Ben Affleck Fires Back At Batman Fans About His Casting
Ben Affleck knows you arenít crazy about him being cast as the Caped Crusader in Zack Snyderís Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. But he has been through this before (Gigli), and it seems to have made him (Jersey Girl) stronger as a result.
As part of their coverage of David Fincherís Gone Girl, EW got a chance to interview Ben Affleck in the middle of his filming on Snyderís superhero epic. "Itís a process that Iíll probably have better perspective on when Iím done," Affleck tells the mag. "Batmanís obviously got a set of expectations that are tough. So I spent a lot of time working out." He also understands that with the acceptance of these choice roles comes an instant backlash thatís likely unavoidable. So Affleck, taking the high road, tells EW that he just has to trust in the creative support system Snyder has put in place for Batman v. Superman -- and roll with the punches. Affleck notes:
Everyoneís entitled to their opinion. I wouldnít have taken the part if I didnít trust my instincts in terms of the filmmaking. I think Chris Terrio wrote a terrific script. Zackís a great visual director. And thereís an interesting take. I wouldnít have done it if I didnít think I could do it. I have the benefit of a lot of that understanding. But also, everyone is entitled to their opinion. Thatís a big part of this international sport."
You see? Ben Affleck understands the Internet. Here, let him explain how it works, in case you are completely new to the ways of 2014. (This clip is NSFW, for so many reasons.)
Which means Ben Affleck was prepared for crap like this.
I really wish Ben Affleck had more to say in the interview. He really doesnít. He tells a story he has told before about Warner Bros. warning him about fan outrage. And Affleckís all, "Did you see Daredevil? Bro, I invented fan outrage!" He can let the movie do the talking when it opens Ö 20 months from now. Oof. We have a long way to go.
This article was first published on August 14, 2014 and was last updated on September 5, 2014.
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