During his appearance on the "Today" Show to promote his new drama/thriller "Gone Girl," which hits theaters this Friday, Ben Affleck fielded a few questions from co-host Matt Lauer about his casting as Batman in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" last year. The Wrap has a summary of the conversation, wherein Affleck kept his cool while speaking to his haters.
"We have these cultural stories that people have attachments to, they care very much about, the fans have imagined it, they write fan fiction, and they get very into and it and they're certainly entitled to those feelings," Affleck told The "Today" Show.
Affleck's casting as Batman in August 2013 was met with an initially negative response. A study done by The Hollywood Reporter stated that in the first hour following the announcement, 71 percent of the Bat-fleck related tweets were negative.
Affleck continued to discuss the topic with Lauer, saying: "This is the movie that more than any other movie combined, people come up to me and are really excited. So to have all this attention, some of it's positive, some of it's negative, I think in the end the truth is, you make the movie and the movie works or it doesn't."
The actor's bat-detractors will get to judge once and for all whether or not his Batman works or doesn't when "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" opens on March 25, 2016.