'Batman vs Superman' Movie News: Producer Likens Ben Affleck Backlash To Heath Ledger In 'The Dark Knight' [VIDEO]
One of the producers of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is likening the backlash of Ben Affleck being the new Batman to another controversial choice in a previous Batman film.
Michael Uslan, who has been a producer on every feature-length Batman movie released since Tim Burton's Batman in 1989, spoke with the Asbury Park Press over the weekend where he had nothing but praise for Affleck.
"Of course, we got it intensely when another genius, Chris Nolan, chose Heath Ledger to play the Joker (in 2008's The Dark Knight)," Uslan noted. "And it was a huge outcry: 'How can a guy who just played a gay cowboy (in 2005's Brokeback Mountain) play the Joker? You're going to destroy the greatest villain ever, this is going to be a laugh.'"
As most know, Ledger's performance went on to become one of the most iconic in modern cinema history, winning the actor a posthumous Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
"So, this has happened time and again, and it happened with Affleck," Uslan said, of the backlash. "To go back to the original thought of Bruce Wayne in his mid-40s, I think he's going to be extraordinary."
Batman v Superman features an older Batman with several decades of experience under his belt. Affleck will be sharing the screen with Henry Cavill's Superman, allowing the two characters to be on screen with each other (in live action) for the first time in film history.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is scheduled for release in theaters on March 25, 2016.