Ben Affleck on the Difference Between His Batman & Christian Bale’s

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Ben Affleck on Difference Between His Batman and Christian Bale Ben Affleck on the Difference Between His Batman & Christian Bales

Batman vs. Superman won’t hit theaters for another year-and-a-half – which means we likely won’t be seeing any official footage or imagery for at least another year – and yet news and rumors pertaining to the film seem like a daily occurrence. Before Thanksgiving, Warner Bros. registered potential titles for the film; yesterday, Man of Steel star Henry Cavill talked about Ben Affleck being cast as Batman; and earlier today, Affleck himself discussed his excitement for the project.

Now, in a separate interview, Affleck has talked even more extensively about being cast as Batman, arguably the most popular and recognizable superhero the world over. Why did he decide to take the role, knowing full well that the response from fans might be cruel? What differentiates his Batman from that of Christian Bale’s in The Dark Knight trilogy? Which regrettable movie is he trying to make up for by taking part in Batman vs. Superman? Read on to find out.

Courtesy of Mike Fleming and Playboy Magazine – via Latino Review – Ben Affleck talked about why he eventually agreed to play the Caped Crusader, despite his early resistance to the role:

“When they asked if I would be Batman, I told them I don’t see myself in the role and I was going to have to beg off. They said I’d fit well into how they were going to approach the character and asked me to look at what the writer-director, Zack Snyder, was doing. The stuff was incredible. [...] 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.”

So what is it about Ben Affleck that fits so well with Zack Snyder’s vision of Batman vis-a-vis the world of Man of Steel? I have to confess, while I think Affleck has been great in plenty of roles and will almost certainly do well in Batman vs. Superman, I don’t typically associate him with words like “old,” “tired,” and “weary.” Sure,  at 41, he’s a decade-plus older than Cavill, but he’s a youthful-looking guy. He’s not particularly grizzled or worn or wrinkled.

Batman in Frank Millers Dark Knight Returns Ben Affleck on the Difference Between His Batman & Christian Bales

Grizzled Batman

Which isn’t to say that he can’t play grizzled. You certainly saw a more weary and hardened individual in his performance as Tony Mendez in Argo. Still, I think there’s more to this Batman story – like maybe Affleck is still in line to direct the inevitable DC superhero team-up film, Justice League, as was the rumor so long ago.

On how his Batman will differ from previous portrayals of the character, particularly Christian Bale’s, Affleck said:

“I don’t want to give away too much, but the idea for the new Batman is to redefine him in a way that doesn’t compete with the Bale and Chris Nolan Batman but still exists within the Batman canon. It will be an older and wiser version, particularly as he relates to Henry Cavill’s Superman character.”

Fortunately, this is what makes Batman such a great character, especially in the reboot-happy world of movies – his versatility. As we’ve written about previously, he’s just about the only superhero who can exist inside of numerous, wildly different genres and aesthetics and tones, and do so with a great degree of success. He can be a sci-fi character, a superhero, a gritty vigilante, the World’s Greatest Detective, a wacky, campy response to the ridiculousness of 1960s comic book tropes, and on and on and on.

Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard that the new take on Batman might be altogether different from Nolan’s iteration – Kevin Smith’s account of seeing the new Batsuit certainly seemed to indicate a complete 180 from the Nolan design – but it’s good to hear it said out loud from one of the principal actors: Zack Snyder and Ben Affleck are definitely not trying to recapture the magic created by Nolan and Bale. This will (seemingly) be a true Bat-reboot, albeit one that doesn’t step on its predecessor’s toes in the process.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner in Daredevil Ben Affleck on the Difference Between His Batman & Christian Bales

Finally, Ben Affleck revealed the movie he most regrets making:

“The only movie I actually regret is ‘Daredevil.’ It just kills me. I love that story, that character, and the fact that it got fucked up the way it did stays with me. Maybe that’s part of the motivation to do Batman.”

While I’m sure Affleck has been/will be paid handsomely for his part in Batman vs. Superman and whatever Batman-related films follow, he does come off as being genuinely interested in making the best movie (and the best Batman) possible. It’s hard not to believe him when he says he thinks the pre-production stuff looks “incredible.”

Weary or not, grizzled or not, this is a guy who clearly didn’t need to sign up to play Batman. Coming off the Academy Award-winning Argo, he could’ve done a hundred other less complicated projects, but something about this one made him want to sign up. Let’s hope that’s a sign of there being something truly “incredible” in store for us. Because let’s face it – if they screw up this adaptation of World’s Finest, it’ll be a while before we ever see a reboot that does it justice.

