Ben Affleck was on Jimmy Fallon last night to promote his upcoming film, Runner Runner (or as Steven calls it, Stupid Stupid). It was his first public appearance, I believe, since being cast as Batman a few weeks ago. After adorably chatting about his kids, the conversation naturally turned to Batman and his reaction to the Internet’s reaction to him being cast. Basically, before the announcement was made, producers showed him the reaction of the Internet to other people that were cast as superheroes (including, no doubt, the reaction to Heath Ledger as The Joker) to warn Affleck what he was in for. Affleck basically said, don’t worry. “I handle sh*t.”
Then, of course, the announcement was made. Affleck jumped on the Internet, the first comment he saw to his casting was, “Noooooooooo,” and he turned off his computer and decided to be a luddite for a while.
I should also mention to the Affleck naysayers that the actor is sounding more and more well-suited to the character the more we find out about Zack Snyder’s vision. Last week, we learned that Snyder’s Batman will be “tired and weary and seasoned and been doing it for awhile.” That sounds ideal for beardo Affleck.