Ben Affleck Looks Back At DAREDEVIL And Playing Superman In HOLLYWOODLAND

In a revealing interview with the actor and director, Ben Affleck looks back on his role in Daredevil and donning the iconic Superman costume to play 'George Reeves' in Hollywoodland. He also shares his thoughts on big budget blockbusters, making his lack of interest in them quite clear.

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By Josh Wilding - 9/13/2012
There was a time that Ben Affleck was considered a joke in Hollywood. Between starring in terrible films like Gigli and the ridiculous "Bennifer" tabloid craze, things weren't looking good for the actor. However, that would all change when he made the decision to step behind the camera with 2007's Gone Baby Gone. Later, he would also direct (and star in) The Town, while his latest film (Argo - the trailer and synopsis of which can be found below) looks set to be another critical and financial success. Talking to Details, Affleck has looked back on that period in his career, specifically highlighting Daredevil as one of the starring roles he most regrets.

"I made a bunch of movies that didn't work. I was ending up in the tabloids. I don't know what the lesson is, except that you just have to find your compass. I liked Sum of All Fears. Daredevil I didn't at all. Some movies should have worked and didn't. At a certain point, it's just up to the movie gods. Anyway, this image becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. And I just said, "I don't want to do it anymore. This is horrible. I don't want to be in this spotlight, this glare, in this way. It's tawdry, it's ugly, it's oppressive, and it's inane. So I'm going to try to get away." And most of the way I did that was by not acting. I said, "I'm going to steer myself toward directing. I'm going to do something that takes me toward a place where the work that I do is reflective of what I think is interesting dramatically."


After some arguably dubious choices such as the films mentioned above, Affleck received a great deal of critical acclaim for his portrayal of 'George Reeves', the actor who played Superman on television in the 1950s. If you read between the lines, it's pretty clear that he had no trouble relating to Reeves after his own time starring in the mostly dreadful 20th Century Fox big screen adaptation of Marvel Comics' Daredevil.

You know, putting on the uncomfortable, cheesy suit—I understood that. And I understood what it was like to feel limited by perceptions and having ambitions to do things that were more interesting.


For anyone still hoping that Affleck will consider helming Justice League or another superhero movie for DC Entertainment and Warner Bros., his thoughts on big budget blockbusters seem like a clear indication that he has very little interest in tackling a film of that type. While that's a great shame, it's hard to be too upset when you look at his fantastic work on the likes The Town and Argo (which many critics are already suggesting will be a hit come awards seasons after it was screened recently).

"A lot of big movies are almost codirected by FX houses, because what can you do when the script says, "Here's our hero, he flies down, he turns into 30 monkeys, and they spin around and fight each other"? You know? They're the people who have to do it while the director sits there and says, "Uh, I dunno, can that monkey maybe stretch out a little more? What's the elasticity of the tail?" And the audience expects those movies to top each other."







Based on true events, "Argo" chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis—the truth of which was unknown by the public for decades. On November 4, 1979, as the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point, militants storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. But, in the midst of the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador. Knowing it is only a matter of time before the six are found out and likely killed, a CIA "exfiltration" specialist named Tony Mendez comes up with a risky plan to get them safely out of the country. A plan so incredible, it could only happen in the movies.

