While doing the promotional rounds for Gone Girl, Ben Affleck is talking Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice in the process.
In a new interview with The Sunday Times, Affleck summed up why took the role of Bruce Wayne in one sentence: “To get the exposure to a movie of this scale is an education.”
He hinted that this exposure from Batman V Superman might make it easier to get some of his directing projects going, but he was careful to point out that he didn’t look down on the film, but that his personal tastes covered both art films and good commercial movies.
As far as how he relates to Batman, Affleck revealed they both shared the characteristic of rage: “I think it’s a necessity, historically, in the tradition of these films. For me, anger is so deeply buried and contained that when it does kind of come out, it comes out in stronger bursts. I tend to be respectful, polite, get along, put up with, put up with, put up with … then, when it finally emerges, it’s not something I have a ton of control over. I’m not gonna go into a Wolverine berserker rage, but I do have a, I do…”
Affleck paused to explain this was just a trait of his personality, which he wasn’t proud of but considered a character flaw.
There has been speculation based on leaked footage and released on-set photos that Batman may well bear a grudge against the Last Son of Krypton. Early footage has shown Affleck as Bruce Wayne rescuing people from collapsed buildings, with speculation rife that he may retain anger from the climactic Superman-Zod fight in Man of Steel that levelled most of Metropolis city centre.
Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice is slated for release on 25 March 2016.