'I hated Daredevil so much': Ben Affleck reveals his motivation for becoming Batman was to correct his comic book legacy
There is no question in Ben Affleck's mind who'd win in a fight between Batman and Daredevil.
The 44-year-old has revealed the reason he took on the former was the correct the damage of the latter.
In an interview for the New York Times TimesTalk series, the actor admitted: 'I hated Daredevil so much.'
'I hated Daredevil so much': Ben Affleck has revealed his motivation for becoming Batman was to correct his comicbook legacy; here he is seen on Monday in NYC
Explaining how Warner Bros approached him with the concept of Batman V Superman, he conceded: 'Part of it was I wanted for once to get one of these movies and do it right - to do a good version.
'It frustrated me,' he continued. 'The Netflix show does really cool stuff. I feel like that was there for us to do with that character, and we never kind of got it right. I wanted to do one of those movies and sort of get it right.'
In the 2003 film about the blind superhero, he starred opposite Jennifer Garner, whom he would marry two years later, and then divorce a decade after that.
However, fixing his comic book legacy wasn't his only motivation.
Matt Murdoch: The 44-year-old played the blind superhero in the 2003 film version
Always fighting: He starred opposite Jennifer Garner, whom he would marry two years later, and then divorce a decade after that
'My son was four-years-old and I was saying "I don't want to be Batman", and he was saying "Dad — you have to be Batman!"'
'And I felt like "He's right!" If you can be Batman, you have to be Batman. He thinks I really am Batman. He thinks I'm in the Batcave right now,' he laughed.
'Eventually he's going to discover I had feet of clay and it's going to be a steep therapist's bill.'
Affleck recalled how there was some 'alarm' when he was initially cast; nevertheless, he claimed he was not 'as apprehensive as I might have been'.
I'm Batman: Explaining how Warner Bros approached him with the concept of Batman V Superman, he conceded: 'Part of it was I wanted for once to get one of these movies and do it right - to do a good version.'
'We never kind of got it right': Ben said the Netflix version (starring Charlies Cox) 'does really cool stuff' he wished his film had done
'I've been to the top and I've been to the bottom. I've had great praise, and I've had people tell me I didn't know what I was doing and I was worthless,' he said.
'And I had finally come to be free myself of worrying about all the stuff other people said and the commentary, and too look at it from my own point of view and my own standards.'
He did accept, however, that he would have to get in shape for the role.
'I was working out obsessively just for fear of embarrassment,' he admitted. Because I thought if I just walk out there as this regular 40-year-old man, it would be hideous.
'I'd just look like Adam West in the jumpsuit. Horrendous... "you can't beat anybody up!"'
His hero: However, fixing his comicbook legacy wasn't his only motivation — his four-year-old son Samuel also insisted
Ben is set to reprise the role in the upcoming Justice League films, and is preparing to write, direct, and of course star in a standalone Batman film.
He insisted he is fully against 'reverse engineering' the film just to meet a deadline window.
'I'm not in any hurry to jam the mediocre movie down the pipe,' he said, adding he wants 'one that's worthy of guys like Tim Burton and Chris Nolan and Christian Bale'.
Busy: Earlier Ben also attended a Live By Night Q&A with co-stars Sienna Miller, Chris Cooper, Marshall Fine, Elle Fanning and Chris Messina
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