What say you, Screen Ranters? Are you looking forward to seeing Ben Affleck on the big screen as Batman? Do you want his interpretation to be completely different from Bale’s? Drop us a line in the comments.


Man of Steel 2/Batman vs. Superman hits theaters July 17th, 2015.

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Source: Mike Fleming/Playboy [via Latino Review]

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  1. The Town. Argo. ‘Nuff said about Affleck’s acting AND directing capabilities. He is an excellent choice for Wayne/Batman. You may not like him because of his Daredevil flop – but consider that this guy wrote his way into Hollywood – a great feat.
    Give him a chance. I think that he may surprise you.
    I will eat crow if I am wrong – but I am betting 100% on Ben.

    • No no no Matt Damon wrote Affleck way into Hollywood

      • You don’t know what the hell you’re talking about.

        • Is he your fuuccking boyfriend or something

    • He is a liberal, won’t be seeing it.


      • A liberal Batman!!! Next he will eat tofu to show how much he hates meat. How does that sound? To me, it sounds ridiculously* great. Also, Gotham would be a Californian-like “corrupted” city. It’s going to be awesome to have the Joker and his surfer henchmen destroying Cali-Gotham.
        Just you wait. It’s going to be the greatest movie ever with liberal Batman.

    • His only two half decent movies. ‘Nuff said.

  2. Personally I don’t like Ben affleck in the role of batman. Regardless of which genre or film his character is in. Batman has always had a grim serious don’t take crap from no one attitude. I’d hate to see batman character be belittled just because of supermans story. They need a stronger male actor who gives off batmans persona and I don’t think affleck gives that off at all. Bale was perfect for the role. At least they should off picked someone else who fits the role of the “new version of batman for the BvsS movie.

    • Lol but you don’t mind seeing Batman’s character belittled for the Joker, Bane, Talia or a half assed Catwoman? Have you seen Ben getting buffed up for the role? If by stronger male you mean presence wise have you seen The Town?

  3. Please, Bale needs to be the Batman Forever! The last 3 Batman Begins/Dark Knight movies was awesome with Bale.

    • no just no.

    • Then your standards for Batman are incredibly low. While I loved Batman Begins, the two “Dark Knight” movies fail in giving us a good Batman and imo did nothing to earn the title “Dark Knight”. Mainly due to Bale’s performance. The last one also due to storyline and Johnathan Nolan not giving a f**k about the character of Batman. Which blaringly shows throughout the film. Don’t be blinded by little comic book drops which in the context of the film become an insult to the original comic resource.

      • Just because The Dark Knight didn’t follow the comic books precisely doesn’t make it a disgrace. Yes, Bale’s voice was over the top, but Nolan’s Batman kept the spirit, tone, and edge of the Post-Crisis Batman. The Dark Knight Rises was problematic, but I liked it enough.

    • The Dark Night Rises was trash.

    • Totally agree with you there TheJoker, he made was brilliant at being Batman, but was an awesome Bruce Wayne aswell!

  4. Finnslly there is hope! I hated the Nolan Batman trilogy, too many inconsistencies with the books. Small Bane was awful and his story even worse. Talia died too soon and honestly should not have been there at all. And what the heck was that batman voice! Didn’t sound intimidating at all maybe he sould have watched kevin conroy’s stuff. I hope this will be better an closer to the comic book version of batman. Seeing the (non-armor) batsuit makes me feel exited about this. I’ll bet on affleck becoming the true face of batman on the big screen.

    • I am sorry but i have to disagree. Nolan’s take on Batman focused on making Batman’s story more realistic if anything else and hence he left or changed the characters in the comic that were too bizarre like mr freeze and he changed how the joker came to be by using scars instead of that chemichal that he falls in too after his first robbery as shown in the comic books. Regardless it was very well done and I believe the critical acclaim is justified as it brought Batman to the rest of the world not only the comic book enthusiasts. So it is not right to hate on Nolan’s version of Batman if it did not tell the story as the comic books tell it.

      • Well, there is no button for liking or agreeing, but I am definitely in agreement with Halochamp here.

  5. What a load of toff!!! Chris Nolan’s batman rebooted the franchise massively. It’s started a new phenomenon…look at all the comic book films that have followed! You can’t slate the success of Nolan’s adaptation because it was inconsistent with the comics. It’s not an adaptation if it’s the same! Nolan’s franchise was a massive success, don’t take the shine of his vision because it’s not as good as the comics!!! Over and out!

