Apparently fan boys weren’t the only ones surprised by Ben Affleck being cast as the new Bruce Wayne/Batman.
Morgan Freeman, who costarred in Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises as Lucius Fox, Wayne’s business partner and Batman’s R&D wizard, was a little taken aback by the announcement. Not because he doesn’t like Affleck in the role, but because he thought WB and DC would put more distance between Christopher Nolan’s films and the reboot.
Here’s what Freeman had to say to USA Today:
“This is the first I am hearing of it. My first reactions are ‘Wow’ and ‘Good luck.’”
How does he feel about Affleck stepping into Christian Bale’s cowl so soon after TDKR?
“After the trilogy, I thought that no one would try it again for a few years more to let this whole thing die down. Because it’s still there. So I don’t know, I hope Ben does well.”
How does Freeman think Affleck, who he acted with in Sum of All Fears, will fare in the role?
“It’s a good question, I have no idea.”
If nothing else, Freeman gets points for honesty.
What about returning to the role of Lucius Fox?
“If the new movie does have a Lucius Fox I don’t think it’s going to be me. It doesn’t seem to work to mix characters in the movies. If you are going to change the lead character, you’re probably going to change all the characters.”
What do you think? Would you like to see any actors from Nolan’s Batman films return to their respective roles, or should DC/WB just recast every part?
I seem to remember Michael Caine saying he’d return to play Alfred is he was asked.
SOURCE: USA Today