Ben Affleck was initially reluctant to play Batman in the forthcoming sequel to Superman reboot Man of Steel, the actor has revealed.
Speaking to 411mania.com's Al Norton, Affleck said he felt sure the role was wrong for him but was eventually won over by the vision presented by director Zack Snyder. He said Snyder convinced him the new film - dubbed "Superman vs Batman" but still officially untitled - would deliver a fresh caped crusader that nevertheless honoured Christian Bale's performances in the recent trilogy from director Christopher Nolan.
"Initially I was reluctant as I felt I didn't fit the traditional mold," said Affleck. "But once Zack showed me the concept, and that it would be both different from the great movies that Chris and Christian made but still in keeping with tradition I was excited. Doing something different and new is always tricky and part of the thrill and the risk is that initially it confounds expectations ... the movie and the execution of it is what all the actors depend on and I believe in Zack's vision."
Affleck confirmed Warner Bros chief Kevin Tsujihara's description of the new Batman as a "tired and weary" dark knight. "Yes, Kevin described it aptly," he said. "I don't want to go further because I want to be able to capitalise on what is new about this iteration by having it be a surprise to the audience."
Affleck, who was revealed as the surprise new Batman last month, will go head to head with Britain's Henry Cavill in Snyder's film. He is reported to have signed on for multiple movies as the caped crusader and his alter ego, Bruce Wayne.
It is thought the Oscar-winning director of Argo, The Town and Gone Baby Gone may also take charge of the cameras for a future film in the saga. Warner Bros plans a Justice League film featuring Superman alongside Batman, Wonder Woman and various lesser known heroes, should 2015's Man of Steel 2 prove a hit.
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