Since the announcement that Ben Affleck will play Batman in Zack Snyder‘s 2015 sequel, Batman vs. Superman, we’re heard what everyone thinks: The director, the potential composer, past Batmans, other actors, friends, and family. But there’s one person who has not yet commented. That person is Ben Affleck himself.
Affleck was on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to promote his new movie, Runner Runner, and finally spoke up about Batman. He spoke about his excitement, how Warner Bros. got him to do the role and how they tried, and failed, to prepare him for the inevitable Internet backlash. Watch the clip and read the quotes below.
Here’s the clip from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The Batman stuff stars about 1:40 in. We’ve transcribed the full quote below, but Affleck’s mannerisms and gesticulation are much more informative than the basic quotes are alone.
Here’s the quote:
It’s so awesome. I’m so excited. They called me up and said ‘Do you want 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.’ It was incredible. Zack Snyder’s directing it and he has this incredible take on it that like, obviously you can’t do what Chris [Nolan] and Christian [Bale] did, those movies are amazing. And so he wants to do something different but still in keeping with that.
And I thought this was a brilliant way to do this and I really know how to hook into this. And I said ‘Okay I wanna do it.’ The people from the studio were like ‘We’re thrilled, we’re so excited,’ we arranged it and they said ‘Listen, we want to talk to you because people go through this process and it can be trying.’ I said ‘What do you mean?’ They said ‘We want to show you some of the reactions that past cast members have gotten on the internet and stuff.’ So they send me, I won’t even say who they were, people who were in these movies who did a great job, and these things were like ‘Kill him!!!’ And he was amazing! You can’t say it before the movie comes out. It doesn’t matter what you think then, it matters what you think when you see the movie, obviously.
But I was like ‘I’m a big boy. If I can handle the Emmy snub. I can handle anything.’ They said ‘Just don’t use the Internet for a couple days,’ but I said ‘I handle shit, I’m very tough.’ So I saw the announcement, I looked on this thing, I looked at the first comment it’s like ‘Ben Affleck is going to be Batman’ and the first thing goes “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!” And I was like ‘Maybe we should just [pushes to the side]. We’re going to be Luddites for a while, kids.’
Part of it is when you see the materials and when you see the take, it’s a very hard thing to describe without giving away the story and giving away what it is. But I really feel like I have a lot of opportunities now which is really great and this is something that’s really exciting.
It’s incredibly interesting to me that Warner Bros. did what so many other websites did after the announcement. They went back and found the same negative comments about other great cast members. I’d imagine Affleck is talking about Heath Ledger above but really it could have been anyone, as it’s well-established fans are not happy when anyone – except maybe Christian Bale – plays Batman.
Did Affleck’s comments win you over?