Over the past decade or so, actor/writer/director Ben Affleck has done a great job at turning himself into Hollywood’s golden boy. Gone Baby Gone was a terrific directorial debut, and in The Town, he really upped his game with the hard-hitting crime aspects. Argo saw him reach a completely new level when the movie won Best Picture, cementing Affleck as a hot talent in Hollywood.
As such, when he joined the DC Extended Universe as Batman, not only did it give a lot of credibility to the project, but it seemed to imply that Warner Bros. was looking to have Affleck direct a standalone Batman film in the near future. Of course, we now know that to be absolutely true, as Affleck is on board to direct the next Batman film, and with that knowledge going into the filming of last year’s Batman v Superman, we can only imagine that Affleck was taking everything in like a sponge from director Zack Snyder.
Speaking with BBC Radio, Affleck discussed what he’d learned while on the set.
“I learned a ton actually, making that movie. I had not made a movie of that scale. I didn’t know what the technology was capable of doing nowadays. The last big blockbuster-y movies I made were like Armageddon in 1997… The technology had really changed the way those movies were made. It was fascinating and I learned a tremendous amount.”
It’s hard to believe, but yes, that’s absolutely true. While Affleck has pretty much always been a big Hollywood star, he wasn’t exactly known for his big blockbuster pictures. He was no Matt Damon, that’s for sure. And let’s be real, no matter what you think of Zack Snyder’s storytelling, there’s no doubt he’s one of the most talented visual directors out there, so there was certainly a lot for Affleck to take in.
Of course, all of this has one big asterisk over it. Recent remarks from Affleck have raised doubts over whether or not he’s still fully committed to bring a standalone Batman film to the big screen. Between the declining credibility of the DCEU and the bombing of his latest film, Live By Night, one has to wonder whether or not Ben Affleck is rethinking his involvement as a whole.
In much lighter news, Affleck was also asked about his response to the Sad Affleck meme that made the rounds following the negative reception of Batman v Superman. What he learned is as follows:
“It taught me not to do interviews with Henry Cavill where I don’t say anything and they could lay Simon and Garfunkel tracks over it, that’s one thing I learned.”
What do you think of Affleck’s comments? What kinds of tricks and visual cues do you think Affleck could steal from Snyder for The Batman? Let us know your thoughts down below!