Ben Affleck Opens Up About His Feelings After Batman Casting Backlash

Some hardcore DC Comics fans can probably remember the moment they first learned Ben Affleck would be donning the iconic cape and cowl to play Batman in Zack Snyder’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. On the other hand, some likely also recall the backlash that resulted from the casting decision. Affleck himself has since been candid about his time working on the DC Extended Universe and what he’s taken from his experiences. But now, he’s opening up about his feelings following the initial blowback from his casting.

As is the case with many high-profile superhero roles, there’s a considerable amount of pressure that comes with taking a part. What adds to this is that many fans can have preconceived notions about what said character should or shouldn’t look like. Ben Affleck, however, was apparently eager to play Bruce Wayne despite any external expectations. But as he recently explained, he was “hurt” when he saw the early pushback once he landed the gig:

I was hurt. I was less hurt than I would’ve been 10 years earlier. But I was hurt because I felt like ‘Wait a minute, come on. What do I got to do to’ you know what I mean? Like, I’m just you know, like, ‘Jesus Christ’…I thought it was an interesting idea but you know what? I also realized at that point…it’s gonna be, ‘Now this turns into a petition.’ Now they got this thing, everybody’s going to do a petition. You’re really – a hundred thousand [signatures], you signed a fucking petition like, you have anything better to do with your day than sign petitions? But, ironically, the reason I did this is I wanted to do a movie for my kids, particularly my son, that they would see and be proud of.

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Ben Affleck Opens Up About His Feelings After Batman Casting Backlash