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Watch: Ben Affleck Reveals The Simple Advice Christian Bale Gave Him About Playing Batman

Watch: Ben Affleck Reveals The Simple Advice Christian Bale Gave Him About Playing Batman

Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill just appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America to promote Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, which is pretty cool if you're into that kind of thing.

And in truth, I usually would be, yet I can't help but feel this film is going to be a steaming pile of shite, and this interview doesn't exactly fill me with confidence either. Plus, we've pretty much seen the film in its entirety in the 90-or-so trailers released since late 2014, haven't we?

Anyway, the highlight of the chat definitely comes when the American presenter whose name I refuse to Google asks Affleck if he reached out to former Bat-men  - Nicholson, Clooney, Bale et al - for advice in the iconic role of Caped Crusader, to which Affleck replies:

I talked to Clooney; he had some advice which is not repeatable. And I talked to Christian who just told me to make sure I got a zipper in the suit, which was valuable, practical advice.

Admittedly, it is cool that the 43-year-old Berkeley-born actor sought the advice of those who have previously donned the black mask, but the word of warning from Bale is particularly succinct when you take into account the struggles of the aforementioned Clooney during filming for the abysmal Batman & Robin in 1997:

Far less enthused are we, however, by the flagrant admission that the plot of the film is a bit iffy, or Henry Cavill's referring to the Man of Steel as 'Supes'.

This movie is starting to scare [Warner Bros.],

says Drew McWeeny of Hitfix, citing unnamed sources.

Response has not been exactly what I think they wanted.

In a report, McWeeny shares that Warner Bros. is confident in its other upcoming DC-based film Suicide Squad, scheduled for release on Aug. 5, and that he believes the currently-in-production Wonder Woman will proceed as planned. However, if "Batman v Superman" does not meet expectations, he predicted "seismic shifts" at Warner Bros, stating that the movie will have to "make a billion dollars for people to keep their jobs."

However, McWeeny also claims Affleck's Batman is one of the most well-received parts of Batman v Superman, which may explain the heavy focus on the character in the film's latest trailer (available to watch below). The other bright spot in early Batman v Superman reaction, McWeeny reports, is Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor.

Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice hits cinemas on March 25th.

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Gavan Casey
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