Ben Affleck defends Batman v Superman against tone backlash
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was criticized by many because of its dark tone, but one person who enjoyed the film’s serious manner was star Ben Affleck.
“It was a huge hit movie. More people went to see that than any movie I’ve ever made in my career. It was the biggest hit of my career. And then it had a lot editorial negativity,” Affleck, who plays Batman in the DC Extended Universe, said in a recent interview with the local Fox affiliate in Washington, D.C. “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 because it’s subjective. 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. It worked out.”
Affleck added, “I loved it.”
Batman v Superman grossed $873 million worldwide, including just over $330 million in North America. The film stands as the biggest success for Warner Bros.’ foray into DC Comics films thus far, standing above both Man of Steel and Suicide Squad.
Affleck will reprise his role as Batman in both next year’s Justice League film and a standalone Batman movie the star will also director.
Watch the interview below.