Ben Affleck talks about the Batman backlash

News Simon Brew 17 Sep 2013 - 09:26

For the first time, the brand new Batman, Ben Affleck, has been talking about the internet meltdown that greeted his casting...

It's been about a month now since news broke that Ben Affleck was being cast as Batman in Zack Snyder's upcoming Batman Vs Superman movie. He'll be co-starring with Henry Cavill in the 2015 blockbuster, and he appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon in the US yesterday, when the topic inevitably came up.

"They called me up and said 'do you want do this?'. And I thought 'well I'm not 25 man, are you sure about this?". he told Fallon. But it was when he learned how Zack Snyder was planning to address the character of Batman that he agreed to sign on. "An incredible take on it ... this is a brilliant way to do this", he said, whilst confirming that it's going to be a different take to Christopher Nolan's.

Then Affleck addressed the reaction to the casting. It seems that Warner Bros tried to prime him for the level of backlash. "We want to show you some of the reactions that past people who have been cast have been got ... people who were in these movies who did a great job. And people were like 'kill himmmmmmm'."

Making the point that you can't really call a casting decision before a movie comes out, Affleck went on to say "I'm a big boy, I can handle anything. So they said 'just don't use the internet for a couple of days'. I handle shit, I'm very tough!", Affleck said.

He continued: "I saw the announcement, I look down on the first comment. The first one goes 'Nooooooooooooooooooooooo'".

He finished by reiterating the strength of the material, which obviously he's not giving away. But it sounds as though the new Batman has navigated his first obstacle at least: the wrath of the internet...

Here's the video - the Batman stuff starts around the one minute 40 mark...

Batman Vs Superman will be in cinemas in 2015.

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If anything, it'll probably spur him on. You go, Ben.

Do feel a bit sorry for the guy and really don't get the hate. If you don't think he's right for the role that's fair enough but wanting him dead for it? That's just a bit sad. I think he'll be ok. Thing is it's a Zack Snyder film and I just can't get into this style over substance type movie you kids dig nowadays.

Really well handled there and he came across as a really good guy. Still looking forward to his take

It doesn't matter who they had cast, it would have got the same reaction.

The internet is a weird place with people who just like to moan for the sake of it.

Afleck is a great actor. He has come A LONG way since Daredevil. Give the guy a chance.

All people have to do is remember how we all reacted to Ledgers Joker casting...

Remember the reaction to the news that Bruce Banner would be Mark Ruffalo?

Now that the dust has settled, Im not nearly as concerned. Yes, he isnt ideal but im excited to see how it turns out. Quite simply, if its rubbish and he fails as Batman, then at least its not a "Batman" movie that has failed (as its a Superman sequel) and hopefully in 5 years time the can reboot the franchise from scratch with a proper Batman movie. If it succeeds, long may it continue!

I just seen an article that Justin Bieber is reading for a part in the Bat V Supes movie. No word of a lie, there's a pic of him holding up a copy of the script with his name on the front of it. If this happens and he's cast in it then God help us all. Then again, he'd probably make a good Bat Girl.

Good for him.

Yeah, if you've seen Argo then you know he will be good as Batman. I am personally impressed with his skills as an actor and as a director.

This has been promptly denied by Warners. Turns out, they aren't completely dumb

Maybe they could use him to re-enact that iconic moment where Robin gets beaten to by a crowbar-wielding Joker, then blown up? They could even let fans call in to vote on the manner of his brutal demise.

Dial 0800-001 for electrification.
Dial 0800-002 for being knee-capped with a nail gun, then hurled into boiling lava.
Dial 0800-003 for being covered in honey and thrown into a pit of hornets.


Thank Christ for that!

He wasn't even that bad in Daredevil. Personally I think he'll be a fine Batman, maybe even a great one. And let's be honest, if anybody screws up this film, it's going to be the dynamic duo that is Snyder and Goyer, not Affleck...


I'm with you. If you continue down the 300/watchmen route, you eventually get The Spirit **shudder**


You can either prove the naysayers right, or you can prove them wrong.

Exactly! I'd rather someone else were directing. Don't rate Snyder, didn't like Man of Steel. I didn't even like Bale as Batman, but I think Affleck will do fine.

Yet nothing but praise afterwards

yeah it was a *really hilarious* prank by the snotty little **** (insert your own four letter word)

He's come a long way since Gigli too.

If they're not the definitive Hulk and Banner, aside from Ferigno and Bixby, then no one is. Whedon nailed it, and no doubt could have with the first 2 hulks/banners. Snyder ain't Whedon.

Don't get me wrong though, I think Affleck is capable.

I loved Ruffalo but I also think that Edward Norton was pretty damn good.

Lets not forget Heath Ledger as the Joker, as well.

Pun intended?

You caught it first sir so I guess not

I agree, guest, the problem was with the whole rest of the movie: it was just a better version of the Ang Lee one. Guy meets girl, dad chases guy, guy fights badguy. If the 2 movies only had Paul Oakenfold's Ready Steady Go playing for all the chase scenes, then we could've called em the Hulk Identity and the Hulk Supremacy

Wow, no one'c called me sir before. Thanks, :)

What? Then you haven't LIVED!

No, Snyder didn't write Alien Resurrection.

I dunno, that's like blaming Rage Against the Machine for Limp Bizkit. Watchmen was pretty great in my opinion, not style over substance at all. In fact I'd say it was much more substance over style, and not enough 'kewl' action and wise-crackin' badass dudes for the masses.

If the spirit is limp bizkit, then yeah, I suppose you're right. I guess that makes watchmen RATM and 300 Pantera.

Who's May?

Ben affleick looks like a great guy and he is a great actor, but so are Georges Clooney , christian bale and val kilmer, but still it didnt make them great batmans

one of the finest villain's to ever grace our screens.

after watching Argo - I am in awe of Ben, I reckon he'll knock this one right out of the park.


Good on you, Benjamin. Strange how quickly the attacks have died away. Just go back and look at the comments on the announcement article. Tears and tantrums. Either those people are too upset to carry it on here, or they've stopped and taken a breath, and just had a little think.

The internet. Where popular opinion brought us Snakes On A Plane.

Your forgetting one thing… Christian Bale actually wasn’t that good a Batman.

The best thing about Batman Begins was Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Cillian Murphy and Gary Oldman. (All better then Bale)

the best thing about the Dark Knight was Ledger, Aaron Eckhart and Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman… Even the cameo from Cillian Muprhy. (All better then Bale)

the best thing about the Dark Knight Rises was Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Anne Hathaway. (All better then Bale)

Those films succeeded in spite of Bale, not because of him.

I otherwise do love bale's batman, but tbh other characters MAKE the story not batman.

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