Ben Affleck will be the Batman in Zack Snyder's Man Of Steel follow-up, Batman Vs. Superman, and there's nothing Team Anti-Batfleck can do about it. But lest anyone doubted that Affleck was aware of the controversy, read the following Jimmy Fallon interview transcription.
"It’s so awesome, man. I’m so excited. They called me up and asked me if I wanted to do this. And I said, 'I’m not 25, man, are you sure about this?' And they said, 'Come down, we wanna show you what we’re doing.' Zack Snyder’s directing it and he has this amazing take on it. Obviously you can’t do what Christian [Bale] did, those movies were amazing. But Zack wants to something different but still in keeping with that.
"I thought this was a brilliant way to do this. I know how to hook into this. And I said, 'Okay, I wanna do this.' The people from the studio were like, 'We're thrilled, we're so excited...' and they arranged it. They said, 'Listen, people go through this process and it can be trying. We want to show you some of the reactions that previous people who've been cast received on the internet.' So they send me examples of people who were in these movies and did a great job. These things were like, 'Kill him!' And he was amazing! You can’t say anything before the movie comes out. It doesn’t matter what you think then, it matters what you think after the movie comes out.
"But I thought, 'I’m a big boy. I can handle any snub. I can handle anything.' They said don’t use the internet for a few days, but I handle shit. So I looked at the first comment and it says 'NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!' And I was done! We’re going to be Luddites for a while.
"Part of it is when you see the material, when you see the takes, it’s hard to describe without giving away the story, what it is. But I feel like I have a lot of opportunities now, and this is something that's really exciting."
Ben Affleck will be on our screens in gambling thriller Runner Runner when it comes out on September 27. Batman Vs. Superman - or whatever it ends up officially being called - is aiming for a July 15, 2015 release.