Ben Affleck Admits Batman v Superman Title is Counter-Intuitive

The Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice promotional train is full steam ahead, and stars Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill talked with ABC's Nightline about the film.

"Batman's the most interesting superhero because he's the most human, he's the most like us," Affleck said of his character. He admits, though, that the title takes some getting used to.

"It's counter-intuitive because they're both good guys, A, and B, how could Batman really fight Superman, because Superman's an alien and way stronger and invulnerable?" Affleck admitted.

"If you were to have a straight Batman versus Superman punch-up, we all know who'd win," Cavill said. He noted that the collateral damage of Man of Steel is very important to the film, something director Zack Snyder backed up, that there had to be "consequence."

Affleck's Batman is the oldest in film history, but Affleck still thinks it's "ballsy," and he's excited that his kids think it's cool. Affleck met Christian Bale, the last on-screen Batman, coincidentally at a costume shop... in the Batman section.

One of the biggest challenges? Working out to superhero shape.

"If I have to look as good as [Cavill], I'm in trouble. I worked out for a year to get into superhero shape at my advanced age," Affleck said.

Check out the full interviews above, including Affleck's kids' reaction to seeing "the real Wonder Woman" on set.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters March 25, 2016.

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    • wheelwork
    • 2254 Posts in 20 Months

    Sooo smug. This dude is so unworthy of the cowl.

  1. I don't know much about Affleck's affinity for comics prior to being cast in this role, but someone needs to hand him a copy of The Dark Knight Returns. I'm also not exactly sure what route they're going to go with this, but the entire reason Batman and Superman fought was that Superman wasn't necessarily involved in the pursuit of true justice anymore so much as he was engaged in reinforcing the establishment. Whereas Batman was working outside of the legal system (and thus upsetting the establishment) but pursuing justice. And I hope they keep that element in the film because holy crap does that resonate right now. (I also hope they keep the part where Batman teams up with Green Arrow to kick Superman's self-righteous ass.)

    • Dude
    • 306 Posts in 23 Months

    wheelwork said ... (original post)

    Sooo smug. This dude is so unworthy of the cowl.

    Are you for real, dude?  I am at a loss as to how he comes off smug or unworthy, but then, you tend to hate anything to do with BvS, so I guess it fits.  

    • libra113
    • 393 Posts in 15 Months

    See that is where the casting is brilliant: you have a seasoned, veteran Batman against a novice Superman who is still figuring out the best use of his powers. It's as even as these two could possibly ever be.

    • libra113
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    TheRaisinGirl said ... (original post)

    I don't know much about Affleck's affinity for comics prior to being cast in this role, but someone needs to hand him a copy of The Dark Knight Returns. I'm also not exactly sure what route they're going to go with this, but the entire reason Batman and Superman fought was that Superman wasn't necessarily involved in the pursuit of true justice anymore so much as he was engaged in reinforcing the establishment. Whereas Batman was working outside of the legal system (and thus upsetting the establishment) but pursuing justice. And I hope they keep that element in the film because holy crap does that resonate right now. (I also hope they keep the part where Batman teams up with Green Arrow to kick Superman's self-righteous ass.)

    Well, I (and I think a lot of other Superman fans) have issues with how Superman was handled in that book.

    I don't beleive, for even a second, that Superman would prop up such a clearly fasist goverment.   Hell, there's one scene where the talking head newsreaders get flop sweat over even hinting at saying anything bad about the goverment and, it's been awhile, but I seem to recall one female newsreader getting taken just off camera and being shot for saying something even hinting at being anti-goverment.

    There is no way Superman would allow that to happen or be a party to that whatsoever.

    I Miller confused patroitic for blind alligence and while Superman has been writtent to be patroitic I've never seen him have blind alligence to anyone or anything.

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