Inquirer caught up with Ben Affleck this week in NYC while he was promoting his new movie Gone Girl. Naturally, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was quickly brought up during their conversation. Affleck talked about his experience shooting the new superhero movie, and what it’s like working with a visual director like Zack Snyder. Check out an excerpt from the Inquirer interview below:
At the Comic Con in San Diego, you looked very stern.
That’s my stern Batman look (laughs).
How grim is shooting “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice?”
“Batman” has a great script. It has a very talented director (Zack Snyder), a really strong, smart, robust and experienced studio behind it, so it’s very exciting.
Zack is always such a ball of energy. What is it like working with him?
Zack has more energy than anybody I know. He works as hard as anybody. He’s in the gym in the morning and storyboards every single shot, which is a huge amount of work. So everybody knows what’s going on. He’s got enormous visual talent. I stand there and he sets up shots. We do the blocking and…I see a shot from Zack and I think, I never would have thought of that.
He is so visually inventive so that’s quite pleasant. Action movies take a lot of days and involve a lot of stunts and visual effects—that combination and the story has its own challenges but I’m enjoying it.
What I’ve learned from Zack in the movie are the cutting-edge visual effects—what we’re able to do now and how you integrate that into a story. He’s very gifted.