​Ben Affleck responds to the infamous 'Sad Affleck' meme

By Sarah Walker

In early 2016, Ben Affleck became the star of a hilarious meme dubbed "Sad Affleck."

The spot showed him sitting in on an interview looking sad and forlorn as negative headlines about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice splashed across the screen. In the background Simon & Garfunkel's hit tune "Sound of Silence" played softly.

Now the 44-year-old has responded to the short YouTube video.

Speaking to BBC Radio 1, the actor said he learned one thing from working on the film.

“It taught me not to do interviews with Henry Cavill where I don’t say anything, and they can lay Simon & Garfunkel tracks over it,” he said laughing. “That’s one thing I learned.”

On a more serious note, he added, "I learned a ton, actually... I had never done a movie of that scale. I didn't know what the technology was capable of doing nowadays."

He wrapped up the interview by saying, "You have no idea how big these titles are. They're so much bigger than any other kind of movie, and everybody goes and sees it. I hear nothing but really nice things about the movie, which is nice because that's not what I got from the critics."

Batman v Superman, starring Henry as Superman, was widely panned by critics.

Nick de Semlyen of Empire said, "There are moments that make the whole enterprise worthwhile, and introduces an intriguing new Batman. But it’s also cluttered and narratively wonky; a few jokes wouldn’t have gone amiss, either."

Ben is taking his viral stardom in stride.

Time's Stephanie Zacharek agreed by saying, "Batman v Superman lunges for greatness instead of building toward it: It's so top heavy with false portent that it buckles under its own weight."

While folks panned the film itself, the DC movie was box office gold, raking in nearly $873 million worldwide.

Ben will next reprise his role as Batman in the upcoming film Justice League, also starring Henry, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot and Jesse Eisenberg.

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