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Henry Cavill comments on the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman in Man of Steel sequel

Dec. 2, 2013by: Paul Shirey

Much has been made of Ben Affleck taking on the mantle of the bat for the MAN OF STEEL sequel, currently being referred to as BATMAN VS SUPERMAN, but we haven't heard anything from ol' Supes himself, Henry Cavill...until now. Total Film has an exclusive sound bite clip from Cavill who comments eloquently on the casting of Affleck, citing the actor's tenacity and style as a show of his dedication to such a career-defining role as Batman.

Here's his quote (video below):

"I'm sure he'll be fantastic, above all else, and as a filmmaker he's got his own style, you know, he's not copying anyone else. And he's also sort of been tenacious in his career. He's had ups followed by downs and now he's very up again and I think that requires and shows a very special strength of character, and it's something I enjoy working with because jobs like this require a strength of character. They require a dedication to the work and a belief in oneself and Ben has that, clearly."

I haven't had any issue with Batfleck since the announcement and look forward to seeing what he brings to the bat table. Cavill sums up a lot of what many supporters have said since the beginning and I think it's dead on. Affleck knows humility and has fought hard to get back in the trenches, but has done so on his own terms and I admire that, personally. He's been an interesting and surprising talent to watch, especially when you look back on where he started up to where he is now.

BATMAN VS SUPERMAN is set to open on July 17, 2015.

Extra Tidbit: Just for the sake of beating a dead horse, who would you rather have play Batman?
Source: Total Film

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4:21PM on 12/03/2013
looking forward, bring it! Best Supes. Wasn't thrilled at Ben as Bats at first, but that wasn't because I hated him or anything... ..was only I wasn't expecting him , was expecting someone relatively new and unknown. Sort of like Cavill. Loved Cavill as an actor since the Tudors.
looking forward, bring it! Best Supes. Wasn't thrilled at Ben as Bats at first, but that wasn't because I hated him or anything... ..was only I wasn't expecting him , was expecting someone relatively new and unknown. Sort of like Cavill. Loved Cavill as an actor since the Tudors.
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12:17AM on 12/03/2013

I FOUND THE NEW LEX LUTHOR!!!!

I don't normally post off topic but does anybody know who Josh Blacker is, just saw his bald ass on Almost Human tonight and he is perfect. Smug, Arrogant, Smart, Ruthless. I want my finders fee!
I don't normally post off topic but does anybody know who Josh Blacker is, just saw his bald ass on Almost Human tonight and he is perfect. Smug, Arrogant, Smart, Ruthless. I want my finders fee!
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9:50PM on 12/02/2013
Both are bad choice.they got looks but no charisma.Cavill's acting is pretty bad in MOS.didn't buy him as Superman.snyder's casting choice sucks and its ruining DC superheroes.pity them
Both are bad choice.they got looks but no charisma.Cavill's acting is pretty bad in MOS.didn't buy him as Superman.snyder's casting choice sucks and its ruining DC superheroes.pity them
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9:50PM on 12/02/2013
Both are bad choice.they got looks but no charisma.Cavill's acting is pretty bad in MOS.didn't buy him as Superman.snyder's casting choice sucks and its ruining DC superheroes.pity them
Both are bad choice.they got looks but no charisma.Cavill's acting is pretty bad in MOS.didn't buy him as Superman.snyder's casting choice sucks and its ruining DC superheroes.pity them
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9:50PM on 12/02/2013
Both are bad choice.they got looks but no charisma.Cavill's acting is pretty bad in MOS.didn't buy him as Superman.snyder's casting choice sucks and its ruining DC superheroes.pity them
Both are bad choice.they got looks but no charisma.Cavill's acting is pretty bad in MOS.didn't buy him as Superman.snyder's casting choice sucks and its ruining DC superheroes.pity them
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8:47PM on 12/02/2013
I'm firmly in the "give Affleck a chance" camp and am waiting for images of him in the Batsuit, and hearing his take on the voice, to be sold on it. Re extra tidbit: Jim Caviezel.
I'm firmly in the "give Affleck a chance" camp and am waiting for images of him in the Batsuit, and hearing his take on the voice, to be sold on it. Re extra tidbit: Jim Caviezel.
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7:39PM on 12/02/2013

Meh...

