TotalFilm caught up with Henry Cavill, who’s currently shooting The Man From U.N.C.L.E. in England, and asked him his thoughts on the infamous casting of Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman in the next Superman film. In a shocking turn of events, … Continue reading

Henry Cavill Talks About Ben Affleck As Batman


TotalFilm caught up with Henry Cavill, who’s currently shooting The Man From U.N.C.L.E. in England, and asked him his thoughts on the infamous casting of Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman in the next Superman film. In a shocking turn of events, Cavill- brace yourselves- toed the company line. He expresses nothing but optimism and excitement. I know, you were expecting him to say, “That wanker is going to ruin the picture and steal my spotlight! What about my bloody sequel? When do I get to show my growth as a character, in the aftermath of thousands dying on my first day on the job? This whole thing is rubbish!

Instead, here are Cavill’s completely predictable comments, which sound exactly like what every other WB crony has said about Affleck (think they sent around bullet-points to everyone?):

“I’m sure he’ll be fantastic, above all else, and as a filmmaker he’s got his own style, you know, he’s not copying anyone else. And he’s also sort of been tenacious in his career. He’s had ups followed by downs and now he’s very up again and I think that requires and shows a very special strength of character, and it’s something I enjoy working with because jobs like this require a strength of character. They require a dedication to the work and a belief in oneself and Ben has that, clearly.”

So there you have it. Take a moment to soak it all in. Cavill didn’t besmirch, question, or insult the man he’s going to spend several months working with next year, then subsequently spend months promoting with and building towards a JLA movie. Brave, bold answers like these really spark the imagination while quelling concerns.

Okay, okay. I kid. He did the best he could with a softball question that he’s undoubtedly going to have to answer hundreds of times between now and then. I just always think this line of questioning, and the political answers that follow it, belongs exclusively in the “What did you think he was going to say?” bin.

SOURCE: TotalFilm

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  • Jugo Aich

    No, I wasn’t expecting him to say that.

  • Hephaestus1

    Huh. You’d think he’d be more pissed about having the spotlight taken away.


  • yomamabinfartin’

    So true and so unfair to Cavil! He deserved a proper sequel without Batman being “shoe horned” in. Batman being introduced at the end of MOS2 (in a post credit scene) would have made more sense then this rushed meeting between the two. Here’s hoping for a good movie but my gut tells me other wise.

  • Hephaestus1

    He could’ve had a whole movie to give more time to his character, but alas, “Batman Sells!!!”

  • Steve-O

    Since Krypton’s explosion didn’t scatter parts of the planet how’s Kryptonite gonna play into this?

  • Reymondo Leon

    I think this team up is needed. Cavill looks like he was genetically engineered to be Superman, but he just doesn’t have any charisma. On top of that, Zack Snyder has the ability to create visual spectacle but often fails to generate any emotional connection or a sense of wonder or awe.
    Batman might add enough interest to counteract these deficits.

  • Steve Croft

    Bigass machine terraforms part of earth into krypton leaving random bits of kryptonite around earth buried under its surface? Makes *far* more sense than a random planet lightyears away in a distant galaxy exploding and just happening to have its remnants rain down on earth.

  • Nouprep

    Wait Who the eff is Henry Cavill? Superman is in this Batman reboot? Cool!

  • guest

    a young superman is going to learn a lot and develop as a character in presence of batman. i believe batman is going to get as much screen time as any villain would have. but people have to whine because they are running out of things to bitch about.

  • Hephaestus1

    What’s funny is that if WB really was confident in a MOS sequel or a Batman reboot, they would’ve fleshed out both franchises to gain MORE profit and BETTER establishment of each universe over time.

    However we’re getting both (with Nightwing, Lex Luthor, and some Justice League tie ins) at the same time.

    I’m calling desperate.

  • guest

    no denying that they are in a hurry to set up the justice league, but mos did great at the box office. $662 million is more than any marvel studios’ phase 1 solo movie made. also more than what batman begins made. so one cant accuse wb of not being confident in mos sequel.
    and this is a great way to reboot the batman, since the last batman movie only came out last year. i have absolute no complaints whatsoever. i and many like have been wet-dreaming a live-action superman/batman movie for years now. it’s time.
    and, no. we are not getting all of them. these are rumours spread by the same sources who said orolando bloom is going to be the next batman. luthor’s and nightwing’s presence would only make sense though. i dont think we are getting any justice league tie-ins. a post-credit or something similar at the most.

  • Hephaestus1

    Superman is also a more familiar than any of Marvel’s phase 1 characters. Likewise, Batman Begins was coming off the coat tails of Schumacher, and didn’t have nearly as much promotion as MOS. Hell, Christopher Nolan wasn’t even a big name yet.

    I’m not gonna suggest that MOS wasn’t a success, but this decision to put Batman in the sequel is illogical from a money making standpoint. The potential of building up different characters before integrating them would be very profitable.

    The reason a Batman reboot would fail is exactly because Nolan’s series ended just last year. WB doesn’t have the patience to wait, nor the balls to instead adapt another character. If the Superman sequel was seen as a guaranteed success by the studio, they wouldn’t be splitting his franchise with a more popular character. The critical reception for MOS was mixed at best. The Batman reboot has no guarantee of success so soon after Nolan. I see this as desperate compromise.

    Time will tell which characters really do appear in the sequel. Though if the blatant easter eggs in the first movie were any indication, we’ll be seeing a lot.