Ben Affleck Responds To Alejandro Inarritu’s Criticisms & ‘Dawn Of Justice’ Script Rumor

Ben Affleck Batman SmileMexican director Alejandro Inarritu is nothing if not a respectable man. For those unfamiliar with his name, he won Best Director this year for his work on The Revenant. This was his fourth Academy Award, having taken home three Oscars just last year for his work on Birdman. In short, he knows a thing or two about filmmaking. Ben Affleck certainly values his opinion, but there is one subject on which the two differ: the cultural impact of superhero movies.

Inarritu has previously stated that he does like to take in the occasional superhero flick. But overall, his opinion on the genre is far from positive.

“They have been poison, this cultural genocide.”

This is the remark to which Ben Affleck felt a need to respond. And while he has a tendency to disagree, he doesn’t think that Inarritu’s comment is entirely without merit.

“I know Alejandro and he’s a great guy and a brilliant filmmaker and I admire him enormously. And [Emmanuel Lubezki, The Revenant’s cinematographer] is a friend of mine. Alejandro is also given to over-statement. I wouldn’t call it cultural genocide, but he’s brilliant and his point is taken that you can’t just swallow up cinema with any kind of movie.”

Ben Affleck made the aforementioned comment at a conference in Mexico City, during which he was joined by Batman v Superman co-stars Henry Cavill and Gal Gadot, in addition to director Zack Snyder. Cavill, who himself did not grow up reading comic books, had a somewhat interesting take on the genre.

“I read Greek mythology as a boy and I loved it. These guys who we are playing are just modern mythological heroes in today’s pop culture.”

While likely unintentional, Cavill’s comments stand opposed to yet another one of Inarritu’s superhero criticisms:

“The problem is that sometimes they purport to be profound, based on some Greek mythological thing. And they are honestly very right wing. I always see them as killing people because they do not believe in what you believe, or they are not who you want them to be. I hate that, and don’t respond to those characters.”

By the way, those unfamiliar with Greek mythology should know that the gods actually did kill people over differences of opinion on multiple occasions. The fact that we’re seeing references to ancient myth so close to the release of Batman v Superman is almost astonishingly apropos.

Turning away from Inarritu, Ben Affleck had another somewhat troubling issue that he felt the need to address. At the conference, Affleck was asked about recent rumors that he was involved in the script for Batman v Superman. For those not in the loop, this specific rumor claims that Ben Affleck was sitting around in his Batman costume and doing rewrites while production was already underway. Affleck’s response was straight to the point:

“That is the dumbest rumor. I just like how if I was gonna go write, I would put on this bat suit first because it’s so comfortable to write in. I didn’t rewrite anything in any outfit, my underwear or otherwise.”

That pretty much covers all the bases for potential writing attire. It’s safe to say that Affleck’s lack of a writing credit is legitimate.

To see Affleck and Cavill duke it out on the silver screen, don’t miss Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice when it releases this Friday, March 25.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Kieran Hair

Kieran Hair

Kieran is a former indie screenwriter/production designer with a vast love for all creative media. New to journalism, he now lives for new stories.

  • sintheticreality2

    Inarritu is a pretentious turdburglar.

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    • Vegas82

      Highly appropriate.

    • xxjinzaxx

      It’s a dig against Iñaritu’s sense of self-importance.


        Zack Snyder also has a sense of self-importance:

        “I always feel like — and I always believe the movies I’ve made are
        smarter than the way they are perceived by sort of mass culture and by
        the critics. We set out to make smarter movies than what they’re
        perceived to be, do you know what I mean?”

        • xxjinzaxx

          Of course I know what he means. His movies rely on being faithful to an existing IP and there is usually another layer to his movies that most people don’t care to be bothered with.

          Let’s use SuckerPunch. A perfect handicap. Unbeknownst to most, that movie had another layer for anyone who bothered looking. To put it simply, the movie was a take on the themes from a movie called Brazil but with visuals cranked to obscene levels.

          SP is not a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination, but it supports Snyder’s claim about the general audience not expecting more out of his films. Thus only look at the surface and call it a day.

          • AshWilliams1975

            I in no way hate Snyder’s work. When I actually go to the theater it is for spectacle, and he does it very well. I also love Watchmen.

            That said, I disagree vehemently. There is another layer, but I think you missed it if you mention Brazil. The only thing they share is a dreamscape component, and Brazil’s visuals are already ‘cranked to obscene levels’. It is also smarter than anything Snyder will ever do. Brazil takes on society as a whole, and governmental bureaucracy in particular.

    • Julien Rosa

      french word “à-propos”, means opportune or pertinent

  • Margot Robbit

    Lmfao I’m glad he mentioned the rumor

  • World’s Finest Comments

    If Innaritu was making movies in the 40’s he would probably make similar comments about Universal’s monster movies. Every generation has genre movies that dominate the box office. 15 years from now it might be video game movies that get all the headlines.

  • unpaidpundit

    Cavill is right, Inarritu is wrong. “The Revenant” is a good, albeit not great, film. Being a good director does not make one an expert on the nature of narrative, or the sweep of Western storytelling. Hercules is a superhero. Achilles is a superhero. The knights of the round table are superheros.

  • L_D_G

    Add 10-15 years and Inarritu will at least be “in talks” to direct one. Because, money.

  • That’s so right wing, to kill others you disagree with.

    What the frak???

    I guess he missed what happened after the French Revolution? Or Lenin? Or Stalin? Or Mao? Castro? Che? Ho Chi Minn? Pol Pot? North Korea’s Kim dictators?

    What is it with ideology that creates such emotional people that they say such stupid and wrong things… a lot?

    • Yves

      and this is supposed to be a Oscar-winning “Intelectual”

  • richoracle

    Oh so you win a couple of Oscars and you think you are all High and Mighty, better than the comic book movie fan.

  • Yves

    “And they are honestly very right wing. I always see them as killing people because they do not believe in what you believe, or they are not who you want them to be. ”

    but this is a left-wing thing. Look at the Farc, the Sendero Luminoso etc.