[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.
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