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Now, as you might imagine, Hollywood stars are rarely all that open about exactly how they feel about the movies that they've made, especially when those movies receive a kicking from critics. Sure, most actors have tales of the very worst movies they've worked on, but they tend to be 10 years old or more, and not involve anyone who the star is likely to work with again.

It's hard not to feel for Ben "Batman" Affleck, then, after he was recently asked to review Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, a movie that acquired almost as much critical hate as it did money at the box office. As it turns out, though:

Ben Affleck's Review Of Batman v Superman Is Surprisingly Balanced

[Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice/Warner Bros.]
[Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice/Warner Bros.]

Or, at least, it suggests that Affleck is well aware of the criticisms that the film has faced, and sees at least some validity in them. You can check out the interview — with Washington DC's FOX 5 — for yourself, just below:

"It's interesting: It was a huge hit movie — more people went to see that than any movie I've made in my career. It was the biggest hit of my career and then it had so much editorial negativity... Fans went, and I got a lot of positive response. It was interesting, that movie, because it was judged not necessarily on execution so much as on its tone. People seemed to want to have a lighter tone to the movie... and I think that was interesting. Tone is not a qualitative thing. It's subjective, right? Some tones resonate with me that might not with you. And the tone of the movie was really parallel to the Frank Miller book ['The Dark Knight Returns'], which I liked and thought was great. I'm glad that so many people went and so many people liked the movie... I loved it."

Which, of course, isn't exactly a detailed critical breakdown, but certainly seems to be the sort of carefully appraising approach you would hope that the director of Batman's next solo movie would be taking.

Does Affleck's fondness for the film's darker tone suggest that we'll see a return to Batman v Superman's more grim approach in The Batman, though? We'll have to wait and see, it seems.

Want more on Batman's new solo movie in the meantime? We've got more on the solo movie's new title, and what it means, right here.

What do you think, though? Do you agree with Affleck about Batman v Superman? Let us know below!


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