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Ben Affleck reveals Batman movie title and gives his verdict on 'Dawn of Justice'

Mark Daniell.

By Mark Daniell, Postmedia Network

Ben Affleck as Batman.

Ben Affleck as Batman.

If you’re wondering what Ben Affleck thought of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, he has three words for you: “I loved it.”

Affleck is doing the press rounds for The Accountant — in which he plays an autistic, but lethal vigilante — and of course talk has turned to his role as the Dark Knight in DC’s Expanded Cinematic Universe.

Batman v Superman was the second entry in the DCEU and it was met with a tepid critical response.

“It’s interesting. It was a huge hit — more people went to see that than any movie I’ve made in my career,” Affleck said in an interview with Fox 5 DC.

“Fans went, and I got a lot of positive response,” he continued. “People seemed to want to have a lighter tone to the movie, and I thought that was interesting... Some tones resonate with me that might not with you. And the tone of the movie was really parallel to the Frank Miller book (The Dark Knight Returns), which I liked and thought was great. I’m glad that so many people went and so many people liked the movie and it worked out.”

Affleck is reprising his role as the Dark Knight in next year’s Justice League, and is planning his own solo Batman film, which he will direct and co-write with Geoff Johns.

“The movie I think is going to be called The Batman,” Affleck told the AP in a separate interview. “At least that’s what we’re going with right now. I might change it.”

The villain was announced as Deathstroke (to be played by Joe Manganiello) and in an interview with Collider, Affleck was asked about the choice.

“He’s a great villain because — I just had an instinctive feeling that he would match up with him well,” he said. “You know, I’m a big admirer of that character as well, especially in the New 52 the way that they did Deathstroke, and I thought that it could work.”

In an interview with Postmedia Network earlier this year, Jared Leto, who played Batman nemesis The Joker in Suicide Squad, said that he wanted his Clown Prince of Crime to appear in Affleck’s Batman film.

“I think it would be incredible to see Batman and the Joker go head-to-head,” he told Bruce Kirkland.

“This Batman and this Joker. I mean, I don’t know, that might be too much! But that would be fun.”

Ben Affleck’s The Accountant opens Oct. 14.