Batman is going to have a “seasoned” air about him when Ben Affleck takes on the role in Zack Snyder’s superhero mash-up.
Speaking about the film – a follow on from Snyder’s Man of Steel, which will see Affleck alongside Henry Cavill’s Superman – Warner Bros CEO Kevin Tsujihara said:
“[He’ll be] tired and weary and seasoned and been doing it for a while.”
This approach aligns with the original Frank Miller comic book, The Dark Knight Returns, in which Superman raises his concern over Batman’s changing, and darkening, attitude to crime fighting.
Tsujihara, who was presenting to investors at a US conference, added that Affleck would be “perfect” for the role, saying he anticipated the film would be “huge”.
Affleck’s casting caused an internet storm when it was announced last month, with a petition to have the decision changed soon circulating.
There were also numerous calls for Affleck’s real-life buddy Matt Damon to take on the role of Robin – something he later dismissed.
But Tsujihara insists, “We think it’s the perfect springboard for Batman and Superman. Ben is perfect for the vision Zack has for that character. The fact that you saw such a passionate response in the blogosphere is really kind of a testament to the love that people have for this character.”
Batman Vs Superman – the current name being unofficially cited – will land in cinemas in the US in the summer of 2015.