Ben Affleck says DC films are ‘more grand’ than ‘glib’ Marvel movies

Batman actor shares his thoughts on the differences between the films made by the comic book rivals

Ben Affleck has shared his thoughts on the difference between Marvel movies and films based on comic books by its rival, DC.

Affleck will star as one of DC Comics’ most popular characters, Bruce Wayne aka Batman, in next year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice. His only previous superhero role came in 2003’s Daredevil, a film he recently admitted “didn’t work at all”, in which he played Marvel Comics favourite Matt Murdock.

Asked to explain how DC’s world differs from that created by Marvel, Affleck told Entertainment Weekly: “It is more mythic, it is more grand in that way, and it is a little more realistic. Just by their nature, these films can’t be as funny or as quick or as glib as Marvel movies.”

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Earlier this year Joss Whedon, director of Marvel’s Avengers Assemble and its sequel Avengers: Age Of Ultron, admitted that he “desperately” wanted to make a Batman film when he was growing up. “I was a Marvel kid growing up, but I was always DC-curious,” he said. “And I see myself on the spectrum in between.”

Alongside Ben Affleck as Batman and Henry Cavill as Superman, Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice stars Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane and Jeremy Irons as Batman’s butler, Alfred. It’s set to open in cinemas on March 25, 2016.

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