Ben Affleck Stands Up to Batman Critics: “I’m Very Tough”
Ben Affleck has proven that he can effortlessly combine his movie star good looks and a tough guy attitude on the big screen in movies like Argo and The Town, but when he was recently cast as Batman opposite Henry Cavill in the upcoming Batman vs. Superman, the world seemed to have forgotten his track record of kicking butt on-screen.
Ben dropped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Monday, September 16 to discuss his upcoming role, in addition to some of the backlash he’s experienced since signing on as the caped crusader.
"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?'” Ben recalled of his initial trepidation about joining the Zack Snyder-helmed project.
After agreeing to sign on, studio executives explained to him that fans might not be entirely kind to him, hammering home their point by showing him him fan reactions to other actors who dared to wear the iconic cape.
“They send me [reactions for] people who were in these movies who did a great job and they'd say, 'Kill himmmm!'" he laughed.
When it was time for news of his turn as Batman to hit the internet, Ben said he was sure he could stomach whatever the world had to say to him.
“I’m a big boy… I handle s—t,” he joked. “I’m very tough.”
However, when it came time to read what people had to say, he found himself surprised.
“I saw the announcement, I look down on the first comment... the first one just goes, 'Nooooooooo!'" he laughed.
To avoid future ego bruising, he joked, “We're gonna be Luddites for a while, kids.”
We're really hoping that Ben doesn't think that his age is getting in the way of his being a good Batman. Bruce Wayne is not a fresh-faced youngster; he needs to have built up a little grit. Ben is 41, which puts him at least solidly in a Batman-friendly age range.
Besides, the last-first-choice for Ben's Batman gig was rugged veteran of the action film Josh Brolin, who's a few years older than Ben! Besides, Josh clarifies that Batman's supposed to be the older, wiser superhero in this situation, anyway. "I started thinking about it personally, like, what are they going to do with this kind of older, wiser version," Josh told MTV. "I liked the idea. I thought it was a really interesting idea. But Ben's gotten so much flack from this, I actually got angry — for him, not at him. Everybody else was angry at him. Now I'm curious to see what he does."
It's more likely that Ben's critical failure, Daredevil, is where he burned that bridge between him comic book fans. Josh had a thing to say about that, too: ""How are you going to bring up a movie that Ben did 10 or 15 years ago and try and [criticize]?"
He added, "I'm going to defend him literally until the death." Okay then!