Ben Affleck Plays Batman For His Son

Ben Affleck has revealed why he chose to take the role of Batman in Justice League and Batman v. Superman. The reason is as simple as it's heartwarming; it's all for his son. Though there are reports and rumors, almost weekly, that Ben Affleck is considering dropping out of the role after Justice League or that the upcoming solo Batman movie will be his last, the Oscar-winning actor and director took the role to please his son.

According to Affleck, he wanted to impress his son when he signed on to the play role of the Caped Crusader. Like all parents, Affleck wanted his child to see him as a superhero. Evidently though Affleck's five-year-old boy with ex-wife, Jennifer Garner, was more enamored with another member of the Justice League.

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During an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live, where the host was celebrating his fiftieth birthday, Affleck explained:

Literally the reason I took this movie was imagining that, you know, wearing that costume and -- I have a little boy -- having my son see me. You know? Everybody wants their kid to think of them as a superhero before they get too smart. And I brought a picture to show you. Two weeks ago my son asked me, 'Dad there's one costume I want in the whole wide world. Can you get it for me?'

Affleck then revealed a picture of his son wearing a costume of The Flash, not Batman. Kimmel then proceeded to point out that Affleck's child would make a pretty good Robin, judging by his superhero pose in the photo.

It's a very cute story, which is the point. It's just gratifying to see Affleck have some fun with the role of Batman and how it impacts his life outside of the film. Even if the rumors that Affleck's time in the cape and cowl is coming a close sooner rather than later turn out to be false, it's been rare to see Affleck talk positively (or have fun at all) about being Batman. Even if it's at the expense of himself, at least Affleck is having more of a sense of humor about his part in DC's cinematic universe.

Of course, Affleck's dour attitude in previous press appearances might not be entirely his fault. For better or worse, Affleck's DCEU debut was in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice which was a decidedly dour movie. Affleck taking the role seriously fit the tone of the movie (and character) he was promoting. Batman is an obviously grim character, but there's no reason for Affleck to be quite as dark while promoting the film - certainly not any longer.

With the early buzz on Justice League being that the movie is much more of a fun adventure film, with more obvious jokes and humor, Affleck's lighter attitude is a better fit.

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Source: Jimmy Kimmel Live

Key Release Dates
  • Justice League (2017) release date: Nov 17, 2017
  • Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
  • Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019
  • Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) release date: Jun 05, 2020
  • Cyborg (2020) release date: Apr 03, 2020
  • Green Lantern Corps. (2020) release date: Jul 24, 2020
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