“Tone is not a qualitative thing”: Ben Affleck Refused To Accept $873M Zack Snyder Movie Was A Failure, Slammed Fans Having A Problem With Gritty, Dark Superhero Movies

Ben Affleck Refused To Accept $873M Zack Snyder Movie Was A Failure, Slammed Fans Having A Problem With Gritty, Dark Superhero Movies
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Ben Affleck is a multifaceted actor. While fans love him for his versatile acting talent, many also admire him for his personality and no-nonsense persona. Affleck is often vocal and is never afraid to voice his opinions when critics call him out. One of the things he fervently defended was the critically negative reviews his $873 million Zack Snyder move received.

Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck

Called out for being too dark and negative for being a superhero movie, Affleck blamed the audience and critics for not being able to understand the movie’s tone. While critics certainly did not like his comments, fans showed support.

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Ben Affleck Called Out Critics For Criticizing $873M Zack Snyder Movie

A still from the movie
A still from the movie

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The Ben Affleck starrer Zack Snyder‘s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was all set to become the biggest superhero movie of all time. It brought together DC’s two most iconic, loved, and fan-favorite characters head-to-head in what would be the biggest superhero event on big screens. Unfortunately, despite pitching Batman against Superman, and having a star-studded cast, the movie failed to woo critics.

Even though the movie became the second-highest-grossing DC movie at $873 million, critics weren’t amazed at the dark and gritty storyline. In an interview, the lead star Affleck, called all the fans and critics who labelled it a flop.


“It was a huge hit movie. More people went to see that than any movie I’ve ever made in my career. It was the biggest hit of my career. And then it had a lot editorial negativity. It was interesting, that movie, because it was judged not necessarily on execution so much as on its tone.

The Batman star stated as he urged fans and critics alike to understand the movie’s environment and execution rather than focussing on the ‘tone’.

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Despite Criticism, Ben Affleck Loves The Movie’s ‘Tone’

Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice was called out for being too dark
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice was called out for being too ‘dark’

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was criticized for being too long, messy, and unnecessarily dark. Many reviews stated that the movie would have been ‘watchable’ had it not introduced an unwanted gritty narrative to an already dark storyline. Even after critical reviews, Ben Affleck exclaimed that he loves the ‘tone’ of the storyline, which many profess to hate.


“People seemed to want to have a lighter tone to the movie, and I thought that was interesting because it’s subjective. Tone is not a qualitative thing. It’s subjective, right? Some tones resonate with me that might not with you.  And the tone of the movie was really parallel to the Frank Miller book [The Dark Knight Returns], which I liked and thought was great. I’m glad that so many people went and so many people liked the movie. It worked out.”

Even though most would not agree with Affleck’s sentiments, the movie’s reviews and commercial success do stand testament to the fact that perhaps the movie wasn’t as bad.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice can be streamed on HBO Max.

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