Ahead of the release of his new film Air — his direct directorial effort since 2016’s disappointing Live By Night — Ben Affleck gave a lengthy interview with The Hollywood Reporter to discuss the many facets of his career, including the now-defunct DCEU.
First appearing as Batman in the DCEU in 2016’s Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Affleck is set to make his final appearance as the character in this summer’s The Flash, which will hit theaters in June.
And according to Affleck, despite only being in the film for about five minutes, the 50-year-old says that he “finally figured out” how to play the character.
“Yeah, I did finally figure out how to play that character [Batman], and I nailed it in ‘The Flash,’” Affleck said.
“For the five minutes I’m there, it’s really great. A lot of it’s just tone. You’ve got to figure out, what’s your version of the person? Who is the guy that fits what you can do? I tried to fit myself into a Batman.”
Unfortunately for fans who were hoping that Affleck would have a future with the newly-launched DCU behind the camera, the filmmaker also said in the interview that he isn’t planning on directing a film in Gunn’s franchise, seemingly implying that he doesn’t vibe with its tone. Affleck’s come after Gunn tweeted late last year that he met with Affleck and wanted to find a project for him to direct.
“I would not direct something for the [James] Gunn DC. Absolutely not. I have nothing against James Gunn. Nice guy, sure he’s going to do a great job. I just wouldn’t want to go in and direct in the way they’re doing that. I’m not interested in that,” Affleck said.
In addition to Affleck as Nike founder Phil Knight, Air, which hits theaters on April 6, stars Matt Damon, Viola Davis, Jason Bateman, Chris Tucker, and more.
As for The Flash — which will also feature Michael Keaton’s Batman in addition to Keaton’s Caped Crusader — that’ll hit theaters on June 26.
The Flash and Air aren’t the only projects that Affleck is set to star in this year, as he’s also set to lead the Robert Rodriguez-directed thriller titled Hypnotic.
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