During his appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Monday night, Ben Affleck finally spoke out about the ridiculous-but-unsurprising backlash he’s received over being cast as the new Batman — backlash the studio was apparently expecting.
“They sent me [reactions to] people who were in these movies who did a great job and they’d say, ‘Kill himmmm!’ said Affleck. “They said just don’t use the Internet for a couple of days… I handle shit. I’m very tough. I saw the announcement, I look down on the first comment… the first one just goes, ‘Nooooooooo!’”
First or all, I love that the studio was like, “We’re going to piss off a lot of people if we do this… Ah, fuck it!” Second of all, poor Ben. I’m sure he remembers the shitty movies he’s been in — as everyone else on the internet very obviously does — but he’s probably still like, “Did I black out for the past year-and-a-half, already film this movie, and miss the premiere? Why is everyone so certain I’m going to fuck this up?”Or, as he more eloquently put it on Late Night:
“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.”
EXACTLY. Can everyone chill the fuck out please? I know it’s the way of the internet to tear apart things that have yet to happen, but yeesh. Don’t get me wrong — I’m not saying he’s going to for sure be awesome. He may very well be a shittier Batman than George Clooney. It’s hard to say, because FILMING HASN’T STARTED YET. At least wait for a full-length trailer before you decide he’s going to ruin the legacy of the Bat.
Frankly, it’s nice to see that while he isn’t going to be spending hours reading all his detractors’ burns and death threats, he doesn’t really seem to care. I hope all this bullshit motivates him and he blows everyone away, because as much as I want him to do a good job simply because I’d like to see another great Batman movie, now I especially want him to do a good job just so he can tell all the haters to suck it. In the meantime, I would settle for Ben releasing his first single “I Am the Bat” sung/rapped to the tune of “I Am a God”.
Check out the full Fallon interview below: