Much like Ben Affleck’s career, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice has been quite polarizing, to say the least. The film was savaged by critics when it was released earlier this year, but many comic book fans loved it (as ComicBook.com notes, the site’s readers rank it in the top five highest-rated superhero movies ever).
Ironically, Affleck’s performance as Bruce Wayne/Batman was one of the most well-received parts of Zack Snyder’s film, with even many of the more negative reviews praising his take on the Dark Knight. So what does the man who arguably came out of Batman v Superman looking the best have to say about the film’s extremely mixed reception? Well, Entertainment journalist Kevin McCarthy recently got to ask Affleck that very question and although he personally likes the film, he understands why so many people had issues with it:
“It’s interesting: It was a huge hit movie — more people went to see that than any movie I’ve made in my career,” Affleck told Washington DC’s FOX 5. “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 then asked directly whether or not he liked the movie, to which he responded, “Yeah. Yeah, I loved it.”
It’s interesting that Affleck single’s out Batman v Superman’s tone as its most poorly-received attribute, as numerous reports have indicated that Justice League — next year’s direct follow-up that reunites Snyder and Affleck — will be going for a lighter, more humorous tone. Will that be enough for Justice League to earn a warmer reception than its predecessor? We’ll certainly find out when the film is released on November 17, 2017.