In a recent interview with Cineplex Magazine, Ben Affleck, who is currently promoting his new movie Live By Night briefly discussed his role as Batman in the DC Extended Universe. Affleck was introduced as Bruce Wayne in Batman v Superman and will reprise the role later this year in Zack Snyder’s Justice League.
With the negative critical reception to Batman v Superman, the whole DC creative team seem to be taking a lighter tone, and Ben Affleck explained to Cineplex exactly how that change will impact his character.
“Justice League, you probably saw the teaser that came out of Comic-Con; I thought it is nicely emblematic of the kind of minor tone shift and segue in storytelling, It’s a little bit lighter, the characters are a little bit more comfortable in themselves, so they can express a wider array of emotions. And there are just more people in it, so it’s more fun. It’s all of these different characters bumping up against each other and the team dynamic offers a lot of dramatic possibility.”
Affleck then went on to discuss how his portrayal of Batman is different from previous actors. We’ve seen so many great stars in this role, so it’s exciting to hear how Affleck is making the character his own and giving a different spin on the Batman.
“It’s different in terms of tone and, obviously, just a different actor. I think the most profound difference is that I’m playing the part at an older age than those guys were when they played it, and it’s about a guy who’s had a long life of this experience, rather than someone who’s just setting out on the journey to become this guy. He’s older and wiser, I guess. And he was pretty pissed off in Batman v Superman, but now it’s not about finding revenge in Justice League, it’s about protecting the Earth. So the feel is different.”