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09.17.2013

So now that everyone has shared their opinion on not just Ben Affleck as Batman but also the reaction on the internet that followed, how about we hear from the man himself who will be wearing the cowl in the sequel to MAN OF STEEL? Affleck was on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and a month after the casting news was first announced, he finally talked a little about playing Batman and intense fan reaction to him playing the vigilante. Jump to the 1:40 mark for the Batman conversation.

Ben Affleck responded to his critics just like I thought he would: with humor and by not taking it too seriously. I love the bit about the first fan response to him as Bruce Wayne that he read was "Noooooooooooo!" and the interview kind of reminds me of when he went on the Tonight Show and read quotes from horrible reviews for GIGLI. I for one am excited to see how Ben Affleck's Batman will be different from previous versions, and I do think he'll do an excellent job as The Dark Knight.

The untitled BATMAN/SUPERMAN film directed by Zack Snyder will be in theaters on July 17th, 2015.

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Extra Tidbit: Ben Affleck really is a very funny dude. I'd love to see him do some more comedies.

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3:54PM on 09/18/2013
Not gonna lie, I enjoyed the way he responded to the backlash. And I'm not a fan of his work. At all. I think he'll do fine... as Bruce Wayne.
Not gonna lie, I enjoyed the way he responded to the backlash. And I'm not a fan of his work. At all. I think he'll do fine... as Bruce Wayne.
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3:45AM on 09/18/2013
I'll withhold judgement until I see the movie. Of the Batmen I've seen so far none have been better than their animated counterparts. I thought Keaton nailed his (even though he looks nothing like the character and his Batman literally killed), Kilmer looked off (in parts you see the uncomfortable playboy and then in others you see the Schumacher ham. His felt like unrealized potential), the less said of Clooney's version the better, Bale did a great job (but I hated is growling then
I'll withhold judgement until I see the movie. Of the Batmen I've seen so far none have been better than their animated counterparts. I thought Keaton nailed his (even though he looks nothing like the character and his Batman literally killed), Kilmer looked off (in parts you see the uncomfortable playboy and then in others you see the Schumacher ham. His felt like unrealized potential), the less said of Clooney's version the better, Bale did a great job (but I hated is growling then whispering and back again almost indecipherable Batman voice, for me it was like nails to a chalkboard. That said I thought his Bruce Wayne was the best and his Batman stayed logically true to his code). If Affleck hits a middle of the road performance I'd still consider that an accomplishment, I just hope his Batman sticks to the code.
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3:35AM on 09/18/2013
I still think he's the wrong choice, but I will give him the benefit of the doubt for now. I am still puzzled how they go from Christian Bale to Ben Affleck. Bale is in a league way over Affleck, so it doesn't make much sense. Plus, there's absolutely no way that Snyder will be able to escape Nolan's shadow. The Dark Knight trilogy wrapped up only a year ago and the taste of that series won't be going anywhere for a long, long time. While I enjoy Snyder's work, and am looking forward to the
I still think he's the wrong choice, but I will give him the benefit of the doubt for now. I am still puzzled how they go from Christian Bale to Ben Affleck. Bale is in a league way over Affleck, so it doesn't make much sense. Plus, there's absolutely no way that Snyder will be able to escape Nolan's shadow. The Dark Knight trilogy wrapped up only a year ago and the taste of that series won't be going anywhere for a long, long time. While I enjoy Snyder's work, and am looking forward to the Superman sequel, this is going to be tricky for me.
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10:41PM on 09/17/2013

Why is it that...

...most people who support Afflect as Batman will also call those who don't "idiots" and "haters"? I don't see any people who think it's a bad idea, turn around and say those who like Affleck as batman are stupid. Makes it a pretty clear who the real haters are. Mr. Affleck, I for one hope you prove me wrong. But i'll stick to my "idiotic" opinion for now.
...most people who support Afflect as Batman will also call those who don't "idiots" and "haters"? I don't see any people who think it's a bad idea, turn around and say those who like Affleck as batman are stupid. Makes it a pretty clear who the real haters are. Mr. Affleck, I for one hope you prove me wrong. But i'll stick to my "idiotic" opinion for now.
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11:28PM on 09/17/2013
Because a lot of those 'fans' bring up movies that are 10 years old, instead of Ben's most recent work.

