Ben Affleck says Batman-fan son too young to see new film

Ben Affleck as Batman and Henry Cavill as Superman are shown in a scene from "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice." (Photo credit: Warner Bros.)

Ben Affleck as Batman and Henry Cavill as Superman are shown in a scene from “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” (Photo credit: Warner Bros.)

By Lindsey Bahr
AP Film Writer

BURBANK, Calif. — Ben Affleck might be Batman to his 4-year-old fan-boy son, Samuel, but that doesn’t mean he’ll get to see his dad in action in “Batman v Superman” with the rest of the world when it hits theaters this week.

“Four years old is a little young to see this whole movie,” Affleck said in a Friday interview. “I don’t want him to have nightmares.”

Affleck has often said he partly took on the role for his three kids — his son in particular. And from dressing up as the dark knight for Samuel’s themed birthday party to tipping the FedEx delivery guy a few bucks to stage a fake fight just because Samuel believes that he’s the Joker, it’s a part that hasn’t gone away for Affleck when the cameras stop rolling, especially with the starry-eyed youngster around.

Samuel has seen his dad in trailers for the film and whatever footage is available online, though, and, according to Affleck, those two-minute clips are basically “his whole attention span anyway.”

Affleck said at the very least, his oldest daughter, Violet, 10, can see the PG-13 rated film. In addition to Violet and Samuel, Affleck and Jennifer Garner also have a 7-year-old daughter, Seraphina. The couple separated last year after 10 years of marriage.

As for Samuel, Affleck said he’ll be able to see some of “Batman v Superman” soon, even if it’s chopped up.

“I’ll have to con one of the editors into giving me a truncated version of the movie without some of the scarier stuff,” he said.

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