Ben Affleck is currently shooting the sequel to Man of Steel, except for that surprise Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice visit to Comic-Con. He took some time out from the Zack Snyder shoot to talk to EW and share some insight into getting ready physically and mentally for the role of Batman, and also his preparedness for the backlash once he was cast.
In terms of getting into superhero shape, Affleck talked about how he had a vastly different physical look than he did for his previous film -- teased in this Gone Girl trailer.
"I'm right in the middle of shooting now. It's a process that I'll probably have better perspective on when I'm done. I can tell you that every time I do a role, it's the responsibility of an actor to get their physical self as close to the role as possible,” Affleck said.
“And Batman's obviously got a set of expectations that are tough. So I spent a lot of time working out. And it's a far cry from Gone Girl where my character is described as 'puffy and hungover.' I want you to know I worked equally hard at both!"
Then, there are those pesky reactions to the announcement that Affleck would be the Dark Knight. It sounds like the studio was more than ready for him to be mentally prepared, at least.
"Before I took the role, Warner Bros. gave me a bunch of past reactions to casting and said, 'Are you sure you want to get into this? This is part and parcel of these movies now. There's a lot of active fans with a lot of opinions.' To me, having been through a certain amount of that, it doesn't really… Everyone's entitled to their opinion,” Affleck said.
“I wouldn't have taken the part if I didn't trust my instincts in terms of the filmmaking. I think Chris Terrio wrote a terrific script. Zack's a great visual director. And there's an interesting take. I wouldn't have done it if I didn't think I could do it. I have the benefit of a lot of that understanding."
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice lands March 25, 2016 and also stars Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred and Amy Adams as Lois Lane.
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