Batman v Superman producer: Ben Affleck was 'first guy we went to' for Batman

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Nov 18, 2016, 1:12 PM EST (Updated)

In a video interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice producer Charles Roven revealed the real reasons why Ben Affleck was the one they approached to play the Dark Knight, saying he was always their first choice for the role.

After letting slip details about Wonder Woman’s origins on director Zack Snyder’s upcoming sequel to Man of Steel, Roven discussed the casting of Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, saying that the character (influenced by Frank Miller’s seminal Batman story The Dark Knight Returns) will be “much more of a social animal, in the Bruce Wayne incarnation, but he's also a extremely rough guy in the Batman incarnation — very, very, very rough.”

Roven also talked about Christopher Nolan's involvement in the film, and that he had a hand in the casting of the Argo and Gone Girl actor in the superhero flick.

But here's the interesting tidbit about why they chose Ben Affleck to play Caped Crusader to Henry Cavill's Supes.

“He was the first guy we went to, that's who we wanted. We knew that we wanted a very mature Batman, because we wanted to juxtapose him with this very young Superman. So we wanted a guy, who was tougher, rugged, who had signs of life, who had lived a hard life, and we wanted the guy to have chops for sure. So when we went down that list, there just weren't a tremendous number of guys who could carry that. We also wanted a guy with big stature. Ben is 6' 4". Henry [Cavill] is a 6'1". We wanted Batman to tower over Superman. Not hugely, not like a basketball player. Superman needed to 'look up' to Batman. We wanted that dynamic and Ben could do that, easily.”

Have a look at the video interview below:

What do you guys think of the reasons behind the casting of Batfleck?

(THR via Comic Book Movie)