These day, sBen Affleck has a very level-headed opinion of himself. As a celebrity, Affleck is very much aware of the public perception, at least when it comes to how people feel about his acting. While Affleck seemed to become America’s dark horse during the 2013 Oscar race, he ignited a whole different set of opinions when it was announced that he would take on the role of Batman in the Man of Steel sequel.
Dishing on all of those opinions and how his take on Batman will differ from the iconic Christian Bale’s version, Affleck opened up to Playboy Magazine. When it came to discussing all of those severe internet reactions, Affleck seemed to be prepared and already had his dose of reality from Warner Bros.
“I expected that reaction. Warner Bros. told me, ‘You should know what you’re getting into.’ They showed me the reactions to other folks who had been cast in these roles. They said this is how it tends to play out initially.”
Most of the reactions from fans came based upon Affleck’s previous resume choices. Specifically, most of the negative attention was placed on his role as DC Comics superhero Daredevil. The 2004 film, brought him a connection to his wife, then co-star, Jennifer Garner, but that seems to be the only positive light that Affleck saw in the film.
Speaking briefly about the Daredevil debacle, Affleck ate a piece of humble pie and agreed that the film wasn’t what he had initially hoped it would be.
“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? 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.”
Although there seems to be some fan backlash, everyone involved with the Man of Steel franchise are backing the choice of Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne.
Superman himself even gave Affleck two thumbs up. When asked on how he feels about Affleck jumping into the iconic role, Cavill said:
“I’m sure he’ll be fantastic, above all else, and as a filmmaker he’s got his own style, you know, he’s not copying anyone else. And he’s also sort of been tenacious in his career. He’s had ups followed by downs and now he’s very up again and I think that requires and shows a very special strength of character.”
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