The actor jokes with Jimmy Fallon about the negative reaction and says the studio warned him

By Sheila Cosgrove Baylis
September 17, 2013 03:45 PM
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There are some things you just can’t prepare for – even if you’re Batman.

Ben Affleck admitted on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Monday night that even though he’s a “big boy,” he was still shocked by the uproar over his casting in the role of Batman in the upcoming sequel to Man of Steel.

“The people from the studio were like, ‘We’re thrilled, we’re so excited … but, listen, we want to talk to you because people go through this process and it can be trying,’ ” Affleck said.

Affleck, 41, explained that he looked at the Internet responses to past Batman actors, and “people were like, ‘Kill him!’ ” he joked.

“They said, ‘Don’t use the Internet for a couple days,’ and this is not … I handle s–––,” he joked. “I’m very tough. So I saw the announcement, I look at the thing, I look down the first comment … and the first one just goes, ‘Noooooooo!’ ”

“We’re going to be Luddites for awhile,” he said with a laugh.

“You can’t say anything before the movie comes out,” he also said. “It matters what you think after you see the movie, obviously.”