Oscar winner Ben Affleck appeared on “Live with Kelly and Michael” on Sept. 29 to promote his upcoming film “Gone Girl” which opens in theaters nationwide on Oct. 3. Michael Strahan couldn’t resist mentioning how “jacked” up Affleck looks and wanted to know if he is working out for “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice” which is being filmed here in Detroit, Michigan.
Ben, who was decked out in a three-piece suit to admittedly up his fashion ante with Michael, confessed he has been working out for the part. He said, “These are not roles that you can do and not exercise for. Audiences now have increasing expectation. Like in the ‘50s you could just be Burt Lancaster and like, tall. That was okay. Now, you see guys like Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans and all these guys whose bodies are just – you think, how is that even possible? So, exercising is as much a part of the job in some ways as the rest of it.”
Ben is referring, of course, to the giant wave of super hero films that have garnered huge global fan bases in recent decades. Consider the Marvel film giants like “The Avengers” franchise that has grossed more than $623 million dollars domestically and over $1.5 billion dollars worldwide. Fans are rabid for their favorite comic super heroes. According to BoxOffice Mojo, the top draw on the “Batman” ladder falls to “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises” grossing over $533 million and over $448 million domestically, respectively.
So, Ben Affleck already knows he’s got some big Bat Boots to fill in donning the suit for such a beloved character. The co-hosts also had to ask if Ben gets to keep the suit and Kelly jokingly asked if he could wear it for her kids’ birthday party. It may not come as too big of a shock that studio execs advised Ben he could keep the suit for $100,000 dollars. What?!
The hosts failed to ask if Ben and his recently married buddy George Clooney have compared notes about the Batsuit, which has been worn by a bevy of well-known actors including Michael Keaton for two films, Val Kilmer, then George Clooney before Christopher Nolan’s franchise took over with the character in his infamous film trilogy. Christian Bale suited up for “Batman Begins,” “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises.”
Details about the Zack Snyder project which is really a “Man of Steel” sequel are being kept tightly under wraps. The impending 2016 blockbuster also stars Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jason Mamoa as Aquaman/Arthur Curry, Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman and Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luther. And, Jeremy Irons couldn’t have been more perfectly cast as Bruce Wayne’s loyal butler, Alfred.
While Ben couldn’t really discuss film specifics, in a Sept. 29 “Detroit Free Press” interview he noted that Detroit has “made a big impression” on him. He toured auto plants and even bought both a Ford and a GM vehicle to support the local economy. As for the city itself, Ben remarked “There are parts that look like Metropolis and parts that look like Gotham City.”
Ben Affleck undeniably has the perfect stature to make a formidable billionaire by day crime-fighter by night with his upcoming iteration of the iconic character. Wouldn’t it be neat to see a Chevrolet insignia on the Batmobile as well?
At the moment, Ben is busy making talk show rounds to promote the release of his upcoming movie “Gone Girl,” which opens nationwide on Oct. 3. The dark tale of psychological suspense is based on Gillian Flynn’s bestselling novel of the same name. In it, he stars as Nick Dunne, a man who becomes the lead suspect after he reports his wife as missing. The role marks a very different, morally ambiguous romantic lead and the Oscar winning director (“Argo”) is already generating early Oscar buzz for his performance.
“Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice” is slated for a March 2016 release. “Live with Kelly and Michael” airs weekdays at 9 am ET on ABC.