I'm all for different opinions, but people should at least have educated ones.
Because a lot of those 'fans' bring up movies that are 10 years old, instead of Ben's most recent work.

I'm all for different opinions, but people should at least have educated ones.
12:06AM on 09/18/2013
Okay, I'll bring up Ben's most recent work. Runner, Runner. Every clip & trailer shows that Affleck is exactly where he has always been. I think it's funny that people think that ten years will magically give someone talent. How shitty was he just 4 years ago in 'He's Just Not That Into You'? Pretty damn shitty.

If he didn't have acting talent when he was a teenager, and he didn't have it when he was in his twenties, and he didn't have it in his 30s, then what the hell makes people think
Okay, I'll bring up Ben's most recent work. Runner, Runner. Every clip & trailer shows that Affleck is exactly where he has always been. I think it's funny that people think that ten years will magically give someone talent. How shitty was he just 4 years ago in 'He's Just Not That Into You'? Pretty damn shitty.

If he didn't have acting talent when he was a teenager, and he didn't have it when he was in his twenties, and he didn't have it in his 30s, then what the hell makes people think that he will have it now?

Remember, Affleck won an Oscar nearly 20 years ago for the same reason he wins awards now. He has talent behind the camera, and as a writer. As an actor, all he wins are razzies.

If you have foul putrid liquid diarrhea for 20 years, and then for a few years you have a solid bowl movement, sure it's refreshing when all you've known is the horrid diarrhea, but in the end it is still just a shit.
3:32AM on 09/18/2013
On the other hand, he was in Fargo and he was excellent in that. Likewise in The Town. Actor's DO grow, they don't just stay the same as they were over the years. You can see that in a lot of actors who start out doing crappy movies but end up in big pictures getting accolades. Ben has done a lot of shit, no doubt. But he's also proven himself to be a decent actor. As to how he will do as Batman....well....he can't be worse than Val Kilmer, so there's that.
On the other hand, he was in Fargo and he was excellent in that. Likewise in The Town. Actor's DO grow, they don't just stay the same as they were over the years. You can see that in a lot of actors who start out doing crappy movies but end up in big pictures getting accolades. Ben has done a lot of shit, no doubt. But he's also proven himself to be a decent actor. As to how he will do as Batman....well....he can't be worse than Val Kilmer, so there's that.
3:49PM on 09/18/2013
Hold on a second. Ben Affleck was in Fargo? As what? I think Freeden's got his titles mixed up.

I agree with the opinion that actors grow and mature. Twenty years ago I don't think I could have been as impressed by Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, to name one example. The Town is a good example of Ben dialing it back, whereas ten years earlier he probably would've come off as trying too hard.
Hold on a second. Ben Affleck was in Fargo? As what? I think Freeden's got his titles mixed up.

I agree with the opinion that actors grow and mature. Twenty years ago I don't think I could have been as impressed by Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, to name one example. The Town is a good example of Ben dialing it back, whereas ten years earlier he probably would've come off as trying too hard.
9:18PM on 09/18/2013
You wouldn't have been impressed by Costner 20 years ago?! What? 20-30 years ago Costner was knocking it out of the park with films like Dances with Wolves. Even in the beginning of his career Costner was great in Field of Dreams. Costner has always been a damn fine actor. Pa Kent was actually one of his weaker roles.

Affleck & Costner are worlds apart as far as acting talent goes. Costner has always had talent & tons of charisma from the very beginning. Affleck is still only ever mediocre
You wouldn't have been impressed by Costner 20 years ago?! What? 20-30 years ago Costner was knocking it out of the park with films like Dances with Wolves. Even in the beginning of his career Costner was great in Field of Dreams. Costner has always been a damn fine actor. Pa Kent was actually one of his weaker roles.