    • The only people that care about the success of his “vision” are those who haven’t read a comic that didn’t come in a collected format that predates the late 90′s. The biggest reason Batman The Animated Series was such a huge success is because his character is consistent with the comics. Box Office success doesn’t mean it’s actually that good. It mainly means that people want to ride that rend so badly just to be apart of something that the collective deems as “cool”.

      • Wow you are movie virgin. Nolan’s Batman is one of the best trilogy of all time and for sure best superhero movie. Read all critics about batman on rotten tomatoes or IMDB and you’ll see that you are all wrong

        • I consider myself a film buff. I’d say The Dark Knight was the only one worth watching, and that’s because of Heath Ledger’s Joker. Bale did nothing for me, really.

        • There was only one good Nolan Batman-movie and that one was a Heathe Ledger one man show….The first (terrible camera) and the third were a wast of time.

          • IMO, ben would definitely change those haters’ opinion, bale’s performance were hugely helped by ledgers joker, no armor batsuit is a new breakthrough, let’s just wait and see how this new batman would do

  6. Plz ben Affleck plz just stop this stop what your doing. .and I don’t mean jUst this I man everything is all just awful ..plz stop making movies…I’ve never enjoyed one of ur movies..but plz don’t play batman ur going to kill my childhood.ill pay u not to play him n..

    • I agree…. pliz Affleck, dont do this… you will kill batman for so many…
      Just said NO is not for you…. PLIZ you just do normal staff, you are not enough for tihs tipy of roles… you dont have de face, the talent, the body…. JUST DONT DO IT.

      • why don’t you go play the character yourself???/….please batman has always been a brooding type character and if u watch afleck’s films u’d see he is right for the character…plus he has the batman ‘jaw’ too.

  7. What ridiculous comments. Some of you have it in for Affleck and I don’t think you even know why anymore. Just caught up in the hate hype! I bet even if it proves to be a great movie, many of you will still cover your ears and sing “lalalalala still crap, worst movie ever! Lalalala!” Some actors have no hope of pleasing some people, even if they do redeem themselves with a good role!
    Give it a chance and stop making ridiculous “childhood lost” remarks, I mean come on… your childhood? Really?

    • I agree completely. I mean Affleck has been in some great movies(even some great ones, too!). I thin he’ll do perfectly fine.

  8. While I am not thrilled with affleck playing batman I think he deserves a shot he seems to not want to ruin the role and still leave Nolan and bale’s version of batman in tact. It’s funny to see all the hate I remember how many people were against michael Keaton playing batman and turned around after they saw his portrayal in screen. I hope affleck can do the same.

  9. Personally I’m quite excited by the idea of Ben affleck playing this role, physically he is a better fit than bale was, standing at nearly 6’4″ and recently he is built like a tank. I think the point I like to bring up the most when people hate on his casting is the fact that the Internet went so crazy with fans of the movies and comics hating on Heath Ledger’s casting… That worked out pretty well.

  10. I don’t like the way all of you are saying Ben Affleck is a piece of s***.

    At least give him a damn chance before you lash out like that.

    Think of The Dark Knight, when Heath Ledger was cast as The Joker, all of you and I mean all of

    you went bat-s*** insane. Calling him the worst possible choice for being The Joker.

    Give Affleck a chance, maybe he will shine like Heath did.

    Plus, if Snyder screws us over, we still all have Marvel.

  11. I hope Affleck does well, I was extremely dissappointed in Daredevil, so I am rooting for him as Batman, Affleck for sure has talent, and could be the most talented actor to play Batman, I am rooting for him, he needs some blue contacts, as well as Gal Gadot.

  12. There is no way that bales batman could deal with supes or the new super villains that are sure to follow. Finally we are getting a batman ( like keatons version ) with superior gadgets that weren’t made by morgan freeman.


  14. Ive just seen the superman v batman comic con teaser trailer and i was blown away i think ben affleck will be great as batman i wasn’t sure when they cast him but now im converted! christopher nolans batman is great but after seeing this teaser trailer ben affleck as batman looks way better!

  15. You can’t give chance for this movie. This movie is about do or die. People have been waiting for this movie since years. And changing the character for the most important DC movie and that too Ben Affleck , it’s just suicidal decision. I agree with some of you, It’s just killing batman and co.