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AlexRival - 9/13/2012, 6:21 PM
I don't care what y'all say but I love DD. Especially the Directors cut.
exodus147 - 9/13/2012, 6:24 PM
So apparently when no one wants you for big budget movies you can just say your not interested? It's like not being invited to a party and saying you wouldn't have gone anyways.
Bane2099 - 9/13/2012, 6:24 PM
The directors cut of DD made it a more better film and not mad at Affelck taking on the role, he did alright...I just want to see when and what Marvel Studios is gonna with him now.
InFamouslyCool - 9/13/2012, 6:24 PM
daredevil.. shit.
jimpinto24 - 9/13/2012, 6:27 PM
DD is a underrated comic book movie. I don't think it was terrible. But there were other actors that would have been better for the role as DD. Like Matt Damon.
DarkArts - 9/13/2012, 6:28 PM
I haven't seen his directorial efforts but if Affleck has something unique to offer it certainly was never as an actor. He was just a face. I can't think of one great stand out performance or even a moment in his acting career.
And even if hes done a couple of good films that doesnt mean he would be suited for any CBM especially the JL.
kevberg - 9/13/2012, 6:29 PM
Daredevil was not " shit" . it was shit in places....ahem....bullseye......, but Ben Affleck was good and Jon favereau was great. The directors cut was the real deal.
DEATHbyEXILE - 9/13/2012, 6:30 PM
Monkeys sure are funny
crazyish - 9/13/2012, 6:35 PM
Did the first bit of this seem a little pretentious to anyone else? he was an alright DD, but i have yet to see him give a stellar performance in any movie...period. I don't dislike him though, he seems like a good guy, but i have to say i am relieved he isn't directing JL. He doesn't have experience with those kind of movies.
Mrcool210 - 9/13/2012, 6:36 PM
daredevil wasnt bad cause of him, if the directors cut was released in the theater instead he would probably still be making superhero movies and doing it well, he was a kick ass daredevil (in the directors cut)
GUNSMITH - 9/13/2012, 6:37 PM
I THOUGHT DAREDEVIL WAS OK SPOTS COULDVE BEEN BETTER
xizorkatarn - 9/13/2012, 6:42 PM
Right on, @AlexRival. Me too.
ZombieOverEasy - 9/13/2012, 6:45 PM
Daredevil: Directors Cut was good. I downloaded a Fan Cut a few years back that was supremely good. Still glad I didn't see it in theaters, same with Elektra.

Really hope Marvel will make some sort of announcement after they get the rights back in October.
TheBatman3000 - 9/13/2012, 6:45 PM
god people have to see Daredevil directors cut!....i really never got the hate Affleck got
DoctorDoak - 9/13/2012, 6:54 PM
@cipher: You summed up everything I wanted to say 100% :)

Afleck is a smart guy. And he's definitely right about people's expectations with topping the content of films in procession.
kenmac718 - 9/13/2012, 6:56 PM
Daredevil was not a bad movie at all. What makes me sick about this guy is when the movie was being made he was so happy to play the charactor. I totally understand you have to promote a movie, but as soon as people didn't like it he started saying, "I hated playing the charactor. I felt stupid in the costume." My point of this is if you loved playing the charactor stand by your opinion. Don't change your opinion based on other people's opinion. John Carter of Mars didn't do so hot, but at the end of the day the actor playing John Carter stood by it. Much respect to him. Ben Affleck, not so much.
jarel93 - 9/13/2012, 6:57 PM
Director's Cut of Daredevil was one of my favorite superhero movies of all time. Sure, the playground fight scene between Matt and Elektra looked like Mortal Kombat threw up on the movie, but it was a great flick overall. 4/5.
lokibane2012 - 9/13/2012, 6:58 PM
DD wasn't all that bad.

And look at this guy, being all snooty and shit coz he's got some critical acclaim now. [frick]ing pathetic.
SpideyQuad - 9/13/2012, 7:08 PM
Hard not to believe the press, especially when it's about you.
GodzillaKart - 9/13/2012, 7:13 PM
Interesting insights from a guy in the game. He has made it clear that he loves the DD character, but the movie didn't work. It makes sense that his experience there helped him in "Hollywoodland".

