Ben Affleck avoids reading about Batfleck

The new Batman admits that the Internet response was too mean, even for him

By Prachi Gupta
September 17, 2013 6:28PM (UTC)
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After an adorable minute of gushing over their respective children, "Argo" director-actor Ben Affleck and Jimmy Fallon talked about the recent Superhero controversy known as Batfleck! Affleck, who has been cast as Gotham's savior in Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel" sequel, inspired a minor revolt from comics fans and much taunting from other corners of the Internet.

It turns out, though, that the Internet spews vitriol at every new Batman, and the studio told Affleck to brace himself. "[They said] Listen, we want to talk to you because people go through this process and it can be trying," Affleck told Fallon.


“They send me [reactions for] people who were in these movies who did a great job and [commenters] say, ‘Kill himmmm!’" Affleck recalled.

"They said 'just don't use the Internet for a couple of days' ... I handle shit. I'm very tough. I saw the announcement, I look down on the first comment ... the first one just goes, 'Nooooooooo!' "

"We're gonna be Luddites for a while, kids," Affleck joked.


Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

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