Ben Affleck Addresses Batman Casting Backlash
Love him or hate him, Ben Affleck is going to be Batman in Zack Snyder's Batman Vs. Superman. It seems that over time people have been warming up to the idea of Affleck playing Batman, but there are still some fans out there that aren't sold on it. I predict that they will be as soon as they see him in the awesome suit that we've been hearing about. In a recent interview with Playboy, the actor talks about understanding the backlash of the fans, as well as the parts of Snyder’s vision that made him want to take the role.
"I understand I'm at a disadvantage with the internet. If I thought the result would be another Daredevil, I'd be out there picketing myself. [laughs] Why would I make the movie if I didn't think it was going to be good and that I could be good in it?... [But] I've learned it doesn't matter what people think before a movie comes out; what matters is what people think when they see the movie. There's a lot of noise in the world, and the internet magnifies that energy. My focus is on the actual execution of the movie. Would I have had that perspective 10 years ago? I don't know. The world was different then.
"It seems odd to me to criticize casting if you haven't read the script and don't know the tone or the take. But the casting of high-profile projects seems to generate negative attention; it's fun to give your thumbs-up or thumbs-down. I've had the luxury recently of doing Argo, The Town and The Company Men, films that didn't have a high profile. You have the luxury of waiting until the movie is released before being judged. I've learned to think, I may succeed or fail, but I'm going to do so on the merit of my own instincts. It's a great business in that way. You do a movie that's successful, you get a little victory lap, and then you start at the beginning; you have to prove yourself all over again. I like that because it motivates you to work harder."
Affleck then admits that he passed on the role initially, but was eventually swayed by Snyder’s approach to the character.
"The stuff was incredible. … It was a unique take on Batman that was still consistent with the mythology. It made me excited. All of a sudden I had a reading of the character. When people see it, it will make more sense than it does now or even than it did to me initially."
Affleck goes on to say that that his one true regret in his acting career is Daredevil, because he does love the character and just wishes his attempt at playing Matt Murdoch turned out better. You know what though, Daredevil wasn't his fault, it was the writing and directing that made that movie suck. I think Affleck would have been fine in the role had he been surrounded by better talent.
I just can't wait to see what Snyder has in store for fans with this Man of Steal sequel! I'm thinking the first time we see Affleck in his costume will be at San Diego Comic-Con in July.