When Ben Affleck signed on to play Batman in Zack Snyder’s superhero mash-up “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” it didn’t take long for speculation to start swirling that he was interested in more than just putting on the Dark Knight’s cape and cowl.
Having established himself as a successful director in his own right with films such as “The Town” and “Argo,” many wondered, did Affleck see “Batman v Superman” as a stepping stone to eventually directing his own stand-alone Batman movie?
“Wanting at some point to direct one of these movies, I didn’t think I was going to have a better chance to learn on set and watch how they’re made now,” Affleck said.
Watching Snyder work on set seems to have only further stoked Affleck’s desire to get behind the camera.
Indeed, as the director of a Batman movie, Affleck would clearly be able to exert far greater control over the depiction of the character than he has solely as an actor.
“The director plays a lot of Batman for you,” Affleck said. “The director creates the world. The Batmobile, the Batcave, a lot of the stunts – a lot of that is the director’s actual work. [As an actor], you play Bruce Wayne."
“I’m definitely a one-at-a-time guy,” he said. “I’m editing ‘Live by Night’ now. When I finish that, I’ll figure out what I’m going to do next.”