Ben Affleck talks 'Batman' casting criticism (Video)
In late August it was announced that Ben Affleck would appear in the "Man of Steel" sequel "Batman vs. Superman" as Bruce Wayne/Batman. The news didn't go over so well with fans of the caped crusader and a petition was launched on Change.org to "remove" Affleck from the film.
Affleck talked about his casting backlash during his appearance on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" on Monday, Sept. 16, and the actor said he was a "big boy" who could handle criticism. A clip of his appearance on the show can be seen below.
The 41-year-old actor and director explained to Fallon that after he decided to take on the role, the studio executives tried to prepare him for any backlash that could happen after the news was announced.
"People from the studio were like, 'We're thrilled. We're so excited,'" Affleck explained. "And we arranged it and 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. I said, 'What do you mean?'"
Affleck then said the studio executives showed him examples of past reactions from fans from previous superhero casting stories, but he didn't worry too much about it.
"I was like, 'I'm a big boy.' You know what I mean? I don't need to -- I could handle the Emmy snub, I could handle anything," Affleck told Fallon. "They said, 'Just don't use the Internet for a couple of days.' I said, 'I don't -- this is not -- I handle [expletive]. I'm very tough."
He then explained that he ended up checking out at least one reaction to his casting.
"So they said the announcement, I look on this thing, I looked on the first comment," Affleck said. "It's like, 'Ben Affleck is going to be Batman.' The first comment just goes, 'Nooooooooooooooooo.'"
Earlier in the interview, Affleck explained he was a little reluctant to take on the role.
"They [the studio] called me up and said, 'Do you want to do this?' And I thought, 'I'm not 25 man and are you sure about this?' And they said, 'Come down we want to show you what we're doing,' and it was incredible," the actor said of the film.
"Zack [Snyder] is directing it. He had this incredible take on it that's like -- obviously you can't do what Chris[topher Nolan] and Christian [Bale] did. Those movies are amazing," Affleck added. "And so he [Snyder] wants to do something different, but still in keeping with that [the previous films] so I thought, 'This is a brilliant way to do this, and I really know how to hook into this'."
It will be a little while before moviegoers will get a glimpse of Affleck as the Dark Knight. "Batman vs. Superman" is set to hit theaters on July 17, 2015.
Check out Affleck's appearance on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" below. He begins to talk about his role in the film at 1:44.