..it's not like he could have said "I would have chosen a donkey nutsack over Affleck" or something along those lines anyway. Who would I like to see play Batman? Someone like Anson Mount or Richard Armitage. You know, someone whose face isn't so popular that it looks like [actor] inside a Batman suit. I hope to God I'm wrong about Affleck, but right now I'm still betting he's going to f*ck this up. The man just doesn't have that sort of range.
..it's not like he could have said "I would have chosen a donkey nutsack over Affleck" or something along those lines anyway. Who would I like to see play Batman? Someone like Anson Mount or Richard Armitage. You know, someone whose face isn't so popular that it looks like [actor] inside a Batman suit. I hope to God I'm wrong about Affleck, but right now I'm still betting he's going to f*ck this up. The man just doesn't have that sort of range.
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4:11PM on 12/02/2013
Extra tidbit: I'd prefer batman not be in this movie at all. Imagine if after Batman Begins, you found out Nolan was adding Superman to The Dark Knight. Sure, it still might be a good movie, but it would not be a great Batman movie. After a successful trilogy with Batman, I was hoping for one focusing on Superman. Of course, Man of Steel wasn't as good as Batman Begins anyway, so I'm already cautious of how the rest of these films will pan out.
Extra tidbit: I'd prefer batman not be in this movie at all. Imagine if after Batman Begins, you found out Nolan was adding Superman to The Dark Knight. Sure, it still might be a good movie, but it would not be a great Batman movie. After a successful trilogy with Batman, I was hoping for one focusing on Superman. Of course, Man of Steel wasn't as good as Batman Begins anyway, so I'm already cautious of how the rest of these films will pan out.
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3:49PM on 12/02/2013

Extra Tidbit

Karl Urban, he has the chin and both the voices down, scary grumble and mega rich douche. Im just happy that he is working on Almost Human. Its an amazing show, but anytime I like something on FOX it usually gets the can.
Karl Urban, he has the chin and both the voices down, scary grumble and mega rich douche. Im just happy that he is working on Almost Human. Its an amazing show, but anytime I like something on FOX it usually gets the can.
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3:45PM on 12/02/2013

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Denzel Washington. Although, you might get a call from Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson if you referred to him as the Dark Knight...
Denzel Washington. Although, you might get a call from Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson if you referred to him as the Dark Knight...
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5:36PM on 12/02/2013
Spike Lee might have something to say too.
Spike Lee might have something to say too.
2:17PM on 12/02/2013
Man of Steel was nothing but hyperbole smoke up fanboys asses. These films have become the new Twilight. They suck, but fans don't care, they'll masturbate to it anyways. Only difference is, Twilight relies on the mindless devotion of fangirls, and these new Man of Steel universe films relies on the mindless devotion of fanboys.
Man of Steel was nothing but hyperbole smoke up fanboys asses. These films have become the new Twilight. They suck, but fans don't care, they'll masturbate to it anyways. Only difference is, Twilight relies on the mindless devotion of fangirls, and these new Man of Steel universe films relies on the mindless devotion of fanboys.
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2:36PM on 12/02/2013
Couldn't have articulated it better myself.
Couldn't have articulated it better myself.
11:38PM on 12/02/2013
Thank you! Completely agreed. It almost feels like the film Idiocracy was an accurate prophecy.
Thank you! Completely agreed. It almost feels like the film Idiocracy was an accurate prophecy.
11:21AM on 12/03/2013
I don't usually log in and voice my opinion, but I must on this post. Bob Loblaw, you have truly hit the hammer square on the head. Totally agree with you here.
I don't usually log in and voice my opinion, but I must on this post. Bob Loblaw, you have truly hit the hammer square on the head. Totally agree with you here.
2:02PM on 12/02/2013
Cavill's first questions about this sequel are about Affleck as Batman haha poor guy.
Cavill's first questions about this sequel are about Affleck as Batman haha poor guy.
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1:28PM on 12/02/2013

D:

He's in the movie, of course he's going to say he's great. :/
He's in the movie, of course he's going to say he's great. :/
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1:22PM on 12/02/2013

Along the same lines of what Manos said...

