Ben Affleck talks ‘Batman v Superman’, his Batman movie, and more

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Yesterday Entertainment Weekly posted a great interview with Henry Cavill, and today they’re speaking with Batman himself, Ben Affleck.

Affleck cleared something up that has been assumed by many fans — he and writer Chris Terrio were not a package deal. Terrio wrote the script for Affleck’s Oscar winning movie Argo, but he said it was a complete coincidence that the two ended up working on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice next.

Director Zack Snyder was the comic book fanboy, and Terrio, known for his political thrillers, wasn’t into comics. What he brought to the table was a smart way to ground all of this fantasy in a sense of realism. Affleck said that Terrio and Snyder were perfect compliments to each other. In addition to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Terrio also wrote the script for Justice League.

Affleck also gave an update on the solo Batman movie, which he’ll be directing and writing.

“There’s definitely willingness and a will and a desire to make a Batman movie on the part of Warner Brothers. It’s in development, and right now I’m really focused on finishing Live By Night. That’s where my focus is, and I tend to be a one movie at a time guy. So, when I’m finished with this movie, I’ll then focus on my next movie and figure out what that will be.”

Here are some highlights from the Entertainment Weekly article, and you should definitely check out the full thing at the source link below.

Your Batman has been doing this for more than a decade or so, maybe even longer than that. But he doesn’t feel like things are better. Is Batman projecting some of his own anger toward himself on Superman?

Yeah, he’s projecting in some ways his own sense of failure, his own sense of disillusionment, his own cynicism onto Superman, having at one point been certainly much more idealistic about what he was doing. He’s also always been kind of a dark guy. You can’t go out at night and avenge crime the way he does, obviously, without a darker view of the world, but you can see that this probably contributes in some degree to the greater cycle of violence. And that doesn’t put an end to crime. There’s a line about weeds just cropping up and criminals are like weeds, you just pull more of them and they grow back. He’s very disillusioned and very bitter.

He had a Robin at one point, and we don’t know exactly which Robin that was, but we learned he died.

He’s bitterly disappointed in the past that he’s lost this guy who fought by his side. That character’s death must have been devastating to him, and he’s suffered. We get the sense that he’s suffered a lot of devastating losses before this movie even starts.

How does Wonder Woman play into Batman’s thinking? Because we learn that she’s been doing this for ages – much longer than him. And if she’s not jaded …

It inspires in him the idea that well, if there’s one of these kinds of people out there, then maybe there are in fact more. If there are more, then maybe that’s hopeful and also terrifying to him, because then they could make humans even more powerless — or they could serve on our side. You’ve got to remember that Batman is the world’s greatest detective, and if he suspects that there may be more, and if he suspects in particular that Diana may be somebody special, he gets inspired.

SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly