Ben Affleck has been talking about the pressure of playing Batman but thinks the future is massive for the DC Extended Universe, starting with the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice next March.
“I think there is a ton of pressure on it,” Affleck said of the film, in which he plays Batman. “I mean I would be bullshi@#ing you to say there isn’t.”
Affleck said the press has had a lot to say about the struggles of many Warners’ films in 2015, but predicted that Batman v Superman will help launch a turnaround at the studio.
“You’ll see next year they are going to have a great year,” Affleck said. “They are now developing … probably the single greatest under-exploited IP asset in the entertainment business, the DC comic world. And now they have started to exploit that and you are going to see that blossom. And, when it does, it’s going to be massive.”
The Batman star also praised Warner Bros CEO Kevin Tsujihara for his active involvement in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
“I was really impressed by that and by the intelligence of his notes, and the fact that he cared,” said Affleck. “It was not like some guys, especially at that level, where it would be, ‘We need a franchise movie … we just need a movie with the names ‘Batman’ and ‘Superman’ on it and it doesn’t matter what it is. For him, that wasn’t it. He was willing to take longer to make the movie to get it right to make it a movie of higher quality.”
Affleck is at the beginning of what will be a massive, sustained relationship with DC and Warner Bros, which will see him star as Batman in the Justice League films, while he is also heavily rumoured to be in negotiations about directing and starring in a standalone film about the Dark Knight.
Speaking about the huge expectations of Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman, admitting that there’s a lot of pressure on it to perform.
“We are a very kind of instant gratification culture when it comes to analyzing the film business. And there is a lot of hyperbole involved,” Affleck said. “Nonetheless, there’s a lot of pressure on it. If it doesn’t do well, that will be extremely disappointing.”
But he said he isn’t sure what will be judged as success, concluding: “I leave that to the experts to decide.”