Ben Affleck is The New Batman

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Considering how good Daredevil was, and the fact that Daredevil was a pretty similar character to Batman, it'll be a good fit.

Oh, and Daredevil is one of the most underrated Superhero movies ever.

I'm not automatically dismissive. Ben Affleck has done some damn fine acting in his career but he's also had some big stinkers. He has the potential to do both an excellent job and piss poor one. I guess I'll wait and see.

http://www.nooooooooooooooo.com/

Feel free to mash the button to your heart's content. It made me feel a bit better.

Does anyone else notice this is continuing a remarkable trend in the same actors constantly switching sides between Marvel and DC? All we need is Jessica Alba as Wonder Woman and the circle is complete.

I'd say something about how it would be better to wait and see how this turns out rather than freak about how Ben Affleck is going to personally burn every Batman comic and movie that's ever existed, but haters gonna hate.

KeyMaster45:
Nathan Fillion should totally be the next Batman.

Actually, I think he would be better with Aquaman.

Phlakes:

I'd say something about how it would be better to wait and see how this turns out rather than freak about how Ben Affleck is going to personally burn every Batman comic and movie that's ever existed, but haters gonna hate.

Ha good to see I wasn't the only one who remembered this. I'm not going to pretend that I'm not surprised about this casting but I will reserve judgement.

StewShearer:
...the mental image of Ben Affleck growling "swear to me!" is making us laugh.

DAMMIT! Now, that's making me laugh... It's contagious, I tell ya!

OT: Um... I'm more concerned that it's still Snyder directing this new "Bat-leck" alongside the "Cavill of Steel"... Don't get me wrong, I still respect Zack and his directing... and how this is suppose to be a more mature/older Batman that's going to be in this sequel...

But, I'm having a hard time trying to wrap around how Zack is going to pull this all off... Because I can so imagine Ben being the Dark Knight (without trying to pull off an old-sounding Bale impression) and I still be like "That was a good batman"...

Eh... So, the plot thicken... Time to sit back and wait for more updates to pop up... again... (Also, could John Hamm be a better Dark Knight than Ben Affleck? Wait... why did I just think of that question just now?)

Some actors, good or bad, I have a hard time forgetting who they are while they're acting. Me, I see Ben Affleck in a movie and I can't even process his character's name - he's just Ben Affleck playing out actions and emotions. Ben Affleck in WW2. Ben Affleck in that comic book movie. Ben Affleck in that reverse engineering movie. To see him put on the Batman costume would be... I dunno, look, there's Ben Affleck wearing the Batman costume.

This stinks of 'They wanted him to direct Justice League or something and the only way he would say yes is if he could play Batman.' I mean...come on. Ben freaking Affleck? And, no, you can't use the Heath Ledger analogy for this. Ledger was a truly brilliant actor. But Affleck?! Great writer/director? Yes, agreed. But it's just not possible for him to go to the right place as an actor for Batman, especially a grounded, brooding Batman like their going for in the new DC Man of Steel Universe, and not make it look comical. I mean...shit. I was glad Bale was out but now I kind of want him back. This is just...My God. What the hell Warner Bros? After the 'Wtf' moments of Man of Steel did you want to try *really* hard to make people not interested in seeing the MoS sequel? Jesus, Disney/Marvel must be throwing a party right now. "Whelp. We dodged that bullet."

Anyone but me watching Ray Donovan?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Donovan_%28TV_series%29

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liev_Schreiber

I don't know much about Batman, but none of Hollywood's boys ever seem to fit the comic book images.

EDITED: It's like Batman for sophisticated people. Thank God for Showtime *breaks out evolutionary chart: Starz < HBO < Showtime (holding spear)*

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUYccLpneMg

Well as many are apparently very negative towards this choice.
I won't be, it might sound as a strange choice, yes, but I will want to watch the movie before I make my judgement on the case.
Then again if I am very negative, expecting nothing, I might be positively surprised...
Also I never thought I'd see N. Cage in a Batman outfit, yet he did it in kickass and it was good!

I like Ben Affleck, but I don't like the fact that Man of Steel sequel will have Batman in it. I do not plan on ever seeing that movie. It reeks of disappointment before it was even made.

roguewriter:
This stinks of 'They wanted him to direct Justice League or something and the only way he would say yes is if he could play Batman.' I mean...come on. Ben freaking Affleck? And, no, you can't use the Heath Ledger analogy for this. Ledger was a truly brilliant actor. But Affleck?! Great writer/director? Yes, agreed. But it's just not possible for him to go to the right place as an actor for Batman, especially a grounded, brooding Batman like their going for in the new DC Man of Steel Universe, and not make it look comical. I mean...shit. I was glad Bale was out but now I kind of want him back. This is just...My God. What the hell Warner Bros? After the 'Wtf' moments of Man of Steel did you want to try *really* hard to make people not interested in seeing the MoS sequel? Jesus, Disney/Marvel must be throwing a party right now. "Whelp. We dodged that bullet."

