Although DC’s cinematic universe had a huge year financially in 2016, neither Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice or Suicide Squad managed to win over many critics. Still, every big franchise has its setbacks and DC is looking to have a much better year with both Wonder Woman and Justice League set to hit in 2017.
Batman v Superman star Ben Affleck is serving as executive producer on the latter film and he’s made it pretty clear in the many interviews he’s given since that film’s release last March that the experience of playing Batman has been filled with both positive and negative moments. While Affleck still seems excited by the idea of getting to play Batman — he is, after all, a self-professed comic book geek — having the chance to work on such a big blockbuster that was so poorly received has also taught him some lessons heading into Justice League, such as not staying silent during interviews with Henry Cavill. As he tells the BBC:
“It taught me not to do interviews with Henry Cavill where I don’t say anything and they can lay Simon Garfunkel tracks over it. That’s one thing I learned. I learned a ton actually making that movie. I had not made a movie of that scale. I didn’t know what the sort of technology was capable of doing nowadays. The last big blockbustery movies I made was Armageddon which was in 1997, and so the rest of them had been The Town and Gone Girl and stuff like that, so you know, the technology had really changed the way those movies were being made was fascinating, so I learned a tremendous amount.”
With Affleck set to direct the upcoming solo Batman movie, due out in 2018, his time working on Batman v Superman and Justice League — two huge blockbusters with many moving parts — will no doubt serve him well when it comes time for him to make one of his own.
Still, it’s just a little disappointing that Affleck is going to try to not give the internet entertainment like this ever again: