Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice made $873 million worldwide, but deeply divided critics and fans to become one of the most hotly-debated blockbusters in recent memory. The consensus among Hollywood trade publications and film critics was extremely negative, while impassioned comic book fans fiercely defended it.
Regardless, some of the backlash got through to the cast and crew, including Batman himself Ben Affleck. Now energetically promoting his new film The Accountant, Affleck has addressed – from a perspective with the benefit of hindsight – the criticism surrounding the DCEU’s huge tentpole.
Affleck told Fox (full video below): “It’s interesting. It was a huge hit movie that so many more people went to see than any movie I’ve made in my career. It was the biggest hit of my career. And then it had a lot of editorial negativity — fans went, and I got a lot of positive response. It was interesting, that movie, because it was judged not necessarily on execution so much as its tone.
“People seemed to want to have a lighter tone to the movie, and I thought that was interesting because that’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, which I liked and thought was great. I’m glad that so many people went and so many people liked the movie and it worked out.”
Affleck can be seen in The Accountant – tipped for a charge at the Oscars – which is released on January 29. Affleck will return as Batman next year in Zack Snyder’s Justice League which, they are promising, will be lighter.