In case you haven’t heard, all human progress and development shuddered to a grinding, soul-shattering halt in late August with the news that the new Batman had been cast, and he will be played by none other than Ben Affleck. Cries and howls of horror, revulsion, betrayal and rage were heard from every corner of the internet, with Bat-fans bemoaning acting style in general and his appearance in the much-reviled Daredevil in specific. Despite the fact that Affleck does have the comic book look and build of Bruce Wayne/ Batman, fans could not see past what they viewed as his past transgression, nor appreciate his later works.
So… how’d that work out for Affleck?
In a recent interview on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Affleck laid out what it’s like to be cast as Batman, to have the shadows of Christian Bale and Christopher Nolan looming above you, and subsequent fan reaction to his casting:
“It’s so awesome, man. I’m so excited…Zack Snyder’s directing it and he has this incredible take on it. Obviously you can’t do what Chris and Christian did, those movies are amazing. So he wants to do something different but still in keeping with that. So I thought, ‘This is a brilliant way to do this, and I really know how to hook into this.’ And I said, ‘Okay I want to do it.’ And people from the studio said, ‘We’re thrilled, we’re so excited, da da da da.’ Then they said, ‘Listen. We want to talk to you because people go through this process and it’s a little bit you know, it can be trying.’”
Despite warning from the studio, Affleck felt undeterred (““I’m a big boy. I could handle the Emmy snub, I can handle anything”) until he saw the first comment reaction to his casting on a website (“The first comments just goes, ‘Noooooooooooooooooo!’”), and decided the avoid the internet for awhile.
Technically, Affleck is in good company (fans have previously freaked at the casting of Michael Keaton as Batman, Heath Ledger as the Joker, and Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle), so perhaps he’ll impress us all with his take on Batman. Either way, we’ll probably be too distracted by the poor handling of the material by Snyder to care all that much about Affleck’s performance, right?
What do you think of the Batman news?
Source: Cinema Blend