Much was made about the negative reviews levied at Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. At the time, Ben Affleck was actually made a very vital- and very viral- part of that harsh response. Thanks to a video that trended worldwide, that appeared to show Affleck deep in thought about how he was now indelibly linked to one of the most hated and polarizing cinematic experiences in modern movie history, it became a big running gag that Affleck was super bummed about being attached to a dud- as he had in the past with films like Gigli and Daredevil.
But according to Affleck, in a recent interview, he has no hard feelings. In fact, he points to the film’s financial success as proof that the film- while polarizing- was a a huge hit, and he views it as a win for his career. Affleck feels that the numbers speak for themselves, and says that Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice had enough fans to make the negative reviews seem like no big whoop.
“It’s interesting. It was a movie that was a huge, hit movie that — more people went to see that then any movie I’ve ever made in my career. So that’s the biggest hit of my career, and it had a lot of editorial negativity. Although I think the reviews… fans went, and it got a lot of positive response. It was interesting, that movie, because it was judged, not necessarily on execution so much as on, like, its tone. People seem to want a lighter tone to the movie, and I thought that was interesting because it’s a subjective… tone isn’t a qualitative thing. It’s subjective, right? Some tones might resonate with me, and they might not with you. And the tone of the film was really paralleled with the Frank Miller book, which I liked, and thought was great. So I’m glad that so many people went, and so many people liked the movie, and that it worked out.”
Of course, while I have a huge amount of respect for Affleck, I have to point out that there many more flaws pointed out about Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice than simply the tone. Everything from the editing to the incoherently jumbled story, to Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor, to the way the film felt overstuffed with too many elements that distracted from the more contemplative story that was at its core were all targets for fans and critics alike.
Then there’s the fact that, while it did do great numbers, it actually failed to live up to expectations and actually under-performed when you think of the fact that Batman films with much less going on for them had done much, much better at the box office. When your film- which contains Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Doomsday, Lex Luthor, and cameos by The Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg- makes $120 million less domestically than The Dark Knight Rises, which had only Batman, Catwoman, and the relatively obscure Bane…something was seriously up with your movie.