[Movies] Ben Affleck Talks About Working With Zack Snyder On Pre-Production For Batman vs Superman Posted by Joseph Lee on 12.03.2013
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Ben Affleck spoke about working with Zack Snyder on Batman vs Superman, which is currently in pre-production. Here are highlights:
On if he thought Argo winning Best Picture would save him from Internet hatred: "No. I mean, that's the sort of great and terrible thing about this business. Each project is kind of in its own silo, you know what I mean? You do something, it works, people say it works. And if the next one doesn't, you know, it doesn't. You don't get to start ahead because you did well last time. Without getting into the vagaries of the internet and who's sort of out there being vocal about it, at the end of the day, when you get into the arena of those kinds of movies, these superhero movies, particularly ones that are working with characters that everyone's known for so long, everybody's got these strongly held opinions and preconceived ideas about what it should be. I totally understand and recognize that. At the same time, I don't think projections about something that hasn't happened yet are all that meaningful. I think at the end of the day, it's like any other movie or project: You go out and make it great, people will say it's great. If you go out and miss, you'll hear about it. The stuff beforehand is kind of just the noise that happens."
On wearing the Batsuit for the first time: "Well, I don't want to get too far afield and I'm sure I'll have time to talk about Batman down the road. What I'll say is that I really like Zack. From what I've seen of what's Zack is doing, it's made me very excited. One of the nice things about being an actor in that movie is they show you all the stuff before anyone else gets to see it. So all the sort of world-creation, and the take on the character and the other characters is really exciting. And at the end of the day, the truth is it's really directors that make movies work or not — especially these kinds of movies, where it's about the whole world, and a rising tide lifts all ships. And if it all has integrity, if it all has a sense of realism, then it works. And if it doesn't, than it doesn't really matter what everyone's doing [on the screen] because they just look like a bunch of Mexican wrestlers in suits."
On working with Matt Damon on a Whitey Bulger movie: "Matt and I are still very very interested in the movie. We have a new writer and he's writing away, as we speak: Aaron Stockard, who co-wrote The Town and Gone Baby Gone with me. So he's grinding away. Supposed to turn in a draft I think after the new year. I'm as optimistic as anybody. It's certainly an interesting time — you do a story and it was still unfolding, the trial and everything. It's a great part and Matt would be great. It's a great story to tell and it's a pretty good take on it. We'll see."