Ben Affleck Responds to 'Batman' Backlash

11:29 AM EDT 9/17/2013 by Stephanie Guerilus, Celebeat Reporter

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Ben Affleck has responded to the backlash that met his casting as Batman, Us Weekly reported Tuesday.

Affleck appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Monday. He spoke about the negative reaction that his casting as the superhero in a 2015 sequel to Man of Steel.

"I'm a big boy. If I can handle an Oscar snub, I can handle anything," he joked.

Affleck said he was warned by Warner Brothers not to go online. There were memes created about the actor which did not put him in the best light. Twitter created a trend as to who would make a better Gotham defender. There were even petitions created to remove the 41-year-old from the project.

"The people from the studio said, 'We want to talk to you because people go through this process and it can be a little trying'," he said. "They said, 'We want to show you some of the reactions that past cast members have got on the internet'."

The Argo director admitted that he was just as apprehensive as others when he was approached about the role. He didn't think he would be the right choice for the iconic character.

"I thought, 'I'm not 25 man and are you sure about this?' And they said, 'Come down, we want to show you what we're doing,' and it was incredible," he said.

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