Ben Affleck comments on Zack Snyder and Internet backlash for Batman vs. Superman
While promoting the extended release of his Oscar-winning ARGO, Ben Affleck sat down with EW and discussed everything from working on David Finchers GONE GIRL to the Whitey Bulger biopic and, of course, the topic of BATMAN VS SUPERMAN. When asked what it was like to wear the batsuit for the first time, Affleck deflected the question and segued into a commentary on working with director Zack Snyder and how important his role is in making the film work.
Well, I dont want to get too far afield and Im sure Ill have time to talk about Batman down the road. What Ill say is that I really like Zack. From what Ive seen of whats Zack is doing, its made me very excited. One of the nice things about being an actor in that movie is they show you all the stuff before anyone else gets to see it. So all the sort of world-creation, and the take on the character and the other characters is really exciting. And at the end of the day, the truth is its really directors that make movies work or not especially these kinds of movies, where its about the whole world, and a rising tide lifts all ships. And if it all has integrity, if it all has a sense of realism, then it works. And if it doesnt, than it doesnt really matter what everyones doing [on the screen] because they just look like a bunch of Mexican wrestlers in suits.
Affleck was also asked about the harsh reaction from a lot of folks (particularly the Internet) when the announcement was made that he would be taking on the mantle of the Batman.
No. I mean, thats the sort of great and terrible thing about this business. Each project is kind of in its own silo, you know what I mean? You do something, it works, people say it works. And if the next one doesnt, you know, it doesnt. You dont get to start ahead because you did well last time. Without getting into the vagaries of the internet and whos sort of out there being vocal about it, at the end of the day, when you get into the arena of those kinds of movies, these superhero movies, particularly ones that are working with characters that everyones known for so long, everybodys got these strongly held opinions and preconceived ideas about what it should be. I totally understand and recognize that. At the same time, I dont think projections about something that hasnt happened yet are all that meaningful. I think at the end of the day, its like any other movie or project: You go out and make it great, people will say its great. If you go out and miss, youll hear about it. The stuff beforehand is kind of just the noise that happens.
Some pretty seasoned responses from Affleck and what Id expect from someone who has played the game as long as he has. Of course, everyone is playing the hush-hush game for now, which is expected, and I think Affleck comes off as poised about the general nature of comic book films and what makes them work. After DAREDEVIL he certainly knows what makes them NOT work.
BATMAN VS SUPERMAN hits theaters on July 17, 2015.
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