Sitting down recently for Playboy's 60th anniversary issue (I know, a little weird writing that but hey, it's where the interview came from), Ben Affleck talked all things his career including (of course) his surprise casting as Bruce Wayne/Batman which was met with overwhelmingly negative buzz from the Internet.
Affleck stated that originally, he turned the offer down, until Warner Bros. urged him to meet with director Zack Syner to see what he had planned. After going in to see what the filmmaker had cooked up, the actor-director-writer-producer was instantly on-board:
“The stuff was incredible. It was a unique take on Batman that was still consistent with the mythology. It made me excited. All of a sudden I had a reading of the character. When people see it, it will make more sense than it does now or even than it did to me initially."
In terms of how his portrayal of the character will differ from what Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale did:
“The idea for the new Batman is to redefine him in a way that doesn’t compete with the Bale and Chris Nolan Batman but still exists within the Batman canon. It will be an older and wiser version, particularly as he relates to Henry Cavill’s Superman character.”
Finally, Affleck did bring up his first try at the superhero genre in 2003's Daredevil, stating not only is that film the biggest regret of his career but also, if he felt he would be making the same mistake again, he wouldn't be taking on Batman:
“It just kills me. I love that story, that character, and the fact that it got fucked up the way it did stays with me. Maybe that’s part of the motivation to do Batman. If I thought the result would be another Daredevil, I’d be out there picketing myself. Why would I make the movie if I didn’t think it was going to be good and that I could be good in it?”
Well said there Ben, and a damn good point.
I happen to think Affleck is going to kick ass in the role and will make a lot of people both surprised and taken aback by his portrayal of the character.
Filming for the flick begins spring of next year.