Ben Affleck understands backlash. One doesn’t star in a string of duds like Jersey Girl, Gigli and Surviving Christmas without acquiring a thick skin. The guy survived "Bennifer," the demeaning nickname born of an incredibly high-profile romance with Jennifer Lopez. He thinks he can handle some internet furor over his recent casting as Batman in Zack Snyder’s developing Man of Steel sequel, and I tend to believe him.
Affleck sat down with Playboy magazine a while back for an interview that surfaced in the January/February issue of the publication (read the SFW version here). While the conversation seemed to take place right after it was revealed that Affleck had been cast, the candid actor/director talks about the immediate reaction to his casting, as well as the parts of Snyder’s vision that lured him to the role. His comments are enlightening, and should be shared. About the fan-lash, Affleck admitted:
Affleck goes on to admit that he passed on the role initially, but was swayed by Snyder’s approach to the classic Batman character.
And Affleck concludes by saying that his one true regret in his acting career remains Daredevil, because he loves the character and really wishes his attempt at playing Matt Murdoch turned out better. Well, the Man Without Fear is getting new life on television, and Affleck is getting yet another chance to redeem himself in the eyes of a constantly judging audience by continuing the saga of the Batman on screen. He doesn’t want to replicate what Christian Bale did in the Nolan movies. He wants to match Henry Cavill in a Snyder movie.
Is that better? Worse? We have until 2016 to debate. The comments might be slightly dated, but I think it’s good to know Affleck’s mindset as he prepares to film this massive blockbuster. The fate of the D.C. Cinematic Universe could depend on it.
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