Ben Affleck ain’t afraid of the backlash surrounding his casting as the new Batman. In fact, the actor is taking all of this in stride and with a refreshing sense of humor to boot.
The 41-year-old actor made an appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, and, of course, the subject of fan backlash in the wake of his casting as Batman in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Batman Vs Superman flick—co-starring Henry Cavill, back as the Man of Steel himself—reared its ugly head.
“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?”
However, when he learned how Zack Snyder was planning to address the character, Affleck was more than ready to sign on the dotted line. He called the project “an incredible take on it ... this is a brilliant way to do this," adding that the take on the dark DC Comics character would be different than Christopher Nolan’s.
The actor also went on to address the violently negative reaction to his casting, saying that Warner Bros. tried to make him ready for the amount of backlash he was about to receive. Affleck said that the studio told him, “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'.”
The former Daredevil star also made the extremely valid point that you can’t judge a casting decision before a movie actually comes out (remember the Michael Keaton and Christian Bale backlash before both actors showed all of us naysayers that they were amazing Batman(s)? Yeah, those ones) and added, "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 s--t, I'm very tough!"
Then he added, laughing, “I saw the announcement, I look down on the first comment. The first one goes 'Nooooooooooooooooooooooo'.”
Yep, awesome sense of humor. Let's give the dude a chance and wait and see if Ben Affleck can pull this off, shall we?
Zack Snyder’s Batman Vs Superman will be released in 2015.
(via Den of Geek)