Batman Vs Superman was the polarizing film of 2016. After its release in earlier this year, fans and critics alike stood at two extreme sides of the spectrum. There was no in between. While many enjoyed the movie and thought it to be a great effort (It was voted as one of the top five best superhero movies on a CBR poll ), there were others who did not like the movie because of those efforts and absolutely hated it. The negative comments even influenced the fate of DCEU’s next release Suicide Squad.
Ben Affleck, on the other hand, was praised for being one of the positive aspects of the movie. DCEU was impressed enough to hand him the reigns for an untitled solo Batman movie. The actor will reportedly not only star but also write, executive produce and direct the upcoming movie. Affleck also just finished filming Justice League in London.
The actor was asked by journalist Kevin McCarthy of Washington DC’s FOX 5 what he thought of BvS, given the fact that Affleck has just won an Oscar for directing the movie Argo last year. Affleck said:
“It’s 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.”
Affleck was put on the spot and asked directly whether he liked it or not. Affleck said, “Yeah. Yeah, I loved it.”