Zack Snyder defends Ben Affleck casting: ‘I never liked a small Batman’

Bloomberg Pursuits published a great feature article on Zack Snyder today (his 50th birthday), highlighting his movie career which goes back to 2004 when he directed Dawn of the Dead. It’s worth reading in full, but I wanted to highlight a portion where Snyder defends casting Ben Affleck as Batman:

Some fear that Affleck, a recent tabloid fixture, may not be credible in the role. Snyder disagrees. “Not to be drinking my own Kool-Aid, but I think Ben is a pretty good Batman,” he says. “I never liked a small Batman. Ben’s all of 6-foot-4, and in the boots, he’s like 6-foot-6.” Affleck will also portray Snyder’s kind of Bruce Wayne, a stylish guy in his 40s who lives in a Mies van der Rohe house, has a Mapplethorpe in his bedroom, and drives a green 1957 Aston Martin. It’s the director’s own car.

Snyder’s comments are a slight jab at Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, and even Christian Bale, who were all 6 feet or shorter. At 6-foot-4, Affleck towers over all of them.

Judging by what we’ve seen in the trailers, Snyder may have cast the best Batman yet. Though we won’t know for sure until March 25th — when Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters. Or if you’re lucky, March 21st at the early IMAX screenings!

SOURCE: Bloomberg Pursuits