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Ben Affleck on his "over the hill" and "broken" version of Batman

02.15.2016

The opening thirty seconds of the latest BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE trailer featured Ben Affleck's Batman expertly and brutally taking out a roomful of armed bad-guys. That short sequence has me all the more excited to finally see the film, but even more than that, it's great to see a Batman who can move like that. Previous Batman's have never had any trouble taking on the villains, but more often than not, the Bat-suit seemed to be hindering their movement. After dispatching the bad-guys, Affleck's Batman confesses to Alfred that "he's getting slow in his old age." Getting to play an older Batman was part of what drew Ben Affleck to the role and he spoke a little on how intimidated he was in the beginning during an appearance on this past weekend's NBA All-Star Game Pre-Show.

It was very intimidating, I only took comfort in knowing that I'm playing this version of Batman. He's a little over the hill, he's broken, he's kind of given up, and when Superman shows up he's like so powerful that he threatens everything that Batman kind of believes in, and it leads to this conflict. So it wasn't like I had to play Batman in his prime, so that was at least the excuse that I told myself.

Henry Cavill got in remarkable shape in order to play Superman in MAN OF STEEL and upon watching that film, Ben Affleck realized that he was going to have to undergo a lengthy period of training as well.

For me the hardest part of this move and movies like this is the amount of training you have to go into, I saw the first movie, Man of Steel, that he (Henry Cavill) was in and the kind of shape he was in and it was kind of intimidating, like "I have to look like that?"

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE is set to open on March 25, 2016.

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