Ben Affleck is the new Batman

Batman_wallpaper_NguyenHe has come a long way since Daredevil, but I am still shocked to read that Affleck would go anywhere near a comic book movie again. Even he swore off comic book movies, as evidenced in this MTV interview excerpt:

“No, I would not do another,” he said, insisting that he’s sworn off comic-book films for good. “I was cured of that.”

However, more recently he was more positive about the prospect of wearing tights and… well… he’s Batman.

Despite Nolan’s trilogy being a complete story, we all knew that Batman would be back. After Man of Steel transformed Superman into a grim killing machine, I have to wonder what kind of Batman this will be. Warner Bros has a blank slate from which to develop a new Batman  which means he could be almost anything.

Batman and SupermanI am hoping that the studio remembers that Batman and Superman are essentially opposites who compliment each other and take direction from that rather than just asking Affleck to put on a Christian Bale impersonation.

Ben-Affleck-800x600Via MSNUSA Today, Huffington Post,  LA Times’ HeroComplex, CBS News, Entertainment Weekly, and Variety  :

Ben Affleck is set to play Batman opposite Henry Cavill in the untitled “Man of Steel” sequel that will be directed by Zack Snyder, Warner Bros. announced on Thursday.

The studio has slated the film to open worldwide on July 17, 2015.

Project brings Batman and Superman together for the first time on the big screen.

“Man of Steel” stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane are also set to return.

The rest of the announcement is below:

Last month’s surprise announcement of the new movie featuring both Superman and Batman created a wave of excitement and immediately fueled discussion and debate—among fans as well as in the media—about who would put on the cape and cowl of Bruce Wayne’s alter ego.

Snyder successfully re-imagined the origin of Clark Kent/Superman in the worldwide blockbuster “Man of Steel,” which has earned more than $650 million worldwide to date, and climbing. The director will now create an original vision of Batman and his world for the film that brings the two DC Comics icons together.

In the announcement, Greg Silverman stated, “We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics’ most enduringly popular Super Heroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some. His outstanding career is a testament to his talent and we know he and Zack will bring new dimension to the duality of this character.”

Snyder also expressed his excitement about the casting of Affleck, noting, “Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman. He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne. I can’t wait to work with him.”

Sue Kroll added, “We are so thrilled that Ben is continuing Warner Bros.’ remarkable legacy with the character of Batman. He is a tremendously gifted actor who will make this role his own in this already much-anticipated pairing of these two beloved heroes.”

Affleck recently starred in the Academy Award®-winning Best Picture “Argo,” which he also directed and produced, earning acclaim and a BAFTA Award nomination for his performance in the film, as well as a number of directing honors. In 2010, he starred in and directed the hit crime thriller “The Town.”

His recent acting work also includes “The Company Men,” “State of Play,” and “Hollywoodland,” for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor. Earlier in his career, Affleck starred in and co-wrote (with Matt Damon) “Good Will Hunting,” for which he won an Oscar® for Best Original Screenplay.

The new Super Hero film is being scripted by David S. Goyer from a story he co-created with Zack Snyder. Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan and Wesley Coller serving as executive producers.

Production is expected to begin in 2014.

The film is based on Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster, and Batman characters created by Bob Kane, published by DC Entertainment.


5 thoughts on “Ben Affleck is the new Batman

  1. For all the problems with the Val Kilmer and George Clooney Batman movies… the lion’s share of the blame goes to crappy stories. I’m not sure any actor could have saved those movies… so I’ll take a wait and see approach for Affleck as Batman. I like him as an actor, though.

    I am disappointed, though, that they didn’t choose to build on the Bale-Batman movies since they have an established backstory and character that you don’t have to explain. I fear the re-casting means we will get a partial origin story again.


  2. Given some of the other options floating around from Armie Hammer, Josh Holloway, Matt Bomer, or Luke Evans… I think we did okay. Though Richard Armitage of Spooks was an interesting choice and I would have liked seeing someone like Ron Perlman or Rutger Hauer as an older Batman. I wager Affleck will surprise naysayers but as SJV pointed out, the writing has long been a bigger problem with these comic book movies.

    The one upside is that since this Batman will be introduced in the next Superman movie, the origin story will have been leapfrogged.


    • I’ll cross my fingers that you are right! I wish they would take the comic approach to origins… They don’t retell the character’s origins every time a new writer or artist steps onto a book… there’s no reason to give heroes a new origin movie every time either. I get that they want to do it sometimes, and I’m not against that… but when we fall into the cycle of 3-4 movies, then start over, and each one starts with new origin stories again… I feel like we waste so much opportunity that could be spent on evolving the characters.

      I think most moviegoers by now could accept a Batman & Superman movie with entirely new actors in the roles without having to tell the origin stories over again. Superhero movies should have that as an advantage over other action movies where they kind of have to give you backstory when they invent new action heroes.


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