Recently Entertainment Weekly sat down with Ben Affleck to discuss his role in David Fincher’s film adaptation of the bestselling 2012 crime thriller, [Gone Girl](movie:833123). Lucky for us, they were also able to sneak in some questions about his role in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
While the content of the film was not discussed, Affleck finally opened up about the fan-responses over his being cast and his reaction to them. When asked if the backlash from fans bothered him at all he responded:
"Before I took the role, Warner Bros. gave me a bunch of past reactions to casting and said, “Are you sure you want to get into this? This is part and parcel of these movies now. There’s a lot of active fans with a lot of opinions.” To me, having been through a certain amount of that, it doesn’t really… Everyone’s entitled to their opinion. I wouldn’t have taken the part if I didn’t trust my instincts in terms of the filmmaking,"
I mean, it was no secret that people felt mixed on his casting, but it seems like Affleck handled it well. Batfleck then went on to commend the screenwriter Chris Terrio and director Zack Snyder for their interpretation of the character:
"I think Chris Terrio wrote a terrific script. Zack’s a great visual director. And there’s an interesting take. I wouldn’t have done it if I didn’t think I could do it. I have the benefit of a lot of that understanding. But also, everyone is entitled to their opinion. That’s a big part of this international sport. The Fifty Shades of Grey kid or whatever it is. That’s sort of become a thing."
Despite the outcry from fans, Affleck believes that a character's casting gauging that kind of a response is actually a good thing!
"You know what? It’s great that people do care that much," he told the site. "They want to see the movie that much. And it is incumbent on you to honor the story. There are the Greek myths and these are the American myths. The American myths are these superheroes. People care about ‘em a lot. And it’s incumbent on you to do a good job and make it as excellent as you possibly can. At the end of the day, the movie’s all that matters."
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is already well into filming but when EW asked what it’s like to portray Batman, Affleck was slightly apprehensive in answering too quickly:
"It’s a process that I’ll probably have better perspective on when I’m done. I can tell you that every time I do a role, it’s the responsibility of an actor to get their physical self as close to the role as possible. And Batman’s obviously got a set of expectations that are tough. So I spent a lot of time working out. And it’s a far cry from Gone Girl where my character is described as “puffy and hungover.” I want you to know I worked equally hard at both! [laughs]"
As of late, the idea Affleck as Batman has become less shocking and has started to become very exciting! As we’ve seen from all of the Bruce Wayne photos, Ben has been bulking up. And with news of Batman breaking into Lexcorp and doing more of the classic detective type work that is prevalent in the comic books, we might see a relatively different (film-wise) side of him in [Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice](movie:711870). Besides, everyone gave Heath Ledger a lot of flack when he was cast as the Joker, but now we couldn't even imagine Dark Knight without his outstanding performance (well, maybe we could but would we even want to?).