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Affleck Talks Batman Vs Superman
Ben Affleck seems to be everywhere at the moment, with his new film Gone Girl having a healthy stint at the top of the box office, while he appears on various talk shows to plug the film. He has even found time to make a rather lively appearance on Bill Maher’s show, Real Time. However, with all this attention around Gone Girl and his excellent performance in the film, he has also made time to talk about the much-anticipated Man of Steel sequel, Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, in which he says it will NOT be a repeat of 2003’s Daredevil.
Indeed I have regrets about Daredevil,” says Affleck. “I have regrets about all the movies that I don’t think were executed properly. Look, if I thought we were remaking Daredevil, I’d be out there picketing myself.”
“I’m hard on myself,” he continues, “and I have exacting standards and I want to do excellent work and I don’t always succeed, but I think you have to start out with that drive.”
While this is reassuring that if Affleck thought Batman Vs Superman smelt anything like Daredevil, he would run a mile, it’s the talent behind the camera that Affleck seems to be the most assured about.
“It was written by Chris Terrio, who wrote Argo, who’s not a comic guy,” he explains. “And it’s directed by Zack Snyder, who’s an incredibly magical sort of visual stylist who’s steeped in the comic world.”
“And you have this sandwich of talents. I felt very confident about it. I thought it would be nice to make one of these movies really, really good.”
I suppose it will be interesting to see what Terrio does with the screenplay, as someone who is “not a comic book guy.” That might seem like a slightly worrying sign; however, it might just give us a different perspective on the DC universe. Giving the chance for Terrio to implant a more grounded and gritty tone, which, in effect, would suit this new franchise as Zack Synder’s Man of Steel also went for a grounded tone. Also, Terrio is a screenwriter who is both thorough with his research and knows how to construct a tight and thrilling plot, which he proved both these things in 2012’s Argo.
Argo won three Oscars, and one of them was for best adapted screenplay. Another reason to give fans of the upcoming instalment a boost of confidence in Terrio’s ability (if they ever needed one).
It seems Affleck is quite enjoying this comic book movie world, as he went on to praise Snyder for his hard work with the franchise, which he says he has “unlimited energy” and “passion” for. Apparently, his special effects aren’t that bad either: Affleck said Snyder has made “cutting edge” effects for Batman Vs Superman, that have not been seen before in a blockbuster to date.
Some of these “effects” have already been seen by a few lucky fans at a comic con event, in which, on a dark and rainy night, Affleck’s Batman is seen in the full Batman costume, turning on the Bat-signal, which reveals Henry Cavill’s Superman floating in the air. Unfortunately, the teaser has not been made public, so most of us will just have to try and find a blurry YouTube video to view. If you can’t though, check out the full Bat-suite here for a chance to see Affleck’s new pointed ears.
We will just have to wait to find out if all this talk and hype will live up to expectations when Batman Vs Superman is released on its new release date in March 2016.
Let me know below whether you think Batman Vs Superman will deliver on its many promises, which have been made by Affleck.