Affleck & Costner are worlds apart as far as acting talent goes. Costner has always had talent & tons of charisma from the very beginning. Affleck is still only ever mediocre at his best. Affleck's best roles are when he plays himself.
9:39PM on 09/17/2013
Like many out there, I'm more concerned about the director than I am about the guy they got to play Batman. Affleck, whatever his performance, will be...different. But Snyder isn't the best at finding an equilibrium to balance his movies on. Usually a Good vs. Evil story can be enough, but when it comes to Superman, good shouldn't be relative.
Like many out there, I'm more concerned about the director than I am about the guy they got to play Batman. Affleck, whatever his performance, will be...different. But Snyder isn't the best at finding an equilibrium to balance his movies on. Usually a Good vs. Evil story can be enough, but when it comes to Superman, good shouldn't be relative.
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9:34PM on 09/17/2013
" I for one am excited to see how Ben Affleck's Batman will be different from previous versions"
Watch Daredevil. Pretty much the same character.
" I for one am excited to see how Ben Affleck's Batman will be different from previous versions"
Watch Daredevil. Pretty much the same character.
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9:30PM on 09/17/2013

Ben, if it makes you feel better...

I've supported you from the beginning...the people that are angry either have no vision and/or have never picked up a comic book.
I've supported you from the beginning...the people that are angry either have no vision and/or have never picked up a comic book.
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8:10PM on 09/17/2013
There many "flavors" of Batman.
From Dark Knight, to Brave and the Bold, to the 60's TV show. I imagine the new Batman to be somewhat more like the Brave and the Bold version than the Darn Knight. However, another Dark Knight version would be a fitting contrast to the Blue Boy Scout...
There many "flavors" of Batman.
From Dark Knight, to Brave and the Bold, to the 60's TV show. I imagine the new Batman to be somewhat more like the Brave and the Bold version than the Darn Knight. However, another Dark Knight version would be a fitting contrast to the Blue Boy Scout...
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4:37PM on 09/17/2013

Ha, I wonder if Ben reads JoBlo.

I was the first person to comment on the article when they posted it on JoBlo (I happened to be online when the news broke) and my post title was "NOOOOOOOOOOOO!" If Affleck actually read my comment then I am very humbled, and I'm sorry that this is his recollection of the casting announcement. I have no real issue with him playing Batman, I have issue with Zack Snyder and the film itself.
I was the first person to comment on the article when they posted it on JoBlo (I happened to be online when the news broke) and my post title was "NOOOOOOOOOOOO!" If Affleck actually read my comment then I am very humbled, and I'm sorry that this is his recollection of the casting announcement. I have no real issue with him playing Batman, I have issue with Zack Snyder and the film itself.
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8:20PM on 09/17/2013
He does read the site actually.
He does read the site actually.
8:36PM on 09/17/2013
Holy shit, Ben Affleck read my comment. Now I feel all kinds of bad.
Holy shit, Ben Affleck read my comment. Now I feel all kinds of bad.
9:38PM on 09/17/2013
@JoBlo

So is that why this site has been going so far out of its way to constantly kiss Affleck's ass? Lol, I fucking knew it!
@JoBlo

So is that why this site has been going so far out of its way to constantly kiss Affleck's ass? Lol, I fucking knew it!
10:08PM on 09/17/2013
Hahahaha Silverload you just made me laugh out loud! I can just see you pointing at your computer screen going "AH-HA"
Hahahaha Silverload you just made me laugh out loud! I can just see you pointing at your computer screen going "AH-HA"
10:38PM on 09/17/2013
Ha! :D
Ha! :D
4:16PM on 09/17/2013

My only question is...

What would be the running time for this movie? 2, 3, or 4 hours!?!
I'd prefer 4 hours please...
What would be the running time for this movie? 2, 3, or 4 hours!?!
I'd prefer 4 hours please...
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3:46PM on 09/17/2013

