Ben Affleck on ‘Batman’ movie questions: ‘such pain in the ass, huge clickbait’

Do you guys remember how Matt Damon dismissed the criticism over his Great Wall casting by calling it “clickbait”? Damon and Affleck often use the same talking points in interviews, so it’s not surprising to hear Affleck dismiss the very legitimate questions about where he is in the Batman solo movie – especially since we’ve heard conflicting reports and he’s contradicted himself several times – by calling it “clickbait.” This is an easy way to dismiss journalists, by saying we sensationalize everything. We do but that’s not the point. The point is that Affleck is uncomfortable being accountable for the Batman movie so he’s calling it “clickbait” when people ask and call him on his sh-t. Here’s what he said and this is from an interview with ET that was posted on Twitter:

‘Oh my God, it’s such a pain in the a**. It’s, like, every time I mention Batman it gets this huge click bait.’

When I was doing this movie, it took me two years to get it together but no one ever asked me ‘Where is Live by Night?’ the actor commented. ‘They ask me, ‘Batman, Batman, Batman.

Batman is coming along, it’s going to be great. We’re going to make something really special. We’re going to take the time to make it right. We’re going to do it good. We’re going to do it the right way and the fans are going to love it,’ he stated.

[From ET via Daily Mail]

Poor Affleck. No one asks about Live by Night and that must be really hitting home now that no one is seeing it either. He’ll bounce back and get another hit but he tends to focus on the misses instead of the hits, considering how much he still discusses his career slump. He’s right to be concerned enough to be taking his time though. The other DC movies have been box office hits but they’re not always critic or crowd pleasers. Rumor has it that the new Wonder Woman movie is a bloated mess, which wouldn’t be surprising given how BvS and Suicide Squad turned out. Affleck doesn’t want another movie for critics to trash. He doesn’t want Live by Night to turn into a losing streak. HE doesn’t want to be the clickbait again, he knows a lousy standalone Batman movie would make it worse. Still, he just can’t help himself from doing clickbaity things can he?




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  1. ell says:

    i love the photos you picked lol. well, when you pick high profile roles like that, that’s par for the course. pull up your socks, ben.

  2. L84Tea says:

    His attitude really rubs me the wrong way. It might be a pain in the ass, but be grateful people are actually enjoying you in this role, considering when it was announced that he would play Batman he was a total laughing stock.

  3. Kyle says:

    That last part of the quote sounds exactly like Donald Trump.

    • Oriane says:

      Right? “The next Batman movie is gonna be YUGE! We’re gonna win bigly with this movie, believe me!”

  4. Aiobhan Targaryen says:

    Are “clickbait” and “fake news” the new trigger buzzwords for 2017?

    “Oh my God, it’s such a pain in the a**. It’s, like, every time I mention Batman it gets this huge click bait.’. ”

    I’m pretty sure George RR Martin feels just as exasperated whenever anyone asks him when Winds Of Winter is going to be finished and published, but he handles the same question with grace and kindness. Ben sounds like a petulant child who needs to take a nap.

    Nobody cares about Live by night because it looks like a piece of warmed over garbage. The only two people who can act in the cast are Chris Cooper and Brendan Gleeson, who clearly only signed up for the roles for the checks.

  5. Little Darling says:

    Do you guys remember that one time he slept with the Nanny and it looked REALLY sketchy and bad for his marriage and then nothing happened?

    This guy, I’ve been done with for quite some time. The O’Banion glory days are over in my mind.

    • Bread and Circuses says:

      Well, according to Jennifer Garner, they were not together at that point. They’d already decided to separate based on other issues.

      She was highly unimpressed with having to fire her kids’ nanny because daddy was already passing it around, but she apparently didn’t view it as cheating, because he was only her husband on paper.

  6. Missy says:

    I wish the studios would slow down on all the super hero movies…take some real time and make them good. They all turn out to be big bloated messes. Yes they make money, but my god are they shitty

    • Missy says:

      Affleck has been in the business long enough to know that just about any actor that stars in a superhero movie is going to be asked about it constantly. If he didn’t want to be asked about it so much maybe he shouldn’t be doing it.

  7. JulP says:

    Yeah, no one asked about Live By Night because no one cares about Live By Night. I can’t stand this whiny asshole. If he didn’t want to be involved in the DC universe and all the hype that comes along with it, then he should not have accepted the role of Batman.

  8. Mia4S says:

    I hope he’s joking.

    No one held a gun to his head forcing him to be Batman, he didn’t need the money or profile, it was his call.

    Any actors who do superhero movies, Star Wars, Harry Potter, have to accept that it will always be the first line of the obituary (so to speak). For example, the average joe doesn’t care about GOOP’s Oscar, she’s Iron Man’s girlfriend. That’s just the way it is. Get over it Affleck or give up the role.

  9. Kate says:

    I don’t know how Garner can put up with his whiny over-privileged, bloated ass.

  10. Odette says:

    “It’s, like, every time I mention Batman it gets this huge click bait.’” – This phrasing is like nails on a chalkboard to me, for some reason. I’m the furthest thing from a grammar person, but this just…I don’t know. Is it because he’s using the word “click bait” incorrectly or something? Whatever the case, nails on chalkboard.

    (I can’t believe I ever though this guy was good looking. Like, back in the Good Will Hunting years? That was peak Affleck. Now? I just find him gross.)

  11. Sage says:

    On one hand, I feel sympathy for him because he is really struggling with his addictions and maybe depression. On the other hand, he comes off as a pompous frat boy and I just roll my eyes.

  12. CatJ says:

    Speaking of bloated mess……….

  13. CC says:

    He has a fair amount of lipo-chrome in his irises; that’s why they look so beautiful.

  14. Bridget says:

    Poor Ben. People are interested in his work and ask him questions. Tough life.

  15. Kate says:

    Every time something embarrassing happens to Ben, he disappears and hides out to lick his wounds. End of Bennifer 1.0 he went to his place in Savannah to hide, Nannygate happened he also escaped to Savannah, now he’s got a massive bomb with LBN and I bet u we will not be seeing him for awhile. Ben is such an entitled POS, when the Accountant ended up being No.1 at the BO and became a sleeper hit, he thought there’s no way LBN would bomb, the public loves him, then bam!! It was an epic bomb, worse than he could even imagine and the reviews were brutal!! Poor Ben…. Get over yourself! your job is to pretend to be Batman FFS, you’re not curing cancer

  16. M says:

    At a press conference before Live By Night was released, Ben was basically begging the press to go easy on him in terms of reviews. Two film critics were discussing it on a podcast — they said that he was totally pathetic. He is someone who cares way too much what everyone thinks of him. He’s always talking about having a thick skin and if you don’t, you should find another industry. It’s one of the many strange statements that he makes when he seems to actually be talking about himself because he is clearly one of the more sensitive celebs out there. Anyway, he needs to shut it about Batman. No one held a gun to his head to take the role or the money that comes with it. As much as he loves oversharing with the world how much his son loves that he’s a superhero, blah blah… he is such a WHINY B*TCH!