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Saturday 30 May 2015

Affleck: I wasn't sure about Batman

Ben Affleck has been cast as the new Batman
Ben Affleck has been cast as the new Batman

Ben Affleck has said he wasn't sure it was a good idea to take on the role of Batman when it was offered to him.

The Argo star, who was recently named as the new Bruce Wayne, told 411 Mania about his doubts.

He admitted: "Initially, I was reluctant, as I felt I didn't fit the traditional mould, but once [director] Zack [Snyder] showed me the concept, and that it would be both different from the great movies that Chris [Nolan] and Christian [Bale] made, but still in keeping with tradition, I was excited.

"Doing something different and new is always tricky, and part of the thrill and the risk is that, initially, it confounds expectations. The truth is, it's the movie and the execution of it is what all the actors depend on and I believe in Zack's vision."

The 41-year-old dad-of-three recently appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon talking about the fan backlash over his casting.

He shared: "I said, 'I'm a big boy. I can handle any snub. I can handle anything.' I said, 'I handle s***. I'm very tough.' So, I saw the announcement, I look down the thing and I look at the first comment. The first comment goes, 'Nooooooooooooo.' I'm like, 'We're going to be Luddites for a while, kids.'"

But he added: "Every kid should see their dad as a superhero, right? It's so awesome, man. I'm so excited."

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