Classy

Affleck definitely comes across as a pretty classy guy who will probably take all the outrage over his casting and use it as motivation to an even better job. Having said that...I still don't think this is a great casting at all. I get that this is a Man of Steel sequel so perhaps they won't go into the dual nature of Batman/Bruce Wayne, but I'm just not convinced Affleck will be able to pull off both sides of the role convincingly. Who knows, maybe he'll knock it out of the park and we'll all
Affleck definitely comes across as a pretty classy guy who will probably take all the outrage over his casting and use it as motivation to an even better job. Having said that...I still don't think this is a great casting at all. I get that this is a Man of Steel sequel so perhaps they won't go into the dual nature of Batman/Bruce Wayne, but I'm just not convinced Affleck will be able to pull off both sides of the role convincingly. Who knows, maybe he'll knock it out of the park and we'll all be proven wrong when we finally see it. But this movie just has so much going against it: Zack Snyder (who doesn't seem to understand the character of Superman, let alone Batman) at the helm, coming off a very flawed movie in Man of Steel, David Goyer writing the script (although I think the hate for him is way over the top.), and the fact that Batman had to be pushed into the movie in response to a disappointing box office total for MoS. We'll see...
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2:14PM on 09/17/2013
Nooooooooooooo!
Nooooooooooooo!
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1:49PM on 09/17/2013

Idiotic Bunches

Although I prefer Bale as batman, doesn't mean Affleck won't be a good 1...i think if he could do it like karl urban in Dredd, never open the mask..it should be ok..dun get me wrong, Affleck got a nice face, just would like to know what is like to have a realife batman but at the same time, almost like in animation...

Well, at least he's better than those who you people suggested, Karl Urban? Adrian Brody? WTF, MAN.....

Yea, gimme negatives...those who gives negatives here to all who said
Although I prefer Bale as batman, doesn't mean Affleck won't be a good 1...i think if he could do it like karl urban in Dredd, never open the mask..it should be ok..dun get me wrong, Affleck got a nice face, just would like to know what is like to have a realife batman but at the same time, almost like in animation...

Well, at least he's better than those who you people suggested, Karl Urban? Adrian Brody? WTF, MAN.....

Yea, gimme negatives...those who gives negatives here to all who said Affleck might turn out all right,..i bet you guys will be one of the 1st to watch it.....cos most of you are just keyboard warriors & just like kid, whining & whining non-stop to whoever being cast as batman...
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2:05PM on 09/17/2013
I agree with you totally my friend
I agree with you totally my friend
1:44PM on 09/17/2013
Fuck the haters, I'm excited to see where this goes, and see the whole DC movie universe hopefully come together.
Fuck the haters, I'm excited to see where this goes, and see the whole DC movie universe hopefully come together.
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1:42PM on 09/17/2013

backlash

I cannot understand all the backlash and anger Ben Affleck is a great actor and he will be great as Bats. Folks need to calm down. The man takes great pride in his work.
I cannot understand all the backlash and anger Ben Affleck is a great actor and he will be great as Bats. Folks need to calm down. The man takes great pride in his work.
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4:52PM on 09/17/2013
"Ben Affleck is a great actor"

I could be wrong, but I *think* this is the first time this has ever been said by anyone.
"Ben Affleck is a great actor"

I could be wrong, but I *think* this is the first time this has ever been said by anyone.
9:36PM on 09/17/2013
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I know, right. For as long as I can remember Affleck has always been considered a terrible to mediocre actor at best. Good director, bad actor.
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I know, right. For as long as I can remember Affleck has always been considered a terrible to mediocre actor at best. Good director, bad actor.
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1:33PM on 09/17/2013

Uhm

I love the casting, but I still think the movie will be a tremendous letdown bc of DC's lack of preparation. This movie is too soon. I just hope that when it's released, if it's not good, ppl don't blame him for it.
I love the casting, but I still think the movie will be a tremendous letdown bc of DC's lack of preparation. This movie is too soon. I just hope that when it's released, if it's not good, ppl don't blame him for it.
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1:36PM on 09/17/2013
As I've said many times, they can't use Miller's Dark Knight stuff bc none of that has been established (and get said they are consulting him), and the script that was posted a few weeks ago from '02 was pretty terrible (a robot Alfred?)
As I've said many times, they can't use Miller's Dark Knight stuff bc none of that has been established (and get said they are consulting him), and the script that was posted a few weeks ago from '02 was pretty terrible (a robot Alfred?)
1:17PM on 09/17/2013
So who's the asshole(s) bombing everyone's posts with thumbs down just for saying a nice word about Affleck?
So who's the asshole(s) bombing everyone's posts with thumbs down just for saying a nice word about Affleck?
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1:33PM on 09/17/2013
The same type of people who have turned the phrase "fanboy/girl" into a negative. They are not fans, just haters who want their way on everything and then whine like 3 year olds having tantrums. "Fan Entitlement Syndrome."
The same type of people who have turned the phrase "fanboy/girl" into a negative. They are not fans, just haters who want their way on everything and then whine like 3 year olds having tantrums. "Fan Entitlement Syndrome."
1:02PM on 09/17/2013

