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Nolan Still Involved In Batman Vs. Superman: Ben Affleck Casting Details

Posted By: Matt McGloin
Mon, 10/13/2014 - 17:57


We get some details on the casting of Ben Affleck as the new Batman from producer Charles Roven.

Roven spoke about the casting decision for the new Caped Crusader in Batman Vs. Superman with LMU Film School.

Updated: with video below. Roven also talked about Wonder Woman, as well as the differences from The Dark Knight Trilogy.

Roven says that Ben Affleck was always there go-to guy for Batman.

"He was the first guy we went to. That's who we wanted. We knew that we wanted a very mature Batman, because we wanted to juxtapose him with this very young Superman. So we wanted a guy who was tougher, rugged, who had signs of life, who had lived a hard life, and we wanted the guy to have chops, for sure. So when we went down that list, there just weren't a tremendous number of guys who could carry that."

Roven continued with mention that they wanted an actor who would tower over new Man of Steel Henry Cavilll.

"We also wanted a guy with big stature. Ben is 6' 4". Henry is 6'1". We wanted Batman to tower over Superman. Not hugely, not like a basketball player. Superman needed to 'look up' to Batman. We wanted that dynamic, and Ben could do that, easily."

It's also stated The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan is also on board Batman vs. Superman.

"[Nolan] is an executive producer on the movie, as is Emma Thomas, his wife. And I would say that he's much more focused on the movie Interstellar, writing, directing. He co-wrote it with his brother. … They were off doing that movie."

Roven also added that Nolan is "certainly involved in different stages. I would say he has an advisory capacity."

It was also said that director Zack Snyder first reached out to Ben Affleck.

"We have a very strong relationship with Warner Bros. obviously; all of the DC comics are at Warner Bros. Ben had literally just won the Oscar for Argo, which was a Warner Bros. movie, so it wasn't like it was difficult to reach him."

Roven also said that the latest versions of Bruce Wayne and Batman will be completely different.

"He's much more of a social animal in the Bruce Wayne incarnation, but he's also an extremely rough guy in the Batman incarnation — very, very, very rough."


"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" has a March 25, 2016 release starring Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Ray Fisher as Cyborg with Callan Mulvey, Holly Hunter and Tao Okamoto in new character roles for the film. Justice League is to follow directed by Zack Snyder as well.

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