“IT TURNS IN TO RAGE , ANGER AND A KIND OF OBSESSION … ”
Ben Affleck is the Dark Knight
You haven’t done a summer blockbuster in a while. What was your reaction to being sent this script?
My first reaction was in terms of the way I think of Batman, which is the conventional way, so I thought I was too old and I wouldn’t fit too neatly into that square peg. But Zack [ Snyder] said, “Come down and see what my ideas are to do something different.” I was really won over by this vision of an older guy, who is a brawler at the end of his run, asking more existential questions.
As a comic book fan, which of the two heroes appealed to you most?
I was more of a Batman guy. I think people identify more with Batman because Superman doesn’t have any weaknesses. It’s why Henry [ Cavill] has a harder job than I do to try and make that character accessible.
What’s Batman’s beef with Superman in this?
To a certain extent, Batman starts the movie with this big injury – the Wayne Industries building is destroyed in the fight between Zod and Superman [ in Man
Of Steel]. He loses all of these friends and people who work for him so he feels terribly guilty and responsible. It turns into rage, anger and a kind of obsession. The anger traps him and it makes him see Superman in only one way and he can’t let that go.
Since we get to skip the origin story this time, how did you “find” your Batman?
You see the origin briefly but you have other movies that did that heavy lifting for you. And you don’t really play Batman, you play Bruce Wayne.
What was your relationship with the suit?
The suit was okay but not when they put the Mech- suit on top of it. And of course the director wanted it to be raining [ laughs]. It doubled the weight of the suit because it absorbed all of the water. The cape itself, when full of water, was about 25 pounds and the whole thing was 100 pounds wet so that was when it was like, “Well, you wanted an old Batman…” I can promise you more action than I was up for doing. We’ve got visual effects, stunt cars, a Bat spaceship, the Batmobile chase, me fighting Superman... it’s incredible. The spectacle blows you away. It’s just staggering what technology in concert with good old fashioned thespians can do.