When news of Ben Affleck’s casting as the Batman first broke out, fan reaction was overwhelmingly negative. Affleck himself chose to be relatively silent about the fan outrage, resorting to brief assurances that he can do the role and letting his colleagues voice their confidence. With the recent release of images showing him in costume, and with the comic con footage, the ire of fans seems to have died down and people are now willing to see what the former Daredevil star can do with the cape and cowl.
Affleck himself has already broken his silence during an interview with Entertainment Weekly, and revealed that both he and Warner Bros. were expecting the fan backlash, and that they were confident that they can do the job:
“Before I took the role,” begins Affleck, “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.’”
“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 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.”
Affleck also admitted that he new the gravity of the situation, that the character whose shoes he’s stepping into is considered sacred by many people:
“You know what? It’s great that people do care that much,” he continues. “They want to see the movie that much. And it is incumbent on you to honour 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.”