Actually i've heard it's the other way around, Affleck plays Batman and they'll let him direct the Justice League.

if he can pull this off he should get the Oscar

there is so many wrong things about this superman vs barman shit its even hard to list. (MOS sucked and its only 1 movie, it feels rushed, after making Christian Bale batman they changing actors [Ben Affleck ffs])

i know its crazy (on so many levels) but since its somehow repleted to dark knight returns i thought we will get old batman (and Christian Bale would fit technically) but if not bale i was hoping for... michael keaton
i know, i know...

Abomination:

orangeapples:
There could be a worse pick. Michael Cera comes to mind. Not sure why I went straight to him, but it did...

Because Michael Cera is perhaps the worst actor you could possibly have playing Batman?

So bad that any woman could play BatMAN better than Michael Cera.

I don't like Michael Cera... he has the most punchable face.

What about Shia Lebeouf? He's another good contender.

I only liked Ben Affleck as the paddle bully from Dazed and Confused. It's the only role where his Ben Affleckiness worked in his favor.

A Ben Affleck Batman... I would almost be tempted to pay to go see that trainwreck. Ol' Ben spends all this time making people forget about his mediocre acting with pretty decent filmmaking, and then he goes and pulls this.

Ben Affleck is a (sometimes) good actor, but totally wrong for the role. Give us some Jon Hamm.

P.S. Thanks

It's not an all out bad choice, there's possibility for it to work, it's just terribly uninspired. Then again, that's kind of been a recurring theme with this whole affair.

What's really disappointing is that Ben Affleck will have to take a break from directing :-/

iniudan:

KeyMaster45:
Nathan Fillion should totally be the next Batman.

Actually, I think he would be better with Aquaman.

I must disagree when I think green lantern I think Nathan fillon I mean the dude is pure hal jordan they really miss cast ryan reynolds becuase he would be an awesome flash

So people are seriously bitching that Oscar winner Ben Aflick is going to be batman. I love unqualified nerd rage. He will be a perfect Bruce Wayne. As for batman, that's always the fault of the director. Directors have never got a good handle on the look of batman. Classic example is the voice. I can never understand why they always ask the actor to put on the voice. Surely it makes more sense that Bruce Wayne would use a throat mic to hide his voice and make it more "scary" and it would save us from the likes of chris bales chain smoker growl.

Apparently nobody here saw Argo? That was pretty recent and critics went nuts for it. Say what you will about him matching the role, but he can act.

They should get him to write and direct also, then it might actually be good^^. As a guy who thought Christian Bale was terrible ( and has been since his brilliant performance in American Psycho) i don't really mind Afleck, atleast he's a brilliant actor these days (not so much back with Daredevil).

Johnny Novgorod:
Some actors, good or bad, I have a hard time forgetting who they are while they're acting. Me, I see Ben Affleck in a movie and I can't even process his character's name - he's just Ben Affleck playing out actions and emotions. Ben Affleck in WW2. Ben Affleck in that comic book movie. Ben Affleck in that reverse engineering movie. To see him put on the Batman costume would be... I dunno, look, there's Ben Affleck wearing the Batman costume.

Basically this (though in all fairness I haven't seen any of his latest work. The equivalent would be scratching your head over a Keanu Reeves casting with only Bill and Ted to go on).

That said, I say give the man a go. As others have said I doubt he'll have any problems as public-eye Bruce Wayne (he's got the smirk), and I'm curious to see if he can play private Bruce Wayne without coming across as the pretentious whiner he did circa his Kevin Smith movies. To be perfectly honest I don't think any actor to date has been a competent Batman, though Bale has probably come the closest (but that was largely thanks to the script).

In fact, the more I think about it the more I think Affleck is a good cast for the "rich douche that jeopardises his dynasty and its shareholders by putting all his energy into dressing up and being a thug because he's too immature to deal with his grief like an adult" angle of Batman. I can see the plot now: Batman is being an angsty douche, Superman steals the spotlight from him by being a more public-friendly hero, Bats gets jealous and tries to peg Supes as the bad guy so he can justify beating him up, Supes flexes his uber-morality and makes Bats see his "justice" is all about serving his own interests, Bats hangs up the cape and cowl and turns his energy towards running Wayne Enterprises, but during Wayne's absense