Superhero movies have come a long way since the early 2000s. X-Men and Spider-Man ushered in the modern superhero boom but it took other studios and productions quite some time to get other properties right. One of the early dumpster fire level disasters was the 2003 Daredevil movie that starred Ben Affleck as Matt Murdock. It turns out he hates it just as much, if not more, than fans do and that is why he decided to be Batman.
The actor and director recently spoke with the New York Times as part of their TimeTalks series. During the course of the chat, he revealed that he truly detests Daredevil and that pushed him to take on the role of Batman in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice so that he could try and get a superhero movie right. Here is what he had to say about it.
"That's [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice] the movie I want to do. I want to be a part of that. Part of it was I wanted for once to get one of these movies and do it right - to do a good version. I hate Daredevil so much. The Netflix show does really cool stuff. I feel like that was there for us to do with that character, and we never kind of got it right. I wanted to do one of those movies and sort of get it right."
Fans of Daredevil, as Ben Affleck points out, have the Netflix series to watch and now have a very good, live-action representation of the character to turn to. It clearly still eats at him a little bit that the potential was there, but director Mark Steven Johnson couldn't quite squeeze it out of the material for the 2003 movie. As for his choice to play Batman in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice in the hopes to redeem himself within the superhero genre? There is some room for debate on how successful that was.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice was lamented by critics upon arrival and certainly divided fans, but made a ton of money at the box office ($873 million). That said, Ben Affleck, for his part, was by most accounts one of the best parts of the movie and there is a lot of excitement about his upcoming solo Batman movie, which he is also going to direct. So the movie may not have been a home run, but Ben Affleck seemed to get the character right and has the opportunity to make a truly great superhero movie in the future. Oddly enough, Batman V Superman has a lower critic score on Rotten Tomatoes (27 percent) than Daredevil does (44 percent). On the flip side, the audience score for Batman V Superman is at a decent 64 percent rating, while Daredevil sits at a very poor 35 percent, for whatever that is worth.
Ben Affleck is going to have a shot at further redemption next year in Justice League, which is set for release on November 17, 2017. Zack Snyder is returning to direct and assuming they can successfully unite the Justice League for the first time ever in a live-action movie, it is pretty safe to say that Ben Affleck will be fully redeemed in the eyes of fans, and hopefully in his own mind, for the disastrous Daredevil. There is no release date for The Batman, but if Justice League goes well, that could just wind up being the cherry on top of the sundae.