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WATCH: Ben Affleck Talks Batman Casting, and Being Humbled by Internet Reactions

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood September 17, 2013 at 12:17PM

Ben Affleck finally opened up about being cast as Batman on last night's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon." The actor-director, who took home a Best Picture Oscar for "Argo" earlier this year, said he initially thought he could handle the inevitable backlash to the news of him donning the Bat Suit. But when he spotted even one internet comment (reading: "Noooooooo"), he opted to be a Luddite for a few days. Watch below.
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Ben Affleck on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon"
Ben Affleck on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon"

Ben Affleck finally opened up about being cast as Batman on last night's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon." The actor-director, who took home a Best Picture Oscar for "Argo" earlier this year, said he initially thought he could handle the inevitable backlash to the news of him donning the Bat Suit. But when he spotted even one internet comment (reading: "Noooooooo"), he opted to be a Luddite for a few days. Watch below.

Affleck also had some funny stories to tell about his kids. When his daughter saw a wax figure of Affleck at an exhibit in Las Vegas, her response was: "Daddy, why would anyone care?"

Warner Bros. and Zack Snyder's Superman/Batman sequel to "Man of Steel," co-starring Henry Cavill as Superman, hits theaters July 17, 2015.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.