Ben Affleck who plays Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice talks to Entertainment Weekly on his role in the film, how Batman was pitched to him before he signed on for the role, if he played a role in bringing screenplay writer Chris Terrio, the backlash Man of Steel received for the destruction, the lost of Robin for Batman, Batman being inspired by Wonder Woman and much more.
On Chris Terrio signing up for Batman v Superman:
Were you like a package deal? Obviously you two have this history together from Argo.
No, we were not a package deal at all. We were totally separate components, and this was a coincidence. Obviously we had some history from Argo, but it was just lucky happenstance for me. Obviously, Warner Bros. hired Chris to write Argo before [I signed on to direct], so they knew Chris long ago. I’ve had a long history with him and a successful history with them, and so it was sort of on a parallel track.
On Batman losing Robin:
He had a Robin at one point, and we don’t know exactly which Robin that was, but we learned he died.
He’s bitterly disappointed in the past that he’s lost this guy who fought by his side. That character’s death must have been devastating to him, and he’s suffered. We get the sense that he’s suffered a lot of devastating losses before this movie even starts.
Batman being inspired by Wonder Woman:
How does Wonder Woman play into Batman’s thinking? Because we learn that she’s been doing this for ages – much longer than him. And if she’s not jaded …
It inspires in him the idea that well, if there’s one of these kinds of people out there, then maybe there are in fact more. If there are more, then maybe that’s hopeful and also terrifying to him, because then they could make humans even more powerless — or they could serve on our side. You’ve got to remember that Batman is the world’s greatest detective, and if he suspects that there may be more, and if he suspects in particular that Diana may be somebody special, he gets inspired.
To read the full interview head over to EW.com.