Ben Affleck said he felt confident he was prepared for the public reaction that followed the announcement earlier this summer that he had been cast as the next big-screen “Batman.”
But even Affleck, who has spent the better part of his adult life in the public eye, was taken aback by the griping and complaining he found on the Internet after the casting news was made public.
Jimmy Fallon asked him about the outcry when Affleck appeared on NBC’s “Late Night” on Monday.
The discussion followed a conversation about the three children — two girls and one son — that Affleck has with wife Jennifer Garner. That’s when Fallon raised the subject of Batman and Affleck’s casting in the role at age 41.
Without revealing details about the movie, Affleck said he said yes to the role because of the approach director Zach Snyder plans on taking with the character this time around. While Affleck wasn’t specific about those plans, the implication was that a 41-year-old Caped Crusader would make sense to Batman fans once the movie was completed and released.
But Affleck told Fallon that the movie’s producers warned him about the Internet backlash because they’d seen it before practically every time they’ve announced a new “Batman” lead.
What happened? Affleck told Fallon about the very first comment he read on-line, and it wasn’t favorable, to say the least.