For fandoms around the world, Comic Con is a time of high expectations. It’s when new trailers are shown and when we finally get the juicy gossip about upcoming projects. 2015 has been no different, with the DC Cinematic Universe (DCCU) leading the way with two trailers; one for the sequel to 2013’s Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, starring Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman, and one for Suicide Squad.
It’s an exciting time, but it’s also a nervous time for everyone involved in the industry and 2015’s comic con was no different. This year, though, was the first year that the DCCU was out in force, and no one felt the heat more than Ben Affleck, who is due to take the reins as Bruce Wayne/Batman in the upcoming series.
“If I thought too hard about the actors who played this part before, I couldn’t take the job,” he told fans gathered at Comic-Con in San Diego.
Affleck’s anxiety is no doubt due in part to not only his last spin as a superhero, 2003’s Daredevil – which was not well received and currently holds 45% on Rotten Tomatoes – but also because of the fact that he replaces Welsh actor Christian Bale, who portrayed the eccentric billionaire/superhero in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy.
However, Zack Snyder, director of both Man of Steel and Batman V Superman, quickly reassured Affleck: “He’s at the end of his rope. He’s older; he’s burned out… You’re perfect for it.”
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice also introduces Academy Award-winning actor Jeremy Irons as Bruce Wayne’s butler Alfred Pennyworth, as well as Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and Jason Mamoa as Aquaman.
When asked on his thoughts on taking the reins of Bruce Wayne’s trusted butler, Irons said he wanted to recognise, but also move away from, previous interpretations of his role.
“Michael Caine was pretty amazing as Alfred, so I had big shoes to sit in,” he said – not mentioning Sean Pertwee’s memorable interpretation of the character in last year’s Gotham. “But he’s a little different my Alfred, so I think there are surprises in store.”
Meanwhile, Gal Godot – previously known for her role as Gisele in the Fast and the Furious franchise – said that her character has “all the strength of a superhero, and at the same time she’s very sophisticated, loving and has a lot of emotional intelligence. So, for me, I feel very, very privileged to be the one who’s going to bring her back to life.”
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is scheduled to be released in the United States and the United Kingdom on March 25, 2016, in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D.