Well, though 2016’s Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice was about two superheroes facing each other; off-screen Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck also had an unknowingly intimidating rivalry going on. Henry has agreed that he was intimidated by how ‘huge’ Affleck was.
In a very interesting conversation, Henry Cavill said that he thought he was ready for the film until he met Ben Affleck. That made him push his boundaries to reach a level where he could face Affleck.
In a conversation with ComicBookMovie, Henry revealed, “Like most things in life, you put yourself at a certain level, and I thought I was in good shape going into that film. Then I met Ben Affleck. What struck me first was how funny he was, but man was he ripped as well. I’ve never been the type of guy to get involved in any sort of macho one-upmanship, but I admit I was more than a bit intimidated, and it gave me the desire to push it a bit more because Ben is really built. The guy is huge. I’m puny by comparison. He is much bigger than I expected, this huge presence and vast physicality. I had to step it up. When you see this mountain of a man walking around set, you think, ‘I’ve got to get to the gym… yesterday.'”
He also added, “Ben and I didn’t compare biceps or see who could do the most sit-ups! Anyway, we filmed our shirtless scenes separately and we didn’t train at the same place either. Having said that, you could feel there was a form of rivalry, of competition, between us on the set” and that there’s always going to be competition between two men if they want to be superheroes.”
Ben Affleck also had similar thoughts about Henry Cavill and he said, “I saw the first movie Man Of Steel and Henry was in it and I saw the kind of shape he was in it and it was very intimidating. I was like, “Wow, I got to look like that? That’s going to be a lot of work. I’m not sure I can be in quite that good of a shape. But Henry definitely set a high bar. But he has to be at that high bar because he’s playing an alien. I figured I have a lower bar to reach, I’m just playing a man.”