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Ben Affleck is currently enduring a grueling shoot and will follow it up by getting in the barrel for fanboy nation. Affleck is now filming Gone Girl with David Fincher and will follow it as a turn as the latest big screen Caped Crusader in Zack Snyder‘s 2015 sequel to Man of Steel, Batman vs. Superman. It’s one of the most discussed and scrutinized pieces of casting in recent memory, yet Affleck has only commented on it once.

His second comments have just hit the web and he talks about having an initial hesitance toward playing the character, but getting excited at a new and “surprising” take on the hero. Read his quotes below.

Affleck talked to Al Norton and 411Mania.com. Head there for the full interview, but here’s the Batman excerpt.

Al Norton: Do you remember your first thought when the idea of you playing Batman was originally presented to you and was there a tipping point in your decision making process, a moment where you started to think, “I really want to do this”? 

Ben Affleck: Initially I was reluctant as I felt I didn’t fit the traditional mold but once Zack showed me the concept, and that it would be both different from the great movies that Chris and Christian 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.

Al Norton: Warner Brothers CEO Kevin Tsujihara recently said that this version of Batman would be “tired and weary and seasoned and been doing it for awhile”…Is that how you envisioned him as well and what would you add to the description on the Bruce Wayne side of things?

Ben Affleck: Yes, Kevin described it aptly. I don’t want to go further because I want to be able to capitalize on what is new about this iteration by having it be a surprise to the audience.

Al Norton: Who was your favorite Batman?

Ben Affleck: It has been done very well many times before.

Affleck is obviously being very diplomatic in his answers, but also very aware of the legacy he’s stepping into. What do you think?

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