There was more than a small amount of protesting and bemoaning last year when Ben Affleck was announced as the next man to wear the cowl of DC’s dark knight. Many opponents of this casting choice cited the fact that Affleck’s first attempt to play a comic book hero fell flat. 2003’s Daredevil wasn’t exactly a flop but it certainly fell far short of expectations, both critically and financially. (As did its spin-off, Electra, starring Affleck’s wife Jennifer Garner.) With Daredevil on his resume, many fans winced at the casting of the academy award winning writer/director as the latest caped crusader.
Well if it’s any consolation, Affleck agrees with those criticisms. In a recent interview on NPR, Affleck spoke about the whole Daredevil debacle. He said, “I have regrets about Daredevil. I have regrets about all the movies that I don’t think were executed properly. Look, if I thought we were remaking Daredevil, I’d be out there picketing myself!”
Despite the Daredevil issue, Affleck seems positive about his next foray into comic adaptations. He says he feels “vey confidence” in the potential of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and praises the creative team behind the project. He calls director Zack Snyder an “incredibly magical sort of visual stylist”, as well as stating his faith in screenwriter Chris Terrio, who he worked with on the Oscar-winning Argo.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Diane Lane, and Jeremy Irons. It’s due for release on March 25, 2016.