Ben Affleck stopped by "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" on Monday night, September 16 and the host didn't miss the chance to ask him about his latest movie role, Batman. Sharing how he was first offered the role, the critically-acclaimed director recalled, "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?' "
But after he knew director Zack Snyder's "brilliant" take on the character, the husband of Jennifer Garner agreed to do it. He was then warned by the studio about what kind of reactions he would get for the casting and was shown some examples from past castings of other actors, who eventually did great.
"They send me [reactions for] people who were in these movies who did a great job and they'd say, 'Kill himmmm!' " Affleck said to Jimmy Fallon. "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."
Claiming that he could handle similar harsh comments, he continued, "I'm a big boy. 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!' " The 41-year-old jokingly added, "We're gonna be luddites for a while, kids."
Despite the backlash from some Batman fans over the casting, Affleck has got support from fellow actors. Val Kilmer, who played the Caped Crusader in 1995's "Batman Forever", said, "Give Ben a chance!" Director Joss Whedon believed "Affleck'll crush it," while Josh Brolin said, "I want him to kick ass and I want everyone to love it and kind of eat their words."
Affleck will appear as the superhero in "Man of Steel 2", which is billed as a Superman-Batman crossover movie, with Henry Cavill returning as Superman. Warner Bros. Chief Kevin Tsujihara recently said Affleck's version of Batman would be "tired and weary and seasoned and been doing it for awhile."