Ben Affleck didn’t watch the clock when he was buffing his body up for Batman v Superman.
The 43-year-old actor will wow audiences as the caped crusader in new flick Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. British star Henry Cavill is returning to the franchise as Superman, and while Affleck has played a superhero before with Daredevil, the physique he needed for Batman was a completely new ball game.
“You’re not going to have a ton of success if you’re scared by the numbers on the clock and he certainly is not,” Ben’s trainer Walter Norton Jr. told Muscle & Fitness magazine. “He gets it done, and it doesn’t matter what time it is. We often worked out at five in the morning, or late at night.”
For the role director Zack Snyder wanted Affleck to go really extreme with his muscles, and bulk up way more than previous actors who played Batman – Christian Bale and Michael Keaton.
However, when someone suggested Affleck should emulate the body of a young Arnold Schwarzenegger, Walter couldn’t help but laugh.
“We got a good chuckle out of that,” he smiled. “You’re talking about maybe the best body of all time. With Batman we had to get a physically imposing powerful look. And that takes a lot of reps. You have to be in the weight room day after day, so it certainly was a process.”
Ben Affleck’s Batman Workout
To get into shape, Ben Affleck’s Batman workout routine was equal parts bodybuilding exercises and functional movements. Walter was careful to prevent any injuries though, so altered the fitness plan accordingly.
“Because we knew we had to train for such a long period of time, you’ve got to be a little more joint-friendly,” he explained. “But you’ve got to add muscle, so there was certainly an aesthetic muscle-building element it. He got very good at chin-ups and pull-ups. He’s very good at inverted rows. He added a lot of weight to his glutes and his legs and he hadn’t before, his calves got a lot bigger. Certainly he’s got a great frame.”
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