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Affleck laughs on Fallon about Batman haters

Ben Affleck, the latest Batman, explains how before he signed up for the movie, the studio people showed him online reactions to previous Batman casting choices. He thought he could take it. However...

He's ready. Or is he?
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"I handle my s***."

This was the brave, superheroish stance taken by Ben Affleck after he'd been cast as Batman.

As he told Jimmy Fallon, studio executives had tried to prepare him for an Internet tongue-lash.

They had showed him the often vile Web reaction to previous casting choices.

He told Fallon: "But I thought: 'I'm a big boy. I can handle any snub. I can handle anything.' They said don't use the Internet for a few days."

Affleck didn't listen.

"I went to the announcement and looked at the first comment and it says 'NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!.' And I was done! We're going to be Luddites for a while," he admitted.

The reaction to Affleck's casting has been bafflingly inane.

As he said himself: "You can't say anything before the movie comes out. It doesn't matter what you think before, it matters what you think after the movie comes out."

He said he signed on to the Zack Snyder "Man of Steel 2" project -- rumored to be called "Batman vs. Superman" -- because he thought Snyder was going to take the franchise in an interesting direction.

In the last few days, many have feared that this direction will feature Justin Bieber as Affleck's Robin.

This was a rumor mischievously propagated by Bieber himself.

Somehow, I feel that Affleck's Batman will be a little too dark for the inclusion of Bieber.

Affleck told Fallon: "Obviously you can't do what Christian Bale did, those movies were amazing. But Zack wants to something different but in keeping with that."

Oh, but people are always scared of different before it happens.