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Anthony Mackie Defends Ben Affleck Casting As Batman

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09/21/2013 11:54 pm
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Anthony Mackie Defends Ben Affleck Casting As Batman
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Heather O'Connell

Staff Writer

It looks as if another actor is stepping up to defend Ben Affleck being cast as Batman in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel. That actor is Anthony Mackie, Affleck’s costar in the film Runner, Runner. Mackie knows a little bit about playing a superhero as well since he just finished filming his roles as the first African-American superhero, Falcon, in the upcoming sequel Captain America: Winter Soldier. When Mackie was asked by E! News about Affleck’s casting as Batman he said: "I think it's great, my favorite Batman was Michael Keaton because he made Batman like an everyday guy we can relate to. I feel like the last few [actors playing] Batman have been lost in trepidation that you really can't relate to. So I feel like Ben Affleck—what makes him a star is he has that everyman quality. I feel like he is going to bring that back to Batman and make him cool again." Mackie also revealed that he gave Affleck some advice on portraying Batman. "I said punch harder and he will win every fight." Mackie also spoke to E! News about how he became pals with Runner, Runner costar, Justin Timberlake. "We did not have time to golf unfortunately. Justin was working on his album at the time of us shooting this movie and he had a thousand other things going on. We just hung out and had a few beers, he is just a really nice guy and works so hard that you want him to succeed and we have become friends because of this movie so I just like to stand back and watch him grow." You’ll be able to see Mackie with his costars, Affleck and Timberlake, in the film Runner, Runner when it hits theatres October 4th. Mackie will also make his superhero debut in the Captain America sequel when that hits theatres April 4, 2014.


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