The Internet frenzy over the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel has settled considerably, and the new Caped Crusader spoke out about his initial hesitance to take on the role exclusively with 411mania.com's Al Norton.
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"Initially I was reluctant, as I felt I didn't fit the traditional mold," revealed Affleck. "But once [director Zack Snyder] showed me the concept, and that it would be both different from the great movies that [director Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale] made, but still in keeping with tradition, I was excited."
Affleck elaborated, saying, "Doing something different and new is always tricky and part of the thrill and the risk is that initially it confounds expectations. The truth is, it's the movie and the execution of it is what all the actors depend on and I believe in Zack's vision."
In September, Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara told Variety that Affleck is the "perfect" choice for the role and explained of the character, "[He will be] tired and weary and seasoned and been doing it for awhile." Affleck concurred, saying, "Yes, Kevin described it aptly. I don't want to go further because I want to be able to capitalize on what is new about this iteration by having it be a surprise to the audience."
Finally, when asked who his favorite Batman was, Affleck diplomatically dodged the question, responding, "It has been done very well many times before."
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Also starring Henry Cavill as Superman, the untitled Batman vs. Superman sequel is scheduled to open July 17, 2015.