Here's why Ben Affleck says he was 'reluctant' to be Batman at first

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Oct 25, 2013

A lot of people don't want Ben Affleck to be the Dark Knight, and it turns out that, at first, he was one of them.

Affleck is finally beginning to chat a bit about his upcoming role as the Caped Crusader in Zack Snyder's Batman vs. Superman (or Superman vs. Batman; the film still has no official title), and in a recent interview he was willing to reveal what he was thinking after being offered the iconic role. Turns out, at first he didn't really think it was a good idea, but Snyder changed his mind.

"Initially I was reluctant as I felt I didn’t fit the traditional mold but once Zack showed me the concept, and that it would be both different from the great movies that Chris (Nolan) and Christian (Bale) made but still in keeping with tradition I was excited," Affleck said. "Doing something different and new is always tricky and part of the thrill and the risk is that initially it confounds expectations. The truth is, it’s the movie and the execution of it is what all the actors depend on and I believe in Zack’s vision."

As for what exactly that "vision" for Batman is, Affleck wouldn't go into detail, but he did confirm the description of the character put forth by Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara. This Batman is a man who's "tired and weary and seasoned and been doing it for awhile."

"Yes, Kevin described it aptly," Affleck said. "I don't want to go further because I want to be able to capitalize on what is new about this iteration by having it be a surprise to the audience."

So, based on Affleck's comments, it looks like Snyder was after a seasoned veteran Batman from the very beginning, and Affleck -- apparently worried that he couldn't play the same kind of Batman that, say, Christian Bale did -- was eager to try that take. But will it pay off? We'll find out in 2015.

(411mania via Collider)

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