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Sunday 20 April 2014

Batman producer praises Affleck

Ben Affleck will play Batman in the Man Of Steel sequel

Ben Affleck's casting as the Caped Crusader is a chance for a "new direction", Batman producer Michael Uslan has said.

There was a backlash when it was announced that Ben would take on the iconic role in director Zack Synder's upcoming Batman vs Superman film, with some suggesting he wasn't right for the part.

But Uslan, who has worked on all of the Batman movies since the 1989 film which saw Michael Keaton don the batsuit, defended the casting decision to EP Daily .

He said of Ben: "You look at his last bunch of movies, Hollywoodland he had me convinced he was George Reeves. The Town, Argo, just really, really great quality of work."

Uslan also said it was the same reaction when Michael was cast in the 80s film.

He explained: "I led the charge from the first time that I heard Tim (director Tim Burton) was thinking of hiring Michael to play Batman. I'd go, 'Oh my God, all that work, I've put in all these years to do a dark and serious Batman! He's going to hire a comedian!' I could envision the posters: 'Mr Mum is Batman!'

"But then he explained his vision. He had a vision, and he was right.

"This is all about Bruce Wayne. It's not about Batman; it's all about Bruce Wayne."

He continued: "So, we went through the hoopla with Michael Keaton. The fans were the same reaction that I had initially, except I had the benefit of hearing a vision right away. Then when they actually went to see the movie, they never wanted anyone else to play Batman. Never."

Henry Cavill will reprise the role of Superman in the Man Of Steel sequel, with Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons as Alfred.

It is due to be released in 2016.

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