Give the Guy a Chance

He might give us a Batman no one's seen before.
He might give us a Batman no one's seen before.
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2:07PM on 09/17/2013
I agree! Fuck these idiots giving negatives. He will be a bad ass batman
I agree! Fuck these idiots giving negatives. He will be a bad ass batman
12:46PM on 09/17/2013
People forget that this is still a superman sequel and I dont think Ben will do anything less than a serviceable job.
People forget that this is still a superman sequel and I dont think Ben will do anything less than a serviceable job.
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12:23PM on 09/17/2013
He said in his Oscar acceptance speech for when Argo won best picture to not hold grudges. Lord knows he's had plenty of reasons to. I admire him for being able to rebuild his career, his comeback is a pretty interesting "phoenix from the ashes" story and maybe the best example of an ace career resurrection since Robert Downey, Jr.'s Looking forward to seeing what he does with Batman. To paraphrase Chris Crocker, "leave Affleck alone!!"
He said in his Oscar acceptance speech for when Argo won best picture to not hold grudges. Lord knows he's had plenty of reasons to. I admire him for being able to rebuild his career, his comeback is a pretty interesting "phoenix from the ashes" story and maybe the best example of an ace career resurrection since Robert Downey, Jr.'s Looking forward to seeing what he does with Batman. To paraphrase Chris Crocker, "leave Affleck alone!!"
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12:00PM on 09/17/2013

Nice

I really appreciate someone like him who can laugh at himself and his crazy position with this movie and character and the reaction to it. Say what you will about Affleck but you have never heard him being a bad guy. With that said I still wold have like to have seen Adrien Brody get the role, but I think Affleck will do fine.
I really appreciate someone like him who can laugh at himself and his crazy position with this movie and character and the reaction to it. Say what you will about Affleck but you have never heard him being a bad guy. With that said I still wold have like to have seen Adrien Brody get the role, but I think Affleck will do fine.
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1:22PM on 09/17/2013
Adrien Brody would have to gain 30-40lbs of muscle, dude is too skinny!
Adrien Brody would have to gain 30-40lbs of muscle, dude is too skinny!
11:59AM on 09/17/2013
I read that as "Iam very shameless"
I read that as "Iam very shameless"
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11:55AM on 09/17/2013
Hearing from Ben and seeing his reaction from Zack Snyder's vision, I'm so excited!!!
Can't wait to see him as Batman.
Hearing from Ben and seeing his reaction from Zack Snyder's vision, I'm so excited!!!
Can't wait to see him as Batman.
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11:41AM on 09/17/2013
It would have been funnier if the audience had booed when the host said Affleck was going to be Batman.
It would have been funnier if the audience had booed when the host said Affleck was going to be Batman.
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2:02PM on 09/17/2013
LOL! Perfect.
LOL! Perfect.
11:31AM on 09/17/2013
He's going to prove all the doubters wrong and is going to be a great Batman. He knows what and how high the expectations are for this role and film and he'll do a great job filling those expectations.
He's going to prove all the doubters wrong and is going to be a great Batman. He knows what and how high the expectations are for this role and film and he'll do a great job filling those expectations.
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10:49AM on 09/17/2013
I used to hate on this guy during the Armageddon/Pearl Harbor years - but I think he's redeemed himself somewhat over the last decade. And I like that he's never afraid to poke fun at himself as much as everyone does. So, I at least respect him enough to look past his prior atrocities.
I used to hate on this guy during the Armageddon/Pearl Harbor years - but I think he's redeemed himself somewhat over the last decade. And I like that he's never afraid to poke fun at himself as much as everyone does. So, I at least respect him enough to look past his prior atrocities.
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10:48AM on 09/17/2013

In case you're reading this, Ben.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
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