Ben Affleck has revealed some pretty interesting details about his upcoming role in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, including what parts of the character director Zack Snyder will be focusing on the most.
As Affleck told French Magazine Studio Cine Live in an interview translated by Batman News, unlike past Batman films where the focus is on a young Bruce Wayne who steps into the mechanical wings, so to speak, this Batman will be at the end of his career. Affleck added that it will be Batman's duel with Superman that defines the legacy he leaves behind.
"He really thinks Superman is an existential menace," he said, "and he believes destroying him will be his legacy."
The actor also confirmed that Snyder would be playing up the "billionaire playboy side of the character," acknowledging that the Bruce Wayne he'd be playing lives life to the fullest.
"He courts many women, owns many cars, and parties a lot," he said. "He does that as a way to fill the void in his soul."
The void that he's talking about is what contributes to the general make-up of this iteration of Batman. Affleck said that unlike past incarnations of the vigilante who were driven by a desire for justice and seeing evil be punished, his version of the character is faced with an overwhelming amount of "frustration, bitterness and anger."
Affleck also spoke briefly about what Snyder was trying to do with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and acknowledged that while there really wasn't any specific lesson they were trying to communicate, they did want to show that actions have repercussions.
"It's more than just entertainment, it's also trying to show that there are real consequences to violence," the actor said. "When a building collapses, people die, and those are lives lost forever."
Henry Cavill, who will be reprising his Man of Steel role as Superman in the movie, also spoke to the magazine about his character. One of the subjects he touched on the most was the comparison he's likely to get to Christopher Reeves and stressed that the only similarity the two shared was the name.
"Comparisons with Christopher Reeves' Clark Kent are inevitable," Cavill said. "My Clark Kent is trying to be as small and invisible as possible."
Cavill joked that simply donning a pair of glasses isn't the best way to remain unseen, and if he were trying to hide from the world, being incredibly clumsy would not be the best way of going about it, either.
Neither would touch upon any of the actual fight scenes between the two characters, but those interested can get a first glimpse here with the most recent trailer.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters March 25, 2016.