Ben Affleck made a big decision when he signed on to become Batman in the DC Extended Universe, and it turns out the reason he took the job is pretty simple.
Affleck was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live, where he showed a clip from of Bruce Wayne, played by himself, interacting with the Flash, played by Ezra Miller. Affleck reflected on the great chemistry the Justice League stars had with each other on set and how uncomfortable his Batman costume is before revealing why he decided to put the suit on in the first place.
“Literally, the reason I took this movie is imagining wearing that costume and I’ve got a little boy and having my son see me,” Affleck says. “Everybody wants their kid to think of them as a superhero before they get too smart.”
That plan may have backfired a bit, as Affleck explained to Kimmel.
“My son, two weeks ago, said to me, ‘Dad, there’s one costume I want in the whole wide world. Can you get it?’ And I said, ‘Ya know, I have some connections.’ And then he told me who he wanted to be.”
Kimmel then took out a photo that Affleck had brought with him of his son dress up like Ezra Miller’s Flash.
Despite his warm-hearted reasons for wanted to be Batman, Affleck confirmed in a recent interview that he is already considering how to transition out of the role.
“You don’t do it forever, so I want to find a graceful and cool way to segue out of it,” Affleck
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Justice League opens in theaters on November 17, 2017. The film will be followed in the DC Extended Universe by Aquaman on December 21, 2018, Wonder Woman 2 on November 1, 2019, Shazam on April 5, 2019, Cyborg in 2020, and Green Lantern Corps in 2020.