Ben Affleck says he was injured by Batman Casting Backlash
While most viewers eventually found out about Ben Affleck’s portrayal of Bruce Wayne / Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Zack Snyder Justice League, the Oscar-winning filmmaker was initially surprised by the negative reaction from fans to his initial casting. Following the polarizing release of Steel man in 2013, Affleck was cast as the dark knight before the release of Batman vs. Superman. There was an immediate and prolonged backlash, which only really disappeared during the first trailer for Batman vs. Superman was released, and people started to see Affleck in the role.
At the time of his casting, Affleck had just come out Argo, for which he won the award for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay at the Oscars. He was riding high, and for many (including, apparently, Affleck himself), the internet’s rejection of the mere idea that he could play Batman was a bit confusing.
“I was injured,” Affleck said The Howard Stern Show. “I was hurt less than I would have been 10 years ago. But I was hurt because I was like, ‘Wait a minute, come on. What do I have to do about’ you see what I mean? just you know, like, ‘Jesus Christ’ … I thought that was an interesting idea, but you know what? I also realized at that time … that is going to be, ‘Now this turns into a petition.’ Now that they’ve got this stuff, everybody’s going to petition. You really are – a hundred thousand [signatures], you signed a fucking petition like you had something better to do with your day than signing petitions? But, ironically, the reason I did this was that I wanted to make a movie for my kids, especially my son, that they would see and be proud of. “
Obviously, Batman vs. Superman and Justice League were controversial in and of themselves, so even after Affleck himself received generally positive reviews, his tenure in the role was hampered by the negativity surrounding the films. The batman, which Affleck was set to write, direct and star, fell apart when Affleck decided he was done with the role, and now, less than a decade after his initial casting, Affleck gives a farewell reminder in Flash, which will feature both his Batman and Tim Burton’s 1989 Michael Keaton’s Batman. The mechanisms of it are unknown, but it seems that by the time Flash is over, Keaton will be the only canonical Batman in the new DC Films universe, appearing in Bat girl shortly after.