There are only a couple of months left before Zack Snyder's highly anticipated DC superhero film "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" makes its way to the big screen, and its lead stars Ben Affleck (Batman) and Henry Cavill (Superman) are now discussing the strengths and weaknesses of their characters and how they added a new depth into their personalities.
Snyder insisted that the Batman found in his film be an aging Batman who is going through a midlife crisis. During an interview with USA Today, Affleck said that his caped crusader is actually "a guy who had been through that experience (crime fighting) already for many years and was kind of burnt out and asking himself what the point of it all was and going through an existential crisis."
Affleck was actually more excited to take on the character of Bruce Wayne as opposed to his alter-ego because he got to explore a whole range of emotions.
"Batman is covered up by a suit and sometimes a car and sometimes a lot of vehicles and weapons, whereas Bruce Wayne is much more naked - it's just you and a suit of clothes," he explained. "You can't really play Batman because Batman is different things to different people. We project our own things onto the mythology of what Batman is, and he has to be able to be projected upon. With Bruce Wayne, you have to bring something distinct and new and different."
On the other hand, Cavill talked about the huge battle his character will have with Batman. Whereas Batman is jaded and angry, Superman is idealistic and full of hope.
Cavill knows, just as everybody knows that Superman can easily take on Batman should he so choose. However, Superman refuses to do it and Batman takes advantage of that fact. He even compared their characters to a dad (Superman) playing football with a bunch of kids (Batman).
"He's not going to go all-out against the kids because he'll end up smashing people around. It's the idea of still wanting to have fun but no one gets hurt, so you're being careful about where your knees and elbows are going. That's what Clark is for me, but Superman is far more relaxed. Superman is dad just being dad at home," he said.
"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" will make its way to cinemas on March 25, 2016.