It seems like yesterday when it was announced that Affleck, fresh off of his Best Picture victory at the Oscars for Argo was cast as Batman in the follow-up to Man of Steel. Like every other news announcement on the internet, his casting received a considerable amount of backlash – with many worried that his prior superhero experience with Daredevil would negatively effect the film.
As it turns out, Ben Affleck is one of the most universally-praised aspects of not just Batman v Superman, but the current DC Extended Universe as a whole. In fact, many fans are eager for him to start production on The Batman, which he is directing. Affleck’s capabilities in front of and behind the camera are important Warner Bros. to utilize.
But when you look back on your experience playing a superhero in a critically-panned film, what would influence you to do it again? Well, Ben Affleck felt that playing Batman would’ve been a bit of a redemption for him after Daredevil. During a special discussion on his upcoming film, Live by Night, revealed why he donned the cape and cowl:
“That’s the movie I want to do. I want to be a part of that. Part of it was I wanted for once to get one of these movies and do it right – to do a good version. I hate Daredevil so much.”
Ben Affleck also revealed that he is a fan of Marvel and Netflix’s Daredevil series starring Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock:
“It frustrated me. The Netflix show does really cool stuff. I feel like that was there for us to do with that character, and we never kind of got it right. I wanted to do one of those movies and sort of get it right.”
And if there’s anyone we should thank for helping convince Ben Affleck to be the Batman, thank his son Samuel.
“I was like, “I don’t know if I want to be Batman”, and he was like, “Dad, you have to be Batman.” He’s right. If you can be Batman, you have to be Batman. He still thinks I really am Batman. He thinks I’m in my Batcave right now. Eventually, he will understand, and it will be a steep therapist’s bill, but I’ll take it.”
2017 is shaping to be a promising year for DC – particularly for Batman. For one, we have The LEGO Batman Movie coming out in February, which is surely shaping up to be a delightful love letter for the Dark Knight. Also, Justice League comes out in November, and Batman serving as the League’s leader is certainly going to be entertaining.
You can check out Ben Affleck’s full discussion with TimesTalks in the video down below.