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Friday 28 November 2014

Ben beat Batman backlash

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Ben Affleck
EE British Academy Film Awards, Press Room, Royal Opera House, London, Britain - 10 Feb 2013
Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck took negative Batman comments in his stride.

The 41-year-old actor was recently announced to play the masked hero in Batman vs. Superman, the sequel to Superman flick Man of Steel. While he was thrilled to be offered the role by director Zack Snyder, Ben was warned about the negative comments fans would make over his casting.

He recalled to chat show host Jimmy Fallon how the studio warned him about what to expect.

"I'm a big boy. They said just don't use the Internet for a couple of days... I'm very tough. I saw the announcement, I look down on the first comment... the first one just goes, 'Nooooooooo!'" he laughed.

The star, who has two daughters and a son with actress wife Jennifer Garner, eventually looked at more film fanatics' reactions to the news. Ben doesn't understand how people can be so harsh without having seen the final piece and believes they should hold judgement until the film comes out.

"[They said:] 'Listen, we want to talk to you because people go through this process and it can be trying'. I said, 'What do you mean?' 'We want to show you some of the reactions that past people who have been cast have gotten, like on the Internet and stuff,'" Ben said, mimicking what the film crew told him. "They send me [reactions for] people who were in these movies who did a great job and they'd say, 'Kill himmmm!' You can't say that before a movie comes out. It doesn't matter what you think then, it matters what you think when you see the movie."

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