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Ben Affleck calls Batman v Superman ‘biggest hit’ of his career, talks negative reception

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The issue was tone

Ben Affleck is currently doing press for his upcoming dramatic thriller, The Accountant, but the man behind the Batman cowl can’t seem to avoid questions about his role as the Caped Crusader.

In an interview with Fox 5 DC, Affleck was asked about the reception to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Although it’s a question that Affleck has received countless times since the film’s release back in March, the actor has avoided it for the most part, instead choosing to give noncommittal answers. This time, however, Affleck commented on criticisms of the film — specifically, complaints about its tone.

"It was interesting, that movie, because it was judged not necessarily on execution so much as on its tone," Affleck told Fox. "People seemed to want to have a lighter tone to the movie, and I thought that was interesting.

"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."

Affleck added that he thought it was "interesting" that the critically panned movie happens to be the biggest hit of his career. Affleck films like the Best Picture-winning Argo have received much more praise, but Batman v Superman is the highest-grossing film to date starring him, with more than $330.3 million in U.S. box office receipts.

It’s also not a role that he’s walking away from anytime soon, either. Affleck will play Batman again in Zack Snyder’s Justice League, as well as his stand-alone Batman movie, simply titled The Batman. Affleck will be stepping behind the camera for that film, so it may have a different tone from that of Batman v Superman.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is currently available to purchase on DVD, Blu-Ray and digital retail services.