‘Batman v Superman’ stars kick of Asian promo in Beijing

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Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill face off as Batman and Superman

Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill face off as Batman and Superman

Superhero film opens Black Saturday
Director Zack Snyder teamed up with Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill this week to bring their new film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to China’s capital city, Beijing.

Speaking at the promotion event, Ben Affleck said it was “daunting” to play the iconic Batman in this superhero film.

“The biggest challenge going into was the sort of daunting aspect of playing a character who’s got such a fixed place in people’s minds already. You know people’s expectations. I think that was the biggest challenge. I didn’t get to create the character. I had to sort of recreate something and hope that it fit into people’s, our idea of who Batman was already and hope that they would accept my nuances on it.”

Cavill returns to the role of Superman after pulling on the red cape in the 2013 reboot Man of Steel. The 32-year-old actor admitted the new film brought a more physical kind of challenge for him.


(From left) Affleck, director Snyder and Cavill

(From left) Affleck, director Snyder and Cavill

“Mostly, with a lot of imagination. The idea behind Superman, for me, in preparation, doesn’t really change from movie to movie. But with this one particular, it was having to work doubly hard in the gym, because I knew I was going up against Ben, and Batman. And so with that, I just, I had to make sure that I was a fair match,” he explained.

After his heroes had their turn at the mic, Synder expressed his hope to cheer fans by gathering Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman together in one place for his movie.

Beijing was the first stop of the superhero film’s global promotion tour. It opens across the Philippines in IMAX, Dolby Cinema, 3D and 2D theaters on Black Saturday, March 26. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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