Batman vs. Superman Movie Update: Ben Affleck, Colin Farrell Say Man of Steel Sequel Will Be Better Than Daredevil
There are a lot of unknowns when it comes to the Man of Steel sequel, also known as Batman vs. Superman. One of the first and most imperative unknowns is how Ben Affleck will transform into Bruce Wayne. Recently, the actor explained why his Batman will be better than his Daredevil.
When Warner Bros. first announced Affleck as the next Batman, many fans were publicly displeased. Affleck said he was prepared for such a reaction and trusted Warner Bros., who said that Affleck coincided with their vision of Bruce Wayne.
"They said I'd fit well into how they were going to approach the character and asked me to look at what the writer-director, Zack Snyder, was doing," Affleck said in an interview with Playboy. "The stuff was incredible."
Affleck insists that fans will better understand the casting decision when they see the film.
"It was a unique take on Batman that was still consistent with the mythology," he said. "It made me excited. All of a sudden I had a reading of the character. When people see it, it will make more sense than it does now or even than it did to me initially."
When it comes to making Batman vs. Superman a success, Affleck's goal is not to compete with Christian Bale's The Dark Knight trilogy performance, but rather to make sure he doesn't end up with another Daredevil on his hands.
"I don't want to give away too much, but the idea for the new Batman is to redefine him in a way that doesn't compete with the Bale and Chris Nolan Batman but still exists within the Batman canon," Affleck explained. "...If I thought the result would be another Daredevil, I'd be out there picketing myself. Why would I make the movie if I didn't think it was going to be good and that I could be good in it?"
Affleck regards the 2003 film as one of the biggest mistakes in his career.
"The only movie I actually regret is Daredevil," he said. "It just kills me. I love that story, that character, and the fact that it got fucked up the way it did stays with me. Maybe that's part of the motivation to do Batman."
Despite Affleck's questionable history portraying comic book heroes, Colin Farrell, who co-starred alongside Affleck in Daredevil, thinks he's up to the job.
"Good luck to him," Farrell told TotalFilm. "I think he'll do a great job. As an actor, I don't know that I know anyone that's improved as much as he has. That sounds like a shit thing to say... I think he'll kill as Batman. I hope he does and shuts the naysayers up."