....What else is the guy going to say? He gave the most diplomatic answer possible to avoid any hint of controversy that would erupt if he said otherwise. Sure, of course he might actually really believe in what he said, but I don't think we should really pay much attention to what future co-stars are going to say about Affleck's Batman.

As for the tidbit, forget about the casting. I'd prefer waiting for a Batman movie at least another 4 or 5 years. It's just too soon. Shoehorning him into
....What else is the guy going to say? He gave the most diplomatic answer possible to avoid any hint of controversy that would erupt if he said otherwise. Sure, of course he might actually really believe in what he said, but I don't think we should really pay much attention to what future co-stars are going to say about Affleck's Batman.

As for the tidbit, forget about the casting. I'd prefer waiting for a Batman movie at least another 4 or 5 years. It's just too soon. Shoehorning him into the MoS sequel because it didn't make as much money as the executives hoped isn't the right call. Give me a proper MoS sequel that's much better than the mediocre 1st movie, then introduce Batman in his own movie, then have the crossover if he absolutely must have it. That strategy would require patience though, which is why it never happened.
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1:22PM on 12/02/2013
I'm more intrigued by the fact that nobody has yet to mention how bland and uninteresting Superman/Cavill was in Man of Steel.

I genuinely don't remember a single line of dialogue from him. I do remember him looking up into sunsets/risings a lot, and I remember him screaming a bit, but no actual warmth, wit or remotely interesting or memorable dialogue at all.
I'm more intrigued by the fact that nobody has yet to mention how bland and uninteresting Superman/Cavill was in Man of Steel.

I genuinely don't remember a single line of dialogue from him. I do remember him looking up into sunsets/risings a lot, and I remember him screaming a bit, but no actual warmth, wit or remotely interesting or memorable dialogue at all.
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1:13PM on 12/02/2013
He's terrified of Batman. You can here it in his voice.
He's terrified of Batman. You can here it in his voice.
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3:40PM on 12/02/2013
*hear. Dammit
*hear. Dammit
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1:13PM on 12/02/2013
answer to extra tidbit - Josh Brolin
answer to extra tidbit - Josh Brolin
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1:10PM on 12/02/2013
There isn't an actor on this planet that can make me get behind this casting. This series or franchise is no longer interesting.
There isn't an actor on this planet that can make me get behind this casting. This series or franchise is no longer interesting.
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12:45PM on 12/02/2013
What did you think he would say? He sucks, I don't think he will a good fit for the role? No he is gonna say just what he said.
What did you think he would say? He sucks, I don't think he will a good fit for the role? No he is gonna say just what he said.
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12:44PM on 12/02/2013

Affleck is going to be the best Batman/BW since Keaton.

I can totally see Affleck playing a more psychologically disturbed Batman than we have seen. He will need to be if he is the "grizzled, older" Batman they have been talking about. I can see him being very crazy as Bruce like Keaton was and very dark as Batman too.
I can totally see Affleck playing a more psychologically disturbed Batman than we have seen. He will need to be if he is the "grizzled, older" Batman they have been talking about. I can see him being very crazy as Bruce like Keaton was and very dark as Batman too.
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12:42PM on 12/02/2013

In an alternate universe...

... Cavill hates the idea and complains that Affleck is a notorious scene-stealer who likes to 'shine':)
... Cavill hates the idea and complains that Affleck is a notorious scene-stealer who likes to 'shine':)
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12:02PM on 12/02/2013
Affleck is going to make for an awesome Bruce Wayne and Batman, and it's awesome to hear that Cavill feels the same way. It's also nice that we FINALLY heard something from him at all about this film since every article about this film seems to be about Affleck playing Batman or what other superheroes will show up in the film.

I really hope they don't cut Cavill's screentime in order to introduce more storylines into the film or more superheroes. I still want to see Clark/Superman progress
Affleck is going to make for an awesome Bruce Wayne and Batman, and it's awesome to hear that Cavill feels the same way. It's also nice that we FINALLY heard something from him at all about this film since every article about this film seems to be about Affleck playing Batman or what other superheroes will show up in the film.

I really hope they don't cut Cavill's screentime in order to introduce more storylines into the film or more superheroes. I still want to see Clark/Superman progress into the man/hero/savior he will eventually become for our world.
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