  16. Truth be told I don’t think we’ll find anyone that can cast batman as he’s betrayed in the comics I mean let’s be real batman always kicks ass as a very physical character every movie batman can’t even turn there heads and you think this guy can fight superman really so what Ben a big name I can’t see him pulling it off

  17. As soon as I heard the Ben was playing Batman I thought, “That makes sense.” Let’s face it, even if he regrets the film Daredevil rocked. And that was Marvels take on that type of character.

    I like that we are finally going to see any heroes teaming up, and I have heard it will even be three with someone we haven’t seen on the screen in some time. I would like to see some of Daredevil in his Batman, with the brutality of the fights; without killing of course. A little of the composure of Batman we saw in the Arkham games though.

  18. Affleck is Gomer Pyle Batman, much like Clooney was.

  19. Superhero fans remember Daredevil and that’s it. They don’t realize how much Affleck has grown since that film. He is now a top notch director and actor. Totally different beast. He will do well.

  20. Batman without Christian bale is like Rambo without stallion …..

  21. I was not happy about affleck either but I have an open mind about him. In my opinion
    we haven’t seen a worthy batman yet. After a very long period and a lot of bad batman
    movies, Bale was a good batman. BUT not a worthy. I really don’t get the hype about him.
    First of all Batman is a genius ! A kombination of Sherlock Holmes and Einstein.
    Bale as Batman = not even close.
    Second of all Batman is a Martial Arts expert ! Bale was sooooooo bad ! The fighting
    scenes were so boring especially in the las part……
    I mean look at the Marvel movies ! How Black Widow and Captain America are fighting.
    But NO DC has to take Bale without any talent……….
    Heath Ledger made this movie after the first part successful NOT Bale !!

    • Im not looking too forward to the new batman movie just because when I look at batman im not going to see batman im going to see ben affleck…unlike with RDJ in iron man were all I see is tony stark. I’ll still give him a chance because you never know until you see it for yourself. Plus let us not forget -

      “probably the worst casting of all time.”

      “On no, it’s wrong on every level.”

      “This is totally bull. I do not at all like this choice.”


      “And now begins the second downfall of the Batman series… I hope this is all a joke”

      “I am NOT seeing this movie if he is in it.”

      “The Joker is a character that needs an actor with gravity. Not some little twerp who got lucky.”

      These were people’s reaction to heath ledger being casted as the joker and boy did he shut all there mouths with one of the best portrayal of the joker ever. So let us all hope that Ben can do the same!

  22. Hey…I think the producers should follow their instincts and go ahead and cast Dennis Rodman as batman. It would prove to everyone how smart they are. And would also prove they are not racist. Maybe that Baldwin guy…or heck just make Susan Sarandon batman. That would be pure genius, wouldn’t it?

  23. honestly ben afflick should not play the role of batman!it should always be bale!no one can get any better than christian bale hands down!!!!!im pretty sure the batman vs superman will suck without bale playing batmans role.just my opinion

  24. What the hell are they thinking casting Affleck as Batman !?!?!?! It is not gonna work. For the first time in my life I’m going for superman. Get mayor Adam West to fix this s***, he is the O.G. Bale , Keaton, Kilmer rocked it. Come on Hollywood get it to gather your gonna ruin DC’s bad ass. Any real comic book fan will agree. Please he played Dare Devil cuz no one liked him, hell The Punisher punked him for a reason.

  25. Affleck should play superman n Cavill as Batman. Jaw line is not enough to play the DC vigilante

  26. I guarantee you this will be the best batman movie ever filmed. Wait wait wait. This would be if Heath Ledger were in it. No one will probably do better at playing joker than him. That being said, if they bring a wiser batman starring Affleck with a Joker like Ledger, best Batman ever. What people can’t comprehend is a smarter, more thrillingly intelligent Batman who ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS has a plan. ALWAYS. In every situation. If Batman can defeat Superman, you know he has to be one smart ass MOFO. That is the batman I want to see. All of you action crazed fans got ur movies, now I want mine lol I’m sure this movie will be phenomenal!

  27. Ben Affleck be all “I’M BATMAN!!!!!”

    And we be all yeah I’ll wait for the DVD bc I’m not paying for the Blu-ray

    • pfft I’m buying it on dvd. I’ll wait until it’s on the Hallmark channel because that is how much I care about this.

      • REPOST I’m not buying it on DVD. I’ll wait until it’s on the Hallmark channel because that is how much I care about this.