Ben Affleck, who stars as the caped crusader in the newly released superhero blockbuster Batman v Superman, says he modelled his on-screen fight style on toppled UFC champ Conor McGregor.
Affleck, who has previously played Daredevil on the big screen, plays the superhero without superpowers (unless you count Bruce Wayne’s billions) who is forced to go toe to toe with comic books’ infinitely powerful Man of Steel – who, let’s remember, is faster than a speeding bullet and can leap tall buildings and fly.
So how did he compensate for the mismatch?
On publicity junkets for the launch of the movie Affleck told reporters that his Gotham slugger drew on the brawling style of Dublin fight champ McGregor.
Affleck told Reuters: “He’s a little bit more of a brawler. You kind of get a feeling like physical, visceral slugger-thing.
“The fights are more like smash-mouth, kind of UFC-influenced, like Conor McGregor style.”
There is no suggestion that co-star Henry Cavill – no stranger to Dublin where he filmed bawdy historical romp The Tudors between 2007-2010 –copied his fight style from McGregor’s UFC nemesis Nate Diaz, who toppled the Dub at UFC 196.
Watch the trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice here: