Ben Affleck Has Three Words for Batman Critics: ‘I Handle S–t’

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Just like his soon-to-be alter ego, Ben Affleck doesn't mind standing up to bullies.

The 41-year-old actor, who has been villainized by critics and fans alike over his controversial casting as Batman in Zack Snyder's upcoming sequel to "Man of Steel," appeared on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" on Monday and told the talk show host that when it comes to the haters, his skin is thicker than the Kevlar Batsuit.

"I handle s--t. I'm very tough," Affleck explained to Fallon. "So, I saw the announcement, I look down the thing and I look at the first comment. The first comment goes, 'Nooooooooooooo.' I'm like, 'We're going to be Luddites for a while, kids.'"

According to the veteran actor, studio execs told him that the reactions to his big role might not all be positive. They said, "'Listen, we want to talk to you because people go through this process and it can be trying … We want to show you some of the reactions that past people who have been cast have gotten, like on the internet and stuff,'" Affleck divulged. "[They showed me] people who were in these movies who did a great job and [commenters would] say, 'Kill him!' You can't say that before a movie comes out. It doesn't matter what you think then, it matters what you think when you see the movie."

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While the naysayers weren't going to stop him from taking on the superhero role, Affleck admitted that he even had his doubts about the job in the beginning. "They called me up and said, 'Do you wanna do this?' And I thought, 'Well, I'm not 25, man. Are you sure about this?'"

In the end, it was Snyder's tone for the film and the "Gone Girl" star's own children, Samuel, 1, Seraphina, 4, and Violet, 7, that sold him on the role. "Every kid should see their dad as a superhero, right? It's so awesome, man," he dished to Fallon. "I'm so excited."

He's not the only one — little Samuel was spotted sporting a Batman t-shirt just this weekend. And Affleck's wife, Jennifer Garner, is pretty psyched to see her man in tights as well. "My husband is a pretty great storyteller himself, and I'm excited to watch him do it," she told MTV News.

And as for those bullies that refuse to stop being jokers, Affleck says, "I'm a big boy. I can handle any snub. I can handle anything."