Ben Affleck: I relate to the Dark Knight’s ‘deeply buried’ rage in ‘Batman V Superman’

(CBR) To help prepare for his role in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” Ben Affleck revealed he keyed in on a trait he shares with the Dark Knight of director Zack Snyder”s film: rage.

“I think it”s a necessity, historically, in the tradition of these films,” the 42-year-old actor told The Sunday Times. “For me, anger is so deeply buried and contained that when it does kind of come out, it comes out in stronger bursts. I tend to be respectful, polite, get along, put up with, put up with, put up with … then, when it finally emerges, it”s not something I have a ton of control over. I”m not gonna go into a Wolverine berserker rage, but I do have a, I do […] That”s my personality.”

Affleck also addressed another rage – that expressed by a lot of Batman fans when he was cast in the role in August 2013.

“I don”t worry too much about what other people say about me versus my own ideas and standards, what I”d like to do,” he said. “Particularly given that when I set out, in 2002 or so, to be a director, if I had listened to all the things people said about whether or not I”d be successful and what kind of movies I”d make, I never would have done it. It was a really good lesson in self-determination and trusting my instincts.”

Opening March 25, 2016, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” also stars Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Diane Lane, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter and Scoot McNairy.