Ben Affleck's Batman 'heavily influenced' by Dark Knight Returns

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 30 September 2014
Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck has acknowledged that his incarnation of Batman will be "heavily influenced" by Frank Miller's 'The Dark Knight Returns'

Ben Affleck's Batman will be "heavily influenced" by Frank Miller's 'The Dark Knight Returns'.

The 42-year-old actor - who has assumed the role from Christian Bale - will appear alongside Henry Cavill in 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' and he's confirmed to MTV that director Zack Snyder has been using Miller's comic book run as a reference point for his character.

He said: "I will say that I think Zack [Snyder] was heavily influenced by that.

"I think everyone's heavily influenced by that... that's the seminal work. So, I don't think that there's any of these which have been made that haven't drawn from that book because it's so good.

"So, you know, I think if you're smart you steal from the best. That's why I'm going to rip David [Fincher, Gone Girl director] off from now on everywhere I go!"

Meanwhile, Affleck recently admitted to being unsurprised by the mixed reaction to the news he'd been cast as the new Batman.

The 'Argo' star said: "This is part and parcel of these movies now. There are a lot of active fans with a lot of opinions. To me, having been through a certain amount of that, it doesn't really... everyone's entitled to their opinion.

"I wouldn't have taken the part if I didn't trust my instincts in terms of the filmmaking."

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

  • 3 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 2h 31min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Zack Snyder
  • Cast: Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg
  • UK release: 22 March 2016

Superman (Cavill) faces off against Batman (Affleck) in the aftermath of the near-destruction of Metropolis at the end of Man of Steel. Despite a pretty strong screenplay, the two leads are no more than functional and Wonder Woman (Gadot) is a damp squib. But if the film lacks Marvel's sense of fun, in its fidgety and…

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