Ben Affleck on ‘Batman v Superman’: People Actually Like This Movie
Batman v Superman officially opens in theaters today. After years of hype and a relentless marketing campaign, the anticipation for the movie deflated in the days before its release, with critics across the country hammering the film. As of Friday morning, the movie was sitting at a 30 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, a borderline disaster for a movie of this magnitude.
Ben Affleck may not be bearing the brunt of the criticism—by most accounts, he’s a solid Batman—but the dude certainly looks weary-as-hell while promoting this film. Last night, Affleck stopped by Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show, and spent most of his time playing with puppies and talking about Congolese coffee. Fallon, in a heroic attempt to kowtow to his guest, claimed the film was getting critical praise, and found two nice comments about Affleck amongst the horde of negative reviews. But even Affleck wasn’t hearing it, and adopted what seems to be the movie’s new party line.
“Please, don’t scare people into thinking this is a critical film,” Affleck said. “We’re not going for the film critics’ circle. This is an audience movie. People actually like this movie.”
Affleck certainly doesn’t have to worry about one thing: No one is scared about Dawn of Justice being a critical film. Will “the people” actually like the film? Early returns don’t seem to be great there either, although the movie is bound to make a ton of money its first couple weeks in theaters.
What Affleck should probably worry about: The Justice League movie, the first of two parts, begins filming on April 11. Affleck, who was on a hot streak of critically acclaimed, Oscar-baity films, is now stuck with the DC universe for at least two more films.