Ben Affleck’s Batman Will Be ‘Tired And Weary,’ Says Warner Bros. Chief

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Tsujihara hints at the character to investors

The new Dark Knight won’t be bright and light.

Ben Affleck’s Batman will be “tired and weary and seasoned and been doing it for awhile,” according to Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara.

The exec offered the character description Thursday at an investor gathering, officially titled the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media, Communications and Entertainment Conference.

Affleck was announced Aug. 22 as the studio’s selection for Batman opposite Henry Cavill’s Superman character in the untitled “Man of Steel” sequel, due out in 2015 with Zack Snyder directing.

Though the choice of Affleck has troubled some Batman fans, Tsujihara said he was “perfect” for the film that Zack Snyder is directing. “We think it’s going to be huge,” he added.

Tsujihara acknowledged the “passionate” responses from the blogosphere about the casting of Affleck. He also said that the studio “could not be happier” about the performance of “Man of Steel,” which has grossed $660 million in worldwide box office in setting the stage for the new project.

“We think it’s the perfect springboard for Batman and Superman,” he added. “Ben is perfect for the vision Zack has for that character. The fact that you saw such a passionate response in the blogosphere is really kind of a testament to the love that people have for this character.”

Tsujihara also indicated that there will be “a lot of announcements” coming out the DC Comics unit of Warner Bros., noting that currently Warner Bros. has three DC-based animated TV shows.

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  1. Paul H. says:

    Looks like we are finally coming to the critical and financial disaster that will wake the world up to the naked emperor that is Frank Miller’s Batman. Already speculating if it will take down Warner Bros completely.

  2. kkinnison says:

    So Ben will be doing his take on Daredevil, but dressed up as Batman. and replace the “I am blind” jokes with “I am rich”

  3. Ben Affleck getting the role of Batman is like watching the rich guy that stole your girlfriend buying a Ferrari and then putting a big vinyl sticker of his own smug grinning face on the hood. This is a horrible choice. Ben Affleck is the guy you love to hate. He is best as a frat boy style villain that can be defeated by someone that is actually likable and relatable. He is the essence of smug. The perfect role for his is as a stock broker that lied and stole all your money and is riding around in a limo spilling champagne on his crotch in slow motion surrounded by hookers and blow.

    He is not a Batman. And stop saying give him a chance. This movie gets made once. You might as well give Carrot Top a chance. We all don’t get a whirl at it. The right decision needs to be made before the movie is made.

    He is not going to be believable AT ALL. We are going to spend the whole movie looking at Ben Affleck with zero suspension of disbelief. Even if his performance is flawless and he is a genius we are still going to be watching Ben Affleck and will never see him as Batman. Some people are just to famous to disappear into a role. Does that mean we couldn’t enjoy a Ben Affleck Batman movie. Maybe not. But this round is about realism, and Ben Affleck destroys that. It is bad enough that we had Amy Adams in the first film and had to try and force her into the Lois Lane box. Not even judging her performance, which was fine. She just broke it a little bit. Ben Affleck can break it all the way.

    Studios need to get over the Star Vehicle idea. Smallville was great because Clark and Lois occupied those roles, we hadn’t seen those people a million times and they fit the type.

    Henry Cavil was fine for me, because I hadn’t been exposed to him and if I had it wouldn’t have been as a public character of himself but as an actor inhabiting other roles. Ben Affleck brings way to much baggage.

    Don’t make this movie a hollywood Cosplay party. Make a smarter choice.

  4. kenmandu says:

    Today’s heroes are always tired and weary and cynical and also have a touch of evil in their hearts–it’s a reflection of the jaded, cynical, callous, young audiences that embrace the darkness and reject the light in their own souls… It’s also become the go-to screen-writing trope when originality fails the writers.

    • Mike S says:

      I wouldn’t blame young audiences. I think they’d be more than happy to support a Superman film full of comedy, romance and adventure. Look at the money they spent on Potter and continue to spend on Pixar movies and they’re far from cynical. The problem is the studios and their marketing teams trying to decipher the success of “The Dark Knight” and replicate it. It doesn’t work. Even “The Dark Knight Rises” couldn’t replicate it.

  5. Maureen says:

    I’d like to think that Ben and the movie should be given a chance, at least, before the so-called critics start hacking it up. I should think that the producer, director and casting director would have more knowledge than any others as to Ben Affleck’s ability to pull this off, don’t you think? Why do so many critics and critic wannabees, think they know more than the professionals whose jobs are to ensure proper casting for the pictures?

  6. Aaron says:

    I’m giving Affleck the benefit of the doubt. Sure, the film could turn out to be utter garbage, but it hasn’t even been made yet. Nobody has seen it (unless you’re from the future!) so really, I think it’s time people chilled the hell out over this. Give the guy a break and let him work. Save your judgement for after you’ve seen the film.

  7. Dead In Hell says:

    So…kind of like how the audience will feel while watching him?

  8. All i think which is my opinion is affleck to play as batman come on is this batman going to tell jokes or something Ben affleck is not serious to play the role of batman him be robbin the bat’s sidekick.

  9. blip says:

    “Tired and weary” (instead of Nolan’s eye-crossingly tedious “grim and gritty”)? Gosh-golly-wow, how original. But– just spitballin’ here– get Bill Murray for the part, and it just might work….

  10. Matt says:

    “Tired and weary”? Yeah, that’s what we all want to see in a Batman flick.

