Ben Affleck learned the tough lesson that no matter how cool you might be in the eyes of fans, your preteen daughter is always going to see you as the most embarrassing person in the world.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Affleck spoke about how playing Batman has affected the way his kids see him. While his 5-year-old son Sam is thrilled that his dad is the Dark Knight, his 11-year-old daughter Violet is decidedly less impressed with her old man.
“[For] my oldest daughter, I’m already embarrassing, you know what I mean?” Affleck said. “I’m like, ‘How can I be embarrassing? I’m Batman. That embarrasses you?’ She’s like, ‘Dad, pick me up down the street.”
While Violet might think her dad is nothing but a square, he said she was much more impressed by his co-stars, especially real-life Wonder Woman Gal Godot. During a set visit, Violet and Affleck’s 8-year-old daughter Seraphina were blown away by Godot.
“The girls were into Wonder Woman,” he said. “I like to think they were into Batman a little, but my girls [were] definitely into Wonder Woman.”
Even Affleck’s son Sam was eventually won over by another member of the Justice League, as Affleck recalls his son becoming extremely shy when he got to meet Ezra Miller in his Flash costume.
“I was like, ‘That’s the real Flash.’ And he looked like he saw Jesus Christ,” Affleck explained. “I was like, ‘Yup, that’s him. That’s the one, the real Flash.'”
Fortunately, Affleck doesn’t seem to take be taking his kids’ lack of excitement about their dad’s work too personally. That’s probably because he knows that his preteen daughter is at that stage in her life where she wouldn’t be impressed even if he was the real-life Batman.