The combination of the soaring height of comic-book movies, laced with the growing technological landscape of the internet, has increased the voice of fans when it comes to movie news. When an actor or actress is cast in a role that fans don't like, they are incredibly vocal and often very rude about it. They have grown up with the material with a certain person in mind and if the result doesn't fall in line with their expectations, they will certainly give you their two cents about it, whether you want it or not.
Such was the case with Ben Affleck being cast as the new Batman in Zach Snyder's "Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice". Some fans were pleased that the triple threat nabbed the role and think he will do the Dark Knight justice. Others were far from pleased. Very far from it. But regardless of whatever side of the coin you identify with, Affleck has become one of the best directors to emerge on the scene in years and his acting chops have sharpened as well in result.
Before taking on a giant role like Batman, you would think an actor would majorly survey all scenarios. Affleck is a highly intelligent individual, so you better believe with his career continuing to rise, that he didn't make this decision lightly.
On the decision to go for it, Affleck said, "Before I took the role, Warner Bros. gave me a bunch of past reactions to casting and said, "Are you sure you want to get into this? This is part and parcel of these movies now. There's a lot of active fans with a lot of opinions." To me, having been through a certain amount of that, it doesn't really... Everyone's entitled to their opinion. I wouldn't have taken the part if I didn't trust my instincts in terms of the filmmaking. I think Chris Terrio wrote a terrific script. Zack's a great visual director. And there's an interesting take. I wouldn't have done it if I didn't think I could do it. I have the benefit of a lot of that understanding. But also, everyone is entitled to their opinion. That's a big part of this international sport. The Fifty Shades of Grey kid or whatever it is. That's sort of become a thing."
He continued, "You know what? It's great that people do care that much. They want to see the movie that much. And it is incumbent on you to honor the story. There are the Greek myths and these are the American myths. The American myths are these superheroes. People care about 'em a lot. And it's incumbent on you to do a good job and make it as excellent as you possibly can. At the end of the day, the movie's all that matters."
Affleck has a great attitude on the whole matter and seems pretty committed to turning out the best performance he can. I think even the most opinionated fanboys would be happy to eat their words if he killed it on the big-screen. We're all rooting for you, Ben. Please don't let us down.
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