  11. Josh says:

    Passionate? More like angry, that a successful franchise can be destroyed by people who do not know comics. James Bond has changed hand pretty successiful, brilliant chioce. But think back there is one bond “the unspoken bond” that no one remembers. Nolan Batman did over a billion, Superman was good but did half that money. I trust Nolan, he has not made a comment yet about afflack(intentional). They Should have done what Marvel did back up the money truck like with Ironman and Downey and offered a deal that could not be refused. Instead you offer the fan base a raw deal. Marvel understands its about the people being happy with their elected official. This feels like Bush all over again. Dictatorship! We buy the comics and tickets, and at DC they “Dont Care”… marvels Anchor is Iron man, who is DC’s anchor Green Latern? If you wanted to beat Marvel you should have let Ben Afflcit play Dare Devil again….. I really like Ben Afflict, but just not as Bat Man, other roles he should turn down include James Bond, Jason Bourne, Jack Baurer. Comedy hour is officially over.

    • Josh says:

      Free advice do superman 2, introduce Batman separately, do Green Lantern 2 and in this film introduce Characters in this franchise including flash and wonder woman. Expectations will be lower. In Superman 3 bring all characters together in cameo roles. Then do Justice league. By then all villains should be introduced and the Justice League will not be directly compared to Advengers, which melded characters toegther seemelssy, but who’s film quality has been going down due to lack of creativity, thor, hulk, and captain America are not must see films, Ironman is a must see film.

  12. Mr. Squeeze says:

    Does Batman play Baseball this time? Hey BATTER BATTER swing BATTER!? Does this movie have Batman & Robin Hood? I’d love to see Benji Affleck do an English accent….

    Exsqueeze me sur… would you have any Grey Poopon?

  13. bryan says:

    The only time ben affleck will be good as batman is when hes being placed into a the grave….hes already killed daredevil now let him put batman to rest….

  14. occultology says:

    Ben Affleck & Henry Cavill = SLEEPY & HOLLOW.

  15. JP says:

    No matter what Tsujihara says, he could be happier with the Man of Steel’s success. $660 is good, but everyone knows WB expected more. At least $200M more. People saw it, but they didn’t come back like they did for Dark Knight or Avengers. No way WB would be introducing Batman now if Man of Steel made the money they expected. The problem isn’t that people don’t like Superman these days. The problem is they made a humorless film that messed too much with the mythology, had no emotion in its romantic sub-plot and didn’t really have a single stand out action scene. Sure there was destruction, but it was all frantic and impersonal. There was nothing like the attack on the White House from X2 which people continue to watch over and over again. Sad that WB/DC can’t get three solo movies out of their #1 hero and Marvel gets three out of Iron Man.

  16. Mr. Tsujihara, a ‘tired and weary” Batman versus a dazed and confused Superman does not bode well for an epic action movie from Warners! What this party needs is some Wonder Woman up in here, we need us some trinity from the mighty-mighty DCU, let us bring on the Amazing Amazon, already! 2015 is the 75th anniversary of the Justice Society of America and the 55th anniversary of the Justice League of America: don’t let it go to waste, Mr. Tsujihara: let’s give the world a taste of superhero magic and deliver the JLA in all of its’ glory, glory, hallelujah! Let’s let loose the magic lasso, let’s do that thang with our Batarangs and let us fly up, up and away with the JLA! I saw your picture on the wall at the Warner Brothers Studio Museum, and I know you know that Harry Warner always put it on the table! If you are here to entertain and to enlighten, if you believe in justice, if America is your kind of place, then bring us the JLA in 2015, please!

  17. carina laude says:

    Ben Afflec is a superb actor and us a perfect chouce …

  18. Tired and weary…is this code/damage control for don’t expect much out of Ben.

    http://affleckisnotbatman.blogspot.com/

  19. EK says:

    Certainly no PR guy! “Tired and weary” certainly isn’t likely to excite movie fans, especially those already wary of Affleck’s Batman casting. Lots of things he could have said but making the character out to be dull and boring certainly aren’t among them.

    • Rob Irwinob says:

      You must not know a lot about Batman lore, given one of the most popular stories of all time involved a tired and weary Batman. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dark_Knight_Returns

    • Dynnik says:

      I get your point, EK, but I think that “tired and weary” was the whole point of the statement. One of the main concerns of the “Dark Knight” fan-base is that Affleck will be too light and moronic; thus, here comes the corporate boss saying “nooo, he’ll be darker than dark”. For what it’s worth.

      • Mike says:

        Yeah Affleck has to sell to the audience that Batman is such a badass that even old tired and weary he can beat Superman…..You think he can pull this off?

    • Ian says:

      Eh, maybe because Affleck IS tired and weary, lol.

    • Starr says:

      You’re a PR guy though?… Did a pretty good job of twisting the words he used into another pair that means something else entirely

      • Chris says:

        I can tell you the response to Affleck as bats was NOT positive at all, so why is he making sound like it is. I believe everyone is up in arms because lets face it, one good movie (Argo) does not a great actor make. In addition to his performance in DareDevil, Gili, jersey Girl etc etc, was horrible. Personally I don’t want to see batFleck, but the deal is done and all we can do at this point is prey that Zack brings the performance out of Affleck we all want to see. I wish them luck and I hope he does well, because if he doesn’t he will be ruining not only the batman franchise but leaving a stain on the Superman franchise. I actually like the Superman movie, it wasn’t perfect but I enjoyed it and Id hate to see Affleck
        shat on Cavill’ parade so to speak.

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