Ben Affleck Responds To Batman Casting Criticism
Star breaks his silence over role as he appears on US chat show...
Speaking to Jimmy Fallon on a US talk show, the actor insisted that he wasn't dissuaded by the criticism - but admitted he did originally have his doubts.
"They called me up and said, 'Do you wanna do this?' And I thought, 'Well, I'm not 25, man. Are you sure about this?'," he explained.
But he felt reassured when he saw Man Of Steel director Zack Snyder's version of the character, which was significantly different to the one portrayed by Christian Bale.
He also revealed that the studio had anticipated the possibility of a negative reaction and briefed him on it.
"[They said] 'Listen, we want to talk to you because people go through this process and it can be trying,' " Affleck explained.
"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.'"
Although he didn't name names, he said the execs had pointed him toward similar fan reactions to casting decisions.
"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."
And the Argo filmmaker insisted that he was able to handle the tornado of protest and anger generated by the news.
"I'm a big boy," he joked. "They said just don't use the internet for a couple of days... I handle s**t. I'm very tough. I saw the announcement, I look down on the first comment ... the first one just goes, 'Nooooooooo!'
"We're gonna be luddites for a while, kids."
It was recently reported that the new Batman will be "tired and weary".