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Ben Affleck Shares Motivations For Playing Batman

Matt McGloin Posted: 09/14/2014 - 20:00 COMMENT


New Batman, Ben Affleck, talks about what motivated him to take on The Dark Knight in Batman Vs. Superman.

Affleck tells the Sunday Times of the UK that he donned the cape and cowl in part in hopes of being able to develop some of his more independent films, which is similar to what other actors have done with big roles such as George Clooney and Clint Eastwood.

“I hope it’s true,” he said with half a smile. “You’re always thinking about the momentum you’re trying to build in your career. There are dual thought processes - on the one hand, you’re going, ‘What’s interesting to me?’ On the other hand, you’re thinking, ‘How do I give myself the opportunity to do those things?’ And that calculus, I think, consciously or subconsciously, is part of any career though process.”

Ben Affleck also says that taking on something new helps keep him in line.

“That terror when I’m about to start something can be motivating,” he said. "It helps me kick my a-- into gear, because I think, ‘Oh my God, I’m gonna ruin the movie, I’m gonna not know what to do.’ That’s definitely a good, driving factor for me. My theory is that once you lose that, you’re kind of going downhill.”

When Ben Affleck was announced as Batman, the internet nearly exploded. As mentioned above, Affleck is harder on himself and doesn't care much about what the critics or fans think.

"I don’t worry too much about what other people say about me versus my own ideas and standards, what I’d like to do," he stated. "Particularly given that when I set out, in 2002 or so, to be a director, if I had listened to all the things people said about whether or not I’d be successful and what kind of movies I’d make, I never would have done it. It was a really good lesson in self-determination and trusting my instincts."

Affleck can't talk much about Batman Vs. Superman, but it is brought up the actor has previously played roles that make him fit for Batman, as the roles required "rage."

"I think it’s a necessity, historically, in the tradition of these films," Affleck said regarding Batman. "For me, anger is so deeply buried and contained that when it does kind of come out, it comes out in stronger bursts. I tend to be respectful, polite, get along, put up with, put up with, put up with … then, when it finally emerges, it’s not something I have a ton of control over. I’m not gonna go into a Wolverine berserker rage, but I do have a, I do… that is an interesting thing that you point out. That’s my personality."

"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" has a March 25, 2016 release starring Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Ray Fisher as Cyborg with Callan Mulvey, Holly Hunter and Tao Okamoto in new character roles for the film. Justice League is to follow directed by Zack Snyder as well.

For more news on the "Man of Steel" and related movies head on over to the Cosmic Book News Superman movie hub.