Ben Affleck reacts to Batman casting backlash

Ben Affleck reacts to Batman casting backlash

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Ben Affleck hasn’t gotten this much grief since “Gigli (JEE’-lee).” Minutes after it was announced that Affleck would be the next Batman, the Internet was filled with outrage. One woman posted “Are you kidding? Ben as Batman will be a bomb. What an insult and joke to the Batman legacy!” Another person suggests that if Affleck can play Batman, why not get Justin Bieber for Robin, Britney Spears for Catwoman and Lindsay Lohan for the Joker? Many people point out that the first time Affleck played a superhero, he bombed in “Daredevil” and got a Razzie for Worst Actor of the Year. Petitions with thousands of signatures are urging Warner Brothers to change their mind. But one petition on Change.org wishes that Batman fans would just “calm down and have a cup of tea.” Affleck won’t be starring in a Batman movie. He’ll actually be part of the next “Superman” movie with Henry Cavill.

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by Lauren Moraski

CBS News

Posted on September 17, 2013 at 10:42 AM

(CBS) -- Don’t worry about Ben Affleck. He’s got this whole Batman backlash thing under control.

The 41- year-old actor, who will star opposite Henry Cavill’s Superman in a 2015 sequel to “Man of Steel,” was on the receiving end of some hefty criticism when the casting details were announced last month.

But Affleck is clearly shrugging it off.

“I’m a big boy. If I can handle the ‘Emmy’ snub, I can handle anything...I’m very tough,” the star joked during a visit to “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” on Monday.

Affleck said Warner Bros., the studio behind the film, gave him a heads up that there could be some negative reaction online. “The people from the studio said, ‘We want to talk to you because people go through this process and it can be a little trying,’” he revealed. “They said, ‘We want to show you some of the reactions that past cast members have got on the Internet.’”

Apparently, Affleck was curious: “I saw the announcement, I look at the first comment and it’s like, ‘Ben Affleck is going to be Batman’ and the first one goes, ‘Noooooooo!’”

Affleck also admitted he was a little skeptical about taking on the role at first: “They 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.”

In the Zach Snyder-directed film, Affleck will star alongside “Man of Steel” stars Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White and Diane Lane as Martha Kent. Production is expected to begin in next year for release on July 17, 2015.

 

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