Look, in frankness, I’m tired of talking about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Most critics, myself included, did not enjoy the movie, while many fans were much more forgiving of its faults. However despite my reticence to discuss BvS, I have to admit that this story is fascinating. In a recent interview, actor Ben Affleck, who played Batman in the film, gave a candid review of the Zack Snyder opus.
Check out his comments below, which start at the 1:15 mark:
According to Affleck:
“[Batman v Superman is] interesting: It was a huge hit movie — more people went to see that than any movie I’ve made in my career. It was the biggest hit of my career and then it had so much editorial negativity. Fans went, and I got a lot of positive response. It was interesting, that movie, because it was judged not necessarily on execution so much as on its tone. People seemed to want to have a lighter tone to the movie, and I thought that was interesting. Tone is not a qualitative thing. It’s subjective, right? Some tones resonate with me that might not with you. And the tone of the movie was really parallel to the Frank Miller book [The Dark Knight Returns], which I liked and thought was great. I’m glad that so many people went and so many people liked the movie.”
When asked whether or not he liked the movie, Affleck said “Yeah. Yeah, I loved it.”
Personally, I think DC has overblown the criticism of Batman v Superman‘s dark tone and turned it into a scapegoat. The bigger problems I had with the film were its choppy editing, questionable character development, and the creative team’s decision to sacrifice character drama in order to stuff more action sequences into the movie. Still though, it’s nice to see Affleck provide a balanced response that satisfies both fans and critics of the movie. It demonstrates why he’s one of the best actors/directors currently working in the film business.
Alex is the New Media Editor of the Comics Beat. He is also a freelance comics editor with previous credits at First Second, Top Cow, and Papercutz. He primarily covers DC Comics and Magic: the Gathering.