Ok, admit it. When Ben Affleck was announced as Batman, you lost your minds right? I mean…it’s Ben Affleck!!!
Apparently though, the producers had Ben in mind from the moment they decided to make the movie. And the reasons might surprise you.
According to an interview for producer Charles Roven:
“He was the first guy we went to. That’s who we wanted,” said Roven. “We knew that we wanted a very mature Batman, because we wanted to juxtapose him with this very young Superman. So we wanted a guy who was tougher, rugged, who had signs of life, who had lived a hard life, and we wanted the guy to have chops, for sure. So when we went down that list, there just weren’t a tremendous number of guys who could carry that.
“We also wanted a guy with big stature. Ben is 6′ 4″. Henry [Cavill] is 6’1″. We wanted Batman to tower over Superman. Not hugely, not like a basketball player. Superman needed to ‘look up’ to Batman. We wanted that dynamic, and Ben could do that, easily,” he said.
Interesting, so it wasn’t just for acting purposes, but physical reasons as well. We’ll see how it all works out when Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice comes out in 2016!