Ben Affleck to Play Batman in ‘Man of Steel’ sequel. Is That A Good Call?

by on August 22, 2013

in Entertainment

The news on the street, from Warner Bros., is that Ben Affleck has landed the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman in the Man of Steel sequel, tentatively titled Batman vs. Superman.

Really?

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Well, the news is real, but I’m a bit non-plussed about the casting.  I think many others were taken by surprise by this out of the blue casting for Batman.

As is pointed out by some of these comments I randomly pulled from a bunch:

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  • Ben affleck as the next batman = no no no just no …See More

  • Lets make a campaign against Warner Bros. in order for this not to happen.

  • Hopeless

  • Not seen Daredevil?

  • There are so many new comers that could do with this kind of role. Somebody that you can’t associate with any other role.

  • Why can’t DC get it right?

  • Christian bale is the only and best batman

  • Why are you doing this to us? WHY.

  • Come “On Its Ben Affleck Man” He’ll Pull It off

  • I’m not happy with with choice but that said, I’m STILL going to watch

  • Nooooooo! Boycott

  • They should’ve went with a new actor but you never know?

  • No. Just No.

  • I am not amused by this

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As you can see, sans the brash and moronic comments that I edited out, there does not seem to be any serious agreement with the casting call, but there’s one comment that reminded me of the day that Joss Whedon was announced as director of The Avengers.  And the nay-sayers came out of the woodwork.

We sort of know how that panned out.  And maybe, just maybe, there’s something there that WB saw.  I presume Affleck did a reading/audition for the role.

So we must trust in the system I guess.  Though this will be an uphill battle for WB to pull the fan base back on board with the film now that Affleck has been cast.

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Up until now, fans were racking their brains, wondering who could possibly play Batman, yet again.  So many folks have already played the character, but after Christopher Nolan’s grounded take on the Dark Knight with Christian Bale, who could carry this mantle properly?

Nolan left us with the premise of Joseph Gordon-Levitt being able to possibly take over for Bruce Wayne.  But that apparently didn’t happen.  Besides, WB was apparently looking for an older Batman for this battle between Supes and Bats.

Affleck has sixty films to his credit, per IMDb, and amongst them, a few action flicks here and there. And of note, was his role in the 2003 box office flop of Daredevil.

Actually, most of his “action” roles consist of smart characters skating through tense, threatening action.  Smart roles.  But I’m not feeling the Batman vide.

But possibly, more importantly what can director/writer Zack Snyder and David S. Goyer do with their part of the movie?  Can the script pull the necessary mojo out of Affleck?  Can Snyder manage the actor into a convincing role?  Does Affleck really have it for the role?

Warner Bros. is going for their older Batman and there, again, I don’t see Affleck as that kind of older.

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In the comic title this new sequel is based on, Batman is a very older man, but a wiser one who puts the kryptonite-powered ass whooping on Superman.

And if this film works, this film could be the stepping stone for WB and DC to lead into their Justice League ensemble movie franchise.

As it is, WB will be walking Justice League characters through the WB TV series, Arrow.

Speaking of Arrow, on top of that, they’ll be introducing The Flash in the series, and making a spin-off from that episode into his own show.  On top of that too, news on the street is that we’ll also be seeing some Batman foes gracing the small screen in Arrow.

So Warner Bros is starting to take their baby steps towards their Justice League movie.

They do have a huge hurdle here, because Marvel did a great job in how they introduced The Avengers, and WB/DC can’t dare mimic the process without getting called out by the fervent online fans.

Below is the press release from Warner Bros. on the casting news:

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“BEN AFFLECK REVEALED AS BATMAN
August 22, 2013 at 6:19pm

BEN AFFLECK REVEALED AS BATMAN IN WARNER BROS. PICTURES’ NEW SUPER HERO FEATURE FILM, NOW SLATED TO OPEN JULY 17, 2015

The Oscar®-winning star joins Henry Cavill in the first ever onscreen match-up of DC Comics’ most iconic characters.

BURBANK, CA, August 22, 2013 – Ending weeks of speculation, Ben Affleck has been set to star as Batman, a.k.a. Bruce Wayne.  Affleck and filmmaker Zack Snyder will create an entirely new incarnation of the character in Snyder’s as-yet-untitled project—bringing Batman and Superman together for the first time on the big screen and continuing the director’s vision of their universe, which he established in “Man of Steel.”  The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

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

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.

Affleck will star opposite Henry Cavill, who will reprise the role of Superman/Clark Kent.  The film will also reunite “Man of Steel” stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.

In the announcement, 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.”

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.”

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