Ben Affleck’s controversial casting as Batman in the next Superman romp has earned major support from the guy he competed with for the role.
Josh Brolin confirmed that his reps were in talks with franchise director Zack Snyder for the Batman role, but thinks that in the end, Affleck is the better man for the job.
“I didn’t have conversations about it, but Zack, that was part of his idea. It just didn’t turn out. It’s OK. It is OK. You know, another scenario might have worked better, but I’m happy for Ben,” Brolin told The Huffington Post at the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of his film Labor Day on Friday.
He’s also aware of the massive outpouring of criticism Affleck has received since casting was announced. He said that he thinks the reaction has been unfair.
“I’ve never seen such a global reaction in my life,” Brolin said. “I feel for him, truly. I would not want to be him right now. The reaction becomes so personal. It’s like, ‘F*** this guy, I wish he was dead.’ And you’re like, ‘What? Dude, seriously? This guy is just working like you are. He’s doing the same thing you are. He’s trying to make the best choices he can.'”
Brolin isn’t the only celeb excited for Affleck’s take on the Dark Knight legend. Also supportive of the casting decision is Affleck’s own wife, Jennifer Garner.
“I was excited for him,” she told MTV of her husband’s casting. “I was excited because he had a real take on what he wanted to do, and you know, I have to say, my husband is a pretty great storyteller himself, and I’m excited to watch him do it.”
Maybe this Ben Affleck / Batman thing won’t be so bad.