Ben Affleck Feeling the Pressure of Batman


Ben Affleck Feeling the Pressure of Batman

Being Batman can’t be easy. As an actor or a billionaire industrialist/vigilante. There must be a lot of pressure on anyone under the cape and cowl.

Turns out, Ben Affleck’s feeling the pressure, for sure.

Variety recently did a cover story on Warner Bros CEO Kevin Tsujihara, and Affleck was asked his take on the breakdown of Tsujihara’s influence over the DC cinematic universe. Think of him as the equivalent of Marvel’s Kevin Feige, acting as both executive and liaison between the real comic book guys and the suits behind the desks.

"You’ll see next year they are going to have a great year. They are now developing … probably the single greatest under-exploited IP asset in the entertainment business, the DC comic world. And now they have started to exploit that and you are going to see that blossom. And, when it does, it’s going to be massive."

Affleck praised Tsujihara’s hands-on approach with the development of Batman v Superman (which is not something filmmakers USUALLY like).

"I was really impressed by that and by the intelligence of his notes, and the fact that he cared. “It was not like some guys, especially at that level, where it would be, ‘We need a franchise movie … we just need a movie with the names ‘Batman’ and ‘Superman’ on it and it doesn’t matter what it is. For him, that wasn’t it. He was willing to take longer to make the movie to get it right to make it a movie of higher quality."

Must have been a stark difference from his experience on Daredevil.

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Affleck went on to talk about his commitment to the DCU and how much went into not only becoming the next Batman, but completely reworking his schedule for the next several years to be a part of it. Perhaps from both sides of the camera.

"We are a very kind of instant gratification culture when it comes to analyzing the film business. And there is a lot of hyperbole involved. Nonetheless, there’s a lot of pressure on it. I mean I would be bulls–ting you to say there isn’t. If it doesn’t do well, that will be extremely disappointing."

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He’s hitched a lot to the DC wagon and to Zack Snyder. Batman v Superman will either make or break the future of their shared universe, and perhaps even the trend of superhero movies in general.

They’d better get it right.