Ben Affleck talks about Batman and whether or not he’ll play the role again
Ben Affleck played the role of Batman in the Warner Bros./DC Comics film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, appeared in the role in Suicide Squad, and returned as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Justice League. Recently, Affleck spoke to DailySabah about Justice League, whether he’ll play Batman again, and his future in the franchise.
Affleck said of his version of the caped crusader: “I like this version of Batman a lot. It was a lot to carry around the danger of being angry and resentful of Superman the whole time, which led to a darker tone. And with this one, Batman is not a Joker and is not as funny, but is hilarious, as the straight man to Flash and other people. That’s a nice dynamic to get to play off of somebody and have a little bit more irony and have a little bit more self-awareness, a little bit more fun with the movie. That was great.”
He spoke about perceptions of Batman versus Bruce Wayne. “I think that is a very interesting phenomenon,” he told the site. “In the movie, we see the most extreme version, which is that we have Bruce Wayne, who is the real person, and Batman, who is really a projection, and he kind of takes advantage of the fact that he is mysterious, unknown, dark, avenging, coming out of the shadows and secretive, which helps him very much. That kind of dual identity helps him do what he needs to do. And the question for me sometimes was ‘What is the real mask? Is Bruce Wayne the mask or is Batman the mask?'”
Affleck also talked about what the future holds for him as Batman. “For me, it’s interesting, and I always evaluate this stuff on the merit of the material. I want to direct a Batman movie, and I never got a script that I was happy with, so they are starting over and writing another script. And right now, I think a lot of different possibilities I think for the way the DC Universe could go, and I will just follow my interests in pursing that. And I know that I love working with this group of people, and it was a real joy for me to make this movie.”
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