It’s been a fairly dour year at the box office overall, but the it was the most dour for Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice. At least that’s the narrative. It’s a bit bizarre for a movie that made over $873 million at the worldwide box office to be considered a flop, but that’s the niche that BvS has been shoved into, and there’s no getting around it. Well, Ben Affleck wants to get around it. Affleck probably has more of a right than most to change the narrative on BvS since he was pilloried personally for years before the movie came out, so what did he think of the backlash?
In an interview with Fox 5 DC for his upcoming film The Accountant, Affleck offered the following:
“It’s interesting: It was a huge hit movie — more people went to see that than any movie I’ve made in my career. It was the biggest hit of my career and then it had so much 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 on its tone. People seemed to want to have a lighter tone to the movie, and I thought that was interesting. 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 [The Dark Knight Returns], which I liked and thought was great. I’m glad that so many people went and so many people liked the movie.”
He’s right, there were a lot of people that liked BvS in spite of the negative reviews, some even believing (and still believing) that there was a critical conspiracy to freeze out the DC movie universe. On the plus side, almost everyone agrees that Affleck was a highlight in the film, and there’s a lot of anticipation for his directorial effort in the solo Batman movie, so in that regard, Batman V. Superman was a success. Perhaps in hindsight, negativity against BvS will subside and people will be able to enjoy it for its different parts if not the whole. Some people have already noted that the Ultimate Edition of BvS remedied some of the complaints about the film, so perhaps time will vindicate Affleck. Then again more, better DC movies will do that too.
Affleck will next be seen as Batman in Justice League, which will be in theatres everywhere in November 2017.