Ben Affleck On The Mythology Of Batman & Playing An Older ‘Burnt Out’ Incarnation Of The Character

We are only a few short months from the highly-anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice hitting theaters and promotion for the film has fully kicked off. While speaking with USA Today, Ben Affleck briefly chatted about his new incarnation of the Dark Knight in the DC Extended Universe.

It’s been well known that director Zack Snyder didn’t want a young Batman for this film and Affleck commented on the matter and describe the character as “a guy who had been through that experience already for many years and was kind of burnt out and asking himself what the point of it all was and going through an existential crisis.”

Affleck then went on to comment on how he sees the character of Bruce Wayne as the mask and cowl worn by Batman. This led the actor to concentrate primarily on the man versus the myth when playing this new incarantion of the character. 

Batman is covered up by a suit and sometimes a car and sometimes a lot of vehicles and weapons, whereas Bruce Wayne is much more naked — it’s just you and a suit of clothes. You can’t really play Batman because Batman is different things to different people. We project our own things onto the mythology of what Batman is, and he has to be able to be projected upon. With Bruce Wayne, you have to bring something distinct and new and different.

Personally, Ben Affleck’s Batman is the thing that has me the most excited about this film. His comments constantly show that he definitely understands the character. But what do you think about Affleck’s comments? Let us know your thoughts in the section below.

Source: USA Today

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