Ben Affleck Cast As New Batman in “Man of Steel” Sequel – Actually A Good Thing
I’m sure you’ve all heard the news by now. And if you haven’t, and I’m the one breaking the news to you: it’s a sweet and sour feeling because I hate to be the barer of what you’re going to believe is bad news. But is it bad news really? I can understand everyone’s immediate reaction to “hate” on any decision Hollywood makes and believes that they could do better. I’ll admit that I had the same initial reaction as most of the people online expressing their shock, disapproval, and even anger over the announcement made by Greg Silverman and Sue Kroll (some big wigs) that Ben Affleck would portray the caped crusader.
But now that I’ve had some time to sleep on it an assess the situation, I will make a bold statement here first and say that not only could it have beem worse, but dare I say that I think it was a good decision. And most of you know I’m one of the biggest Batman fans around. Here’s why I think Ben Affleck would work as a Batman in the Zack Snyder universe:
Let’s get all the negative out of the way and out in the open air first so that no one can argue that I’m ignoring the obvious. “Daredevil” bombed. Yes, I know. That was ten years ago. Long before “Argo” and “The Town” and other amazing films that Affleck acted in. He’s developed and grown tremendously as an actor since then. Also, you have to look at the director and writer of these things. Daredevil was directed by Mark Steven Johnson; the guy who also directed “Jack Frost” and “Grumpier Old Men.” Yeah, that’s a great resume to convince producers you can do a gritty comic adaptation… NOT!
Zack Snyder has already established himself as a tremendous director for comic adaptations. “Man of Steel,” “Watchmen,” and “300” were all amazing! Snyder understands how to make these types of movies and knows how to get the best out of his actors. If he can make Gerard Butler look like the baddest of all bad-asses in “300” after most of us saw him as “Phantom of The Opera,” I’m not worried in the least about what Snyder can get out of Affleck.
In addition, no one knows yet as to how much of a role Batman would play in the story. And let’s not kid ourselves, in most of these crossover movies, it’s impossible to determine how much actual screen time everyone gets. Everything right now is either based on speculation or has potential to be squashed and re-written. Besides, the special effects and stuntmen do most of the heavy lifting for the actors whether they are good or bad. And I don’t think anyone on here (regardless of their protest) would say flat out that Ben Affleck is a bad actor.
This actually all sounds very familiar to me… you know-the tremendous protest from the mass public over a casting choice. It was actually even a character from the Batman universe. The Internet went crazy after it was announced that Heath Ledger was cast as Joker, the clown prince. Ignorant Photoshop nerds even made “Brokeback” Joker posters due to Ledger’s incredibly brave film “Brokeback Mountain.” A lot of people wanted Jack Nicholson to come back and basically reprise his 1989 role. Despite the fact that he’s in his 70’s. I wonder how casting Ledger turned out…
It’s already being reported that Affleck is training two hours a day to prepare for the role. Physical transformations are the least of my worries here. I think my biggest concern is the one that’s been argued and addressed by the public for years now. Everyone wants to separate but still can’t resist to compare “Nolan’s Batman.” For some reason everyone uses the Nolan/Bale Batman as the litmus test for what a Batman and Batman universe is supposed to look like. Well… it’s not. FYI: that report of Christian Bale being offered $50-$60 million to reprise the roll? All rumors and lies.
Even now I’ll agree that Affleck isn’t the BEST choice. Personally Josh Brolin would have been my first choice. But when was the last time someone who we thought would be “perfect” for the role was cast and it still ended up being a disappointment? We’ll just have to wait and see.