Much respect for Affleck.
MisterMagurlypse - 9/13/2012, 7:19 PM
Much more talented behind the camera rather than in front of it.
Mysterion - 9/13/2012, 7:26 PM
I dont care what you say about his acting but the dude is one hell of a director, his new movie Argo looks crazy good, he will def get nominated for best director & the movie for best picture, mark it down.
ShadesAtKnightII - 9/13/2012, 7:26 PM
The Director's Cut of Daredevil is a fantastic film. I don't give a crap what people say.
lokibane2012 - 9/13/2012, 7:26 PM
I almost forgot,

This [frick]er should also be grateful to DD for getting him hitched to Jennifer Garner.
alekesam - 9/13/2012, 7:28 PM
I thought the DD flick was cast perfectly (except Colin Ferrell and really, who names their son @$$hole? :) ) but with a horrid choice for director. I may change that opinion when I finally see the DC.
jessepostal - 9/13/2012, 7:34 PM
directors cut is way better, but its still not that good, cgi takes you out of the movie,especially that rat right in the begining. Dialogue has a lot of cheese, bullseye is way over the top. i still watch it from time to time
SageMode - 9/13/2012, 7:38 PM
I didnt really care about the DD movie, and Affleck, IMO, wasnt convincing in the role either. Cant wait to see the Marvel Studios Daredevil movie when released in the future.
Nighmarewalking117 - 9/13/2012, 7:43 PM
DD for what it was a "movie" was great, I liked it. sure, it had it rough spots, but what movie doesn't? I say, "Continue with him as the lead-roll. No "do-over", no "re-starts", just continuations in the: 2012 area and give "Collin Ferral" a bloody-costume. I want the real-deal Bullseye and the rest should fallow. Of course, keep dark, gritty and bloody, and throw-in a splash of Marvel Knights in too, will a few cameos by: The Web Head if "possible" and Luke Cage, you know show some of him in there too.
eleven59 - 9/13/2012, 8:02 PM
Any movie with Colin Ferrell, Jennifer garner, beckinsale or biel... can't be good. It's just a universal law. You can't fight it.
fanboy03191 - 9/13/2012, 8:03 PM
The director's cut was nothing short of awesome. If it was released, I think he's have a different tune.
damntree - 9/13/2012, 8:14 PM
Sure beats the [frick] out of the Fantastic Four and Ghostrider.
superpooper - 9/13/2012, 8:16 PM
"There was at time when Ben Affleck was considered a joke in Hollywood". That time is now.
deanwilkins - 9/13/2012, 8:25 PM
I loved Daredevil and the Directors Cut was amazing. Even my wife enjoyed both versions. I wouldn't dream of calling it a failure. Great film! It needs a good sequel.

Not looking for flames, but I would take Daredevil over the Nolan films any day. Just my opinion, spoken by a huge Batman fan. I have 100's of Batman comics.
mrHJK - 9/13/2012, 8:39 PM
Daredevil was really cool, and he was really good in the role, very dedicated.
Affleck is great; his career is only going up.
I don't think he needs a CBM to do that. He'd be more likely to make a film about Jack Kirby or someone else like that.
TheGambitFreakIsBatmanOfCBM - 9/13/2012, 8:40 PM
Yes, the DD:DC is one of the best CBM's to date. And no matter who disagree's, Ben Affleck played one hell of a Matt Murdock and Jon Favreau made an awesome Foggy.

TheGambitFreakIsBatmanOfCBM - 9/13/2012, 8:41 PM
R.I.P. Duncan!
LoudLon - 9/13/2012, 8:47 PM
Affleck catches a lot of flak -- unfairly, I think. I think the only reason folks really hate on him was because of all the "Bennifer" media saturation shit. But if you step back and look at his body of work -- yeah, he's made some clunkers, but then so have a great many other A-listers.

But dude's got the chops, man. He's a solid actor, and an excellent director. I'm a fan.
inkslinger616 - 9/13/2012, 9:05 PM
Affleck should stay behind the camera and stick to reading comic books not trying to translate them to the screen same goes for Nic Cage except Cage should just stay away from the camera period.
UrbanKnight - 9/13/2012, 9:14 PM
Can't wait for Argo!

DD was aaaight.
UrbanKnight - 9/13/2012, 9:16 PM
....Directors cut, for it's time anyway.
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