Ben Affleck, our future Caped Crusader, has finally responded to the massive casting backlash he received last month. Embodying the best of Batman, Affleck explained how he “handles his shit” and will work his hardest to create the perfect adaptation of the Dark Knight. While that might not be enough for the fair lot of doubters out there, it’s more than enough for me. Affleck’s churned up a decent performance or two in his recent projects, and despite lacking the more memorable (and menacing) features of Christian Bale’s iteration, Affleck possesses all the necessary tools to create a palatable Bruce Wayne in Batman vs Superman.
Well, while talking to Jimmy Fallon, here’s what the actor had to say (btw, I’ve just transcribed this entire bit for you, but you can watch the video for yourself below):
It’s so awesome. I’m so excited. They called me up and asked me if I wanted 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”. Zack Snyder’s directing it and he has this amazing vision. Obviously you can’t do what Christian Bale did, those movies were amazing. But Zack wants to something different but in keeping with that.
And I thought this was a brilliant way to do this. I know how to hook into this. And I said “I wanna do this”. The people from the studio were so excited and they said “Listen, we want to talk to you. People go through this process and it can be trying. We want to show you some of the reactions that past cast members received on the internet.” So they send me info, and people (on the internet) were like “Kill him!”. And he was amazing!!! You can’t say anything before the movie comes out. It doesn’t matter what you think before, it matters what you think after the movie comes out.
But I thought “I’m a big boy. I can handle any snub. I can handle anything”. They said don’t use the internet for a few days, but I handle my shit. So I went to the announcement and looked at the first comment and it says “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!”. And I was done! We’re going to be Luddites for a while.
Part of it is when you see the material, when you see the takes, it’s hard to describe without giving it away. But I feel like I have a lot of opportunities.