Ben Affleck talks about the Batman backlash
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.