Ben Affleck talks becoming the next Batman at Comic-Con

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Ben Affleck Talks Becoming Next Batman At Comic-Con


Warner Bros.' panel at Comic-Con on Saturday was met with huge anticipation, largely because the "Batman v Superman" cast would be appearing.

"Twenty years in Gotham, how many good guys are left? How many stayed that way?" Ben Affleck asked.

Most surprising about the panel was Affleck addressing how he avoided psyching himself out stepping into the franchise character's cape and cowl.

"I think if I thought too hard about the actors who played this part before, I couldn't have taken the job," Affleck said.

But Affleck joked he was reassured when director Zack Snyder said Affleck was perfect for the role because Batman was "at the end of his rope; he's older, he's a burnout."

"At the end of it I was astonished to look at it and go, 'That's exactly what you pitched me,'" the actor told the crowd.

Affleck also told the audience about his run-in at a Halloween costume shop with former Batman actor Christian Bale.

They were standing in the Batman costume aisle because Affleck's son "wisely" wanted to dress as the superhero for Halloween.

Affleck used the moment to ask Bale for a few pointers about playing the Caped Crusader. Bale's advice? Make sure you have a way to go to the bathroom while wearing the suit. Helpful.

"Batman v Superman" hits theaters March 25, 2016.

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Ben Affleck talks becoming the next Batman at Comic-Con

Ben Affleck as Batman in the highly anticipated Batman v. Superman, slotted for a 2016 release. 

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Lewis Wilson as the inaugural Batman in Columbia Pictures 1943 release.

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The first Batman sequel in 1949. Batman is played by Robert Lowery.

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The next generation of Batman and the actor whom has played the role the most was Adam West in the 1960s and 1970s. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) 

20 years post Adam West came the Tim Burton era, where Michael Keaton portrayed the infamous bat. 

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Val Kilmer took on the role in Batman Forever in 1995

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Two years after Batman Forever, another new actor took on the titular role, George Clooney.

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In 2005 with Batman Begins, the franchise got a huge reboot due in part to director Christopher Nolan taking a darker less comical direction and to the casting decision of Christian Bale as Batman. 

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In the 1950's George Reeves stars as the original Superman. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)

In 1978 Christopher Reeve took on the role, producing one of the most iconic Superman performances to date.

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In 1993 Dean Cain took on the role in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman , the series went on to run for four seasons.

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In 2006 Brandon Routh starred in Superman Returns 

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Henry Cavill will be reprising the role from 2013's Man of Steel

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