There will be more screen time for Ben Affleck, compared to Henry Cavill, in the beginning of “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Director Zack Snyder explained the reason why he chose to do this and talked about some of the other aspects of the movie in recent interviews.
In an interview with TheDailyBeast, Snyder confirmed that Bruce Wayne (Affleck) will be getting more screen time compared to Clark Kent (Cavill) in the forthcoming movie. The director explained that this was because the audience will be seeing a different Batman in the movie compared to the Chris Nolan movies, in which Christian Bale played the role of the protagonist.
The director said that the new character needs a little explanation in the movie for the audience and the additional screen time for the character was only at the beginning of the movie. Snyder pointed out that unlike Bruce, Clark got a full movie that helped introduce the character and explained his back story.
Snyder said that the audience will need to understand where Bruce is with some of the events that have already happened in the DC cinematic universe. The director added that the after the character gets the adequate introduction the screen time for the other characters will even out in “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.”
The director explained the conflict between the two major characters in the movie as their individual understanding of the other’s weaknesses. He said that the two characters were the “opposite sides of the same coin,” where the Caped Crusader is seen as more human and Clark is more like a god.
In an interview with Eonline, Snyder said that when Affleck first tried the Batman voice on the set, he said something “really iconic.” The director did not reveal what the actor said that day, but it was apparently enough to convince everyone that they were going to be fine with Affleck playing the character.
The director also addressed comments made by Emma Thompson about too many superhero movies releasing in Hollywood. Snyder said that he understood why Thompson may be feeling a bit of “superhero fatigue,” but pointed out that if a movie is a compelling human story then it shouldn’t matter if some of the characters are seen wearing capes.
Both the major characters in “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” have capes in their superhero costumes. The movie is slated to be released on March 25, 2016 in the U.S.