Ben Affleck Thought He Could Handle The Batlash, But Then He Met The Internet

Ben Affleck Jimmy Fallon 2013

Ben Affleck paid a visit to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night to continue his campaign to make me feel as iffy as possible about him. One minute I’m like, “You’re married to Jennifer Garner and you make good movies. You seem okay.” And then the next minute I’m like, “Wow, still not over that little snubby snub, are we? That’s not so appealing.” But the big focus of his interview was actually the news that he’ll be playing Batman in the Man of Steel sequel. You might remember when that was announced because the entire Internet was rational and accepting in response to the news. Ha ha, just kidding, the Internet was its usual petty, death-threaty self.

Ben explains that the filmmakers actually tried to prepare him for the #Batlash by showing him the types of responses previous actors received after the big announcement. Then they were like, “Umm, maybe don’t go on the Internet for a little while.” If you can believe it, dear reader, celebrities apparently go on the Internet in their everyday lives. I KNOW! I thought they had people for that. Or at least robots who read them five positive Twitter comments every morning in place of coffee. But apparently famous people go online themselves. Learn something new every day.

Ben explained — in a way that made me go “Meeeeh, not so fond of you at this particular moment” — that he figured he could totally handle the negative responses. Maybe he viewed it as part of his superhero training. You’re simply not a superhero until you read an online comment from someone who wants you dead and are able to just be like, “What a pesky troll” instead of retreating into the corner and curling up in the fetal position. But then Ben actually went online and his noble plan got a little complicated. He puts on a brave face and refrains from mentioning the fetal position, but I wouldn’t rule it out. I’ve met the Internet. I’ve looked it in the eye. It has no mercy.

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    • Alexis Rhiannon

      If you invented the term ‘batlash’, you just won the internet.

      • Jill O’Rourke

        I didn’t, or at least I’m not the only one who’s used it. You’ll have to save my trophy for a more deserving occasion.

    • MCR

      The Internet is a Super Villain, who can turn a discussion of the most trivial bit of information into the Rape of Nanking, only with both sides losing.

    • Basma K

      I feel so bad for him! You can tell he’s nervous and freaking out over these comments… I don’t know, maybe it’s cause I always found celebrity insecurities that Ben’s cute points went waayy up.

      • Basma K

        found celebrity insecurities so appealing*

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