“We’re gonna be Luddites for a while, kids,” Affleck jokes.

“I handle shit. I’m very tough,” says Ben Affleck, as he discusses his Batman role on Jimmy Fallon’s Late Night show. “I saw the announcement, I look down on the first comment…the first one just goes, ‘Nooooooooo!'” Apparently there are some people out there who just can’t get their heads round the idea that Affleck could do a good job as the Dark Knight, and the studio was well aware of that even as it brought Affleck on board. Don’t look at the internet, Ben, is the sum of its advice; you don’t want to know. After seeing some of the things said about other actors, even before the movie came out, Affleck’s inclined to agree.

“They send me [reactions for] people who were in these movies who did a great job and they’d say, ‘Kill himmmm!’,” Affleck laughs. “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.” Unfortunately for Affleck, the internet doesn’t work like that – it may never have worked like that, come to think of it – so, at least for a while, Affleck’s ignoring the internet. Or so he says. Affleck doesn’t go into any detail about the project, except to say that it’s going to be different from the Nolan/Bale version of the Dark Knight. “[Affleck] has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter,” director Zack Snyder said at the time of the casting announcement, “but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne.” Here’s hoping.

This follow up to Man of Steel is due in summer 2015, as part of a build-up to a Justice League movie in 2017. Batman will be facing off against Superman, in a conflict that Snyder has described as “beyond mythological.” As to what happens after that first meeting, no doubt we’ll find out later.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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