When Ben Affleck was announced the Batman in Zach Snyder’s Batman vs Superman the internet ripped itself in half. People ran screaming through the streets. petitions were created, message boards had people posting furiously, and nerds everywhere were in a bad mood for days.
Well, Affleck has spoken out about the reaction to his casting. His even and measured response speaks volumes about his character. Hopefully he can pull off Bruce Wayne.
Affleck had this to say:
“It’s so awesome. I’m so excited. They called me up and said ‘Do you want to do this?’ And I thought ‘I’m not 25 man, are you sure about this?’ And they said ‘Come down, we wanna show you what we’re doing.’ It was incredible. Zack Snyder’s directing it and he has this incredible take on it that like, obviously you can’t do what Chris [Nolan] and Christian [Bale] did, those movies are amazing. And so he wants to do something different but still in keeping with that.
And I thought this was a brilliant way to do this and I really know how to hook into this. And I said ‘Okay I wanna do it.’ The people from the studio were like ‘We’re thrilled, we’re so excited,’ we arranged it and they said ‘Listen, we want to talk to you because people go through this process and it can be trying.’ I said ‘What do you mean?’ They said ‘We want to show you some of the reactions that past cast members have gotten on the internet and stuff.’ So they send me, I won’t even say who they were, people who were in these movies who did a great job, and these things were like ‘Kill him!!!’ And he was amazing! You can’t say it before the movie comes out. It doesn’t matter what you think then, it matters what you think when you see the movie, obviously.
But I was like ‘I’m a big boy. If I can handle the Emmy snub. I can handle anything.’ They said ‘Just don’t use the Internet for a couple days,’ but I said ‘I handle shit, I’m very tough.’ So I saw the announcement, I looked on this thing, I looked at the first comment it’s like ‘Ben Affleck is going to be Batman’ and the first thing goes “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!” And I was like ‘Maybe we should just [pushes to the side]. We’re going to be Luddites for a while, kids.’
Part of it is when you see the materials and when you see the take, it’s a very hard thing to describe without giving away the story and giving away what it is. But I really feel like I have a lot of opportunities now which is really great and this is something that’s really exciting.”