How Ben Affleck’s Daughters Really Feel About His Batman Movies
At this point, it’s fair to say that Ben Affleck’s tenure as Batman proved to be one of the more controversial portrayals that the character has seen over the years. There was an incredible amount of backlash when Affleck was first cast as Gotham’s iconic caped crusader, and the character’s portrayal in Zack Snyder’s “Batman vs Superman: The Dawn of Justice” was a conversation unto itself: rather than the heroic Batman people were used to, this Dark Knight was presented as a broken shell of his former self, who had long ago decided that it was acceptable to break his “one rule” and start killing criminals -– a change that many fans had a tough time accepting at the time.
In recent years, fans have expressed newfound appreciation for Affleck’s version of the Dark Knight, and — despite all the backlash he received early on — Affleck is actually set to reprise the role for one final time in the upcoming DCEU film “The Flash.” That said, it’s clear that Affleck has faced plenty of criticism over the years for his decision to take on the role of Batman … and in fact, Affleck revealed back in 2014 that even his own daughters don’t really care for his take on Batman.
Affleck said his daughters don't care about Batman
During a 2014 appearance on The Tonight Show, Affleck spoke candidly about how his children actually felt about their father becoming one of the most iconic characters in movie history (via E! News).
“People always say, ‘are your kids into it?’ No, they’re not,” Affleck said. “If I were doing the sequel to ‘Frozen,’ I would be a hero. My two older daughters could give a s*** about Batman.” He added that his girls had also passed on their love of the animated Disney movie onto his then-two-year-old son.
In retrospect, it’s hilarious to consider how indifferent his daughters were to their father’s starring role as a major superhero like Batman, especially since he really only took on the part for his kids in the first place, as he explained years later to the Awards Chatter podcast: “I wanted to do something that my son would dig. I mean, my kids didn’t see ‘Argo.'” The one upside of all this, he said, was that he did get to entertain his son by wearing his Batman costume to the little boy’s birthday party, which he said was “worth every moment of suffering on ‘Justice League.'”
That said, Affleck’s comments on how his daughters felt about Batman were said before “Batman V Superman” (or “Justice League”) came out. A lot of time has passed since Affleck first gave that initial interview, and while there’s no real way of knowing, one would hope that his kids have since grown to appreciate their father’s portrayal of Batman in the same way that many DC fans have.