Video: Ben Affleck Speaks Out On His Batman Casting & The Backlash For First Time
Reaction to Ben Affleck being cast as the Caped Crusader in the upcoming Man Of Steel sequel has been polarizing to say the least.
So how has the Oscar winner responded? And what are his thoughts on taking on the iconic role of Batman?
He opens up to Jimmy Fallon (and it's pretty hilarious)! Watch!
The Hollywood Reporter also gives us the highlights:
"They called me up and said, 'Do you wanna do this?' And I thought, 'Well, I'm not 25, man. Are you sure about this?' " Affleck told host Jimmy Fallon. It wasn't until after he saw director Zack Snyder's take on the character, a different iteration albeit "brilliant" version than Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale's Dark Knight trilogy.
After he committed, Affleck recalled conversations he had with the studio about the type of hoopla and chaos a key casting like this could create. "'Listen, we want to talk to you because people go through this process and it can be trying,'" Affleck relayed. "I said, 'What do you mean?' 'We want to show you some of the reactions that past people who have been cast have gotten, like on the Internet and stuff.' "
Though he wouldn't name names, Affleck noted that they were people who were received negatively prior to their movies being filmed. "They send me [reactions for] people who were in these movies who did a great
But Affleck was sure he could handle the backlash when the announcement hit. "I'm a big boy," Affleck joked. "They said just don't use the Internet for a couple of days. ... I handle shit. I'm very tough. I saw the announcement, I look down on the first comment ... the first one just goes, 'Nooooooooo!' "
He joked: "We're gonna be luddites for a while, kids."
What do you think, Instincters? Feeling better or worse about this casting decision??