Affleck damaging his ribs while skiing, though a Warner Bros. exec denied that was the case.
The 42-year-old’s shoulder condition seems to be so severe that his stunt double was required to complete tasks such as lifting a small child, as shown in the second set video (above). Affleck was apparently even sent home from the set in order to recover.
Obviously, this setback is nowhere near as serious as the one that sidelined Ford, but fans will no doubt be wondering how this development affects the BvS shooting schedule.
The good news is that Affleck was seen on set just two days after suffering the injury. Medical is advising him to take it easy for the time being, but sources say he “can act” in scenes that feature Bruce Wayne and not the Caped Crusader. It’s just the stunt work that will have to wait.
If true, this bodes well for Snyder and his team, as they are aiming to conclude production this November. By all accounts, Affleck should be able to handle dialogue-heavy scenes that don’t ask for any heavy lifting while the stunt double fills out the Batsuit for the next few days.
Given that Wayne’s face is largely obscured by the cowl, it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world if Affleck didn’t do all of the fights himself. It looks like the show will go on as planned.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be in theaters March 25, 2016.
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