Ben Affleck is “a big boy” and can “handle s—t” according to, well, Ben Affleck.The actor opened up on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon about the negative fan reaction surrounding his Batman casting and how he feels about taking the torch from Christian Bale.
“I was like, ‘I’m a big boy,’” he told Jimmy. “If I can handle the Emmy snub, I can handle anything!”
He explained the studio, Warner Bros., warned him that past actors cast in the Batman role received a lot of backlash. “They said, ‘Just don’t use the Internet for a couple of days.’ What do you mean? I handle s—t, you know what I mean? I’m very tough,” said the father of three.
“So 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 just goes, ‘Nooooooooooo!’”
And with that, he closed the browser, shrugged it off and joked, “We’re gonna be Luddites for a while, kids.”
Despite what people may think, Ben is determined to give his all to the role and knows how beloved Christian was as the last Batman.
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"[Director] Zack Snyder has this incredible take on it, and obviously you can't do what Christian did, those movies are amazing, so he wants to do something different,” the 39-year-old Oscar winner shared. “So I thought this is a brilliant way to do this and I really know how to hook into this."
Soon after the news was released on Aug. 22, the Internet blew up in outrage.
More than 30 petitions were created on Change.org gaining thousands of supporters, demanding that Warner Bros. recast the role.
And #BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck became the number one trending hashtag on Twitter. Many people, including some stars, doubted Ben in the part based on some of his film flops and the commercial fail of his 2003 superhero movie, Daredevil.
Actor Richard Dreyfuss even tweeted, “You read for a part, you feel good about it, you feel confident, then they cast Ben Affleck.” Actress Debra Messing retweeted that message and wrote “LOL!!!!!”
The sequel, which stars Ben opposite Henry Cavill as Superman, hits theaters in summer 2015.
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