If you’ve been paying any attention to the world of entertainment and movies you’ll know one thing: superhero adaptations are everywhere. This year has brought us conflict within the ranks of the heroes, with both Captain America: Civil War and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice focusing on the heroes kicking the crap out of each other. Of course, the two movies had drastically different critical receptions, with the latter being panned by fans and critics alike, much to the chagrin of Ben Affleck. In fact, Ben Affleck was apparently more than disappointed with the reception of the movie.
Birth.Movies.Death has reported that Ben Affleck’s reaction was layered and angered for a few reasons. While we don’t know the source of this information, it does seem logical. Check it out.
My sources have told me that Affleck was incredibly unhappy about the reception of BvS. He felt humiliated after spending so much of the press tour saying how much better this film would be than Daredevil. On top of that his agent was furious when Kevin Tsujihara jumped the gun and announced him as the director of The Batman - there were still negotiations happening.
Yikes. This sounds like a lot of anger, and for a good reason. If this report is to be believed, that is. Let’s break down what we’re being told.
To start, it obviously makes sense that Ben Affleck would be unhappy about the poor reception of Batman v Superman. The film was hyped up greatly and there was a ton of buzz around both the movie, and his performance. While his role as Bruce Wayne remained the high point of the movie, it garnered mixed to bad reviews. Affleck was reportedly very involved in the film, even being reported as working on the script while in full Batman costume. Working so hard and believing in a project, only to have it blow up in your face, is surely a hard pill to swallow.
It’s even worse when you’re recorded on camera reacting to the news, and it breaks the internet.
Plus, there is Ben Affleck’s past with superhero movies. The last time he donned a superhero suit and kicked some ass on screen was in the somewhat disastrous 2003 movie Daredevil. While a financial success (which garnered a horrific spinoff), the film drew a fair amount of criticism. Once again, Affleck’s performance was praised, but plot holes an unoriginal script made for mixed reviews. Clearly, Affleck felt some pressure to deliver a better result, so receiving similar criticism might have struck a chord.
In regards to Ben Affleck’s direction of the untitled Batman solo flick, it seems like he has every right to be upset. Having the announcement of his role as director released before anything was finalized seems like poor business. Of course, this may not be the truth of the situation, as rumors don’t always end up to be factual.
Luckily, you’ll be able to see Ben Affleck as Batman very soon, with Suicide Squad opening on August 5th, 2016.