Batman is a character that’s been portrayed by many people throughout the decades, with Ben Affleck being the latest actor to don the cowl and get to grips with the Dark Knight. First showcasing his acting skills as the Caped Crusader in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Affleck is now working on the script for The Batman – a movie that, like BvS, takes place in the DC Extended Universe. Also taking the reins as director on The Batman, Affleck is being given a lot of freedom as to where he wants to take his version of the character.
Affleck is perhaps one of Hollywood’s more ambitious and eccentric personalities, and it’s something he shares with his close friend and fellow A-list actor Matt Damon. Though Damon has said in the past he would only play a superhero role if Affleck was the director on the proposed movie, Affleck has more recently ribbed his pal about being able to add his own name to the Batman hall of fame.
Being interviewed on ‘Popcorn with Peter Travers’ earlier this week, Affleck told the host of Damon’s feelings: “He’s very bitter. All he gets to do is Jason Bourne. Just keeps doing it again and again. We get it. He’s had his share. I got ‘We Bought A Zoo’ on a loop in the house.”
He added of the pair’s friendship: “Being friends and having a guy to go through all that stuff with. To have a relationship and have a sense of humour about it, it’s crucial.”
The comments have been a long time coming for Damon, who famously said he passed on the role of Daredevil for the 2003 movie of the same name, only for Affleck to then pick the role up. Unfortunately for Affleck, the film was largely panned by critics following release. He and Damon have been sharing acting-based barbs publicly ever since.
The idea of Damon getting on the big screen with Affleck in a superhero-based flick is actually a very exciting one. The two obviously share a chemistry and relationship unlike many others in the business, so their connection in a movie of this type could go unrivaled. Perhaps Affleck will find a place for his buddy in The Batman script that he’s writing. (Probably not, but no harm in hoping, right?)
For now though, Affleck has got his hands full with his role in Justice League. Set to drop next November, the film will see Affleck’s Batman team up with Ezra Miller’s The Flash, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill’s Superman, Ray Fisher’s Cyborg and Jason Momoa’s Aquaman. The film is directed by Man of Steel and Batman V Superman helmsman Zack Snyder, but aims to improve on the critical reception for both of those DCEU films – uniting the most iconic of DC superheroes on the big screen for the first time, in the process. Let’s hope that Justice League succeeds at doing just that, before Affleck puts his own stamp on the DCEU with The Batman.
Source: ABC News