It’s almost hard to believe that it’s been more than 13 years since Ben Affleck’s version of Daredevil hit theaters, grossing $182.8 million worldwide.
And a lot has changed since then. Not just with comic book films (and television series), but even with Affleck himself. So much that when he looks back at how he portrayed Matt Murdock, according to The New York Times (courtesy of JustJared), he has some very, very, very strong opinions.
“I hate Daredevil so much. It frustrated me. 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.”
While Affleck didn’t get another shot at Daredevil, he did get a much more coveted role of Batman, which he debuted in this year’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and will continue in a series of solo films that he will play a key writing part in.
That last film, which also starred Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel, earned a far stronger $868.2 million at the box office, and gave DC Comics the boost they’ve been waiting for on the big screen.
Affleck shared his thoughts as part of the New York newspaper’s “TimesTalks” series, which took place Monday at the New York University Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.
Critics didn’t necessarily hate Daredevil when it came out … it was more like they were just split. From the 221 critics surveyed by RottenTomatoes back in 2003, only 44 percent liked what they saw. Audiences were far less forgiving, however – of the more than 465,000 surveyed, just 35 percent said they liked it enough to recommend.
The Netflix series from Drew Goddard has had a much different reception. Charlie Cox stepped up to play Murdock, and Daredevil literally became the launching pad for a number of Marvel series that have made or are making their way to the subscription streaming service. Over the course of the two seasons, Daredevil has fueled spin-offs like The Punisher starring Jon Bernthal, while Cox himself will reprise his Daredevil character for Netflix’s ensemble series The Defenders, which debuts next year.
Affleck already has finished work for Justice League from director Zack Snyder, and he’s in pre-production for The Batman, which he will both write and produce. And anyone worried about Affleck writing a Batman movie should remember – this guy is an Oscar-winning writer, sharing the award with Matt Damon in 1998 for Good Will Hunting.
Justice League hits theaters Nov. 17, while Warner Bros. has not yet created a timetable for The Batman.
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