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Ben Affleck talks a darker Batman and how much work went into bringing Batman V Superman to the big screen

March 12th, 2016 by Phil Robinson Comments


We’re already incredibly excited for the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice but Ben Affleck has piqued our interest in comparing The Dark Knight’s opening scene in the movie to something of a horror movie.

Speaking to the LA Times (via Squareyed), Affleck explained how Dawn of Justice’s dark and ominous tone is a far cry from Batman’s origins on the big screen with Adam West’s 1966 caper.

“Exactly. It’s like out of “Se7en” or “Aliens” or something, which is a really different vibe. My son still watches the Adam West “Batman” [TV series]. It’s a far cry from where it started,” he said. Considering that Se7en and Aliens are both outstanding thrillers that ratchet up the tension like few others, this is a very bold comparison and we’re indeed excited to see how it holds up.

Also asked about the box office and critical pressures which come with making such an enormous movie, Affleck said: “Look, in the broad sense, from a long-term portfolio perspective, Warner Bros. has already won. They own this vast underexploited [intellectual property] that is DC. They’re going to make all these movies regardless. Will every DC movie be great and be successful? No. Would it be good if “BvS” works for them? Yes, obviously. But if any one of the movies doesn’t work, it doesn’t mean it all goes away. “Green Lantern” didn’t work, and Green Lantern is going to come back and work for them.”

“Zack spent two years of his life on this movie, and we put in months and months,” he continued.”We are truly, deeply invested in this movie. We want the movie to be good. We want to be proud of it. I want to make a movie that my kids think is cool. It’s not just us punching the corporate clock. You know, you get up at 5 and go to work at 6 in the morning and put on the suit. It’s not particularly fun and sexy to roll around in a rubber suit fighting a stunt guy.”

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