Ben Affleck in Daredevil

Ben Affleck was not the Internet’s top pick to play Batman in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel, to put it mildly, in part because we all remember what happened the last time he donned a superhero costume. But if it’s any consolation, Affleck is just as aware as you are that Daredevil sucked, calling it “the only movie I actually regret.”

Hit the jump to read his thoughts on Daredevil, plus his comments on how his Batman “doesn’t compete” with Christian Bale’s.

Affleck’s latest soundbites come from an interview with Playboy Magazine, as transcribed by Latino Review. Affleck is entirely aware that the initial fan reaction wasn’t positive, but when asked whether the hostility bugged him he seems to take it in stride:

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 can be good in it?

In fact, Affleck adds, Daredevil is the biggest regret of his career:

The only movie I actually regret is Daredevil. It just kills me. I love that story, that character, and the fact that it got fucked up the way it did stays with me. Maybe that’s part of the motivation to do Batman.

But Daredevil wasn’t the only reason Affleck took on the role of the Caped Crusader. The actor recalls that he was initially reluctant to sign on, but changed his mind after he saw the “incredible” plans Zack Snyder had in store.

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.

While Affleck was reluctant to go into too much detail about his character, he explains, “The new Batman is to redefine him in a way that doesn’t compete with the Bale and Chris Nolan Batman but still exists within the Batman canon.” As we’ve previously heard, “It will be an older and wiser version, particularly as he relates to Henry Cavill‘s Superman character.”

Snyder’s Man of Steel follow-up opens July 17, 2015.

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