When Ben Affleck was cast as Batman in Zack Snyder's upcoming cinematic atrocity, Superman v Batman: Late Breakfast, Hell, Let's Just Call It Brunch, Then We Can Drink Mimosas and Not Feel Bad About Ourselves of Justice, the internet reacted, as the internet does, with a healthy does of skepticism. And by healthy dose of skepticism, of course we mean they immediately declared it the worst casting choice in the history of superhero movies and predicted that the movie would be an epic disaster of neck-snapping proportions. And when Ben Affleck heard about this, did he respond with the usual vitriol we see from guys like Michael Bay, Megan Fox, David Goyer, or Zack Snyder? Nope. Instead, he responded graciously, telling Entertainment Weekly:
Before I took the role, Warner Bros. gave me a bunch of past reactions to casting and said, “Are you sure you want to get into this? This is part and parcel of these movies now. There’s a lot of active fans with a lot of opinions.” To me, having been through a certain amount of that, it doesn’t really… Everyone’s entitled to their opinion. I wouldn’t have taken the part if I didn’t trust my instincts in terms of the filmmaking. I think Chris Terrio wrote a terrific script. Zack’s a great visual director. And there’s an interesting take. I wouldn’t have done it if I didn’t think I could do it. I have the benefit of a lot of that understanding. But also, everyone is entitled to their opinion. That’s a big part of this international sport. The Fifty Shades of Grey kid or whatever it is. That’s sort of become a thing.
What?! No calling the fans virgins? Calling them haters and saying they'll pay for the movie anyway?! He's being... nice about it?! That's totally out of line!!! But Affleck didn't stop there. He took his acceptance and understanding to a whole nother level:
You know what? It’s great that people do care that much. They want to see the movie that much. And it is incumbent on you to honor the story. There are the Greek myths and these are the American myths. The American myths are these superheroes. People care about ‘em a lot. And it’s incumbent on you to do a good job and make it as excellent as you possibly can. At the end of the day, the movie’s all that matters.
It's great that we care that much?! It's incumbent on you to do a good job?! Batfleck!!! *shakes fists* You really are the worst Batman ever!
Superman v Batman: LBHLJCIBTWCDMANFBAO of Justice is in theaters in March, 2016.