These days a movie’s reputation can live or die on how it fares on Rotten Tomatoes – the internet’s go-to review aggregator when it comes to all things film – and that was certainly the case for Ben Affleck and Batman v Superman.
The first blockbuster of 2016, the movie currently boasts a Tomatometer rating of just 27 per cent.
And while Batman v Superman scores better on the audience rating, with 67%, it’s fair to say that the consensus has been largely negative.
All of which has put Affleck in something of a bad mood, according to birthmoviesdeath.com editor-in-chief Devin Faraci.
Something of an industry insider, Faraci has revealed that Affleck was left smarting at the critical reaction to his Batman movie for one specific reason – he had told everybody it was going to be better than his Daredevil one.
“My sources have told me that Affleck was incredibly unhappy about the reception of BvS,” Faraci explained.
“He felt humiliated after spending so much of the press tour saying how much better this film would be than Daredevil.”
To those too young to remember, or too intelligent to think a Daredevil film featuring Colin Farrell as Bullseye could work, Daredevil was Affleck’s first attempt at launching his own superhero franchise.
Released in 2003, the movie was universally panned with some claiming that the director’s cut, which rather bizarrely included an entire subplot involving rapper/actor Coolio, was far better. Hmmm.
But despite its status as a rare Marvel turkey, Daredevil actually has a better rating than Batman v Superman on Rotten Tomatoes at 44% on the Tomatometer.
And as if his failed promise than Batman v Superman would be better than Daredevil wasn’t bad enough, Faraci believes Affleck has been left upset at recent developments surrounding his involvement in DC Comics future plans.
“On top of that his agent was furious when Kevin Tsujihara jumped the gun and announced him as the director of The Batman – there were still negotiations happening. This move seems to help placate Affleck while also edging Zack Snyder out of a controlling central position in the DC Movieverse.”
With plans already afoot for a new Batman movie featuring every single one of Caped Crusader’s most notable villains, things are looking far from super in the DC/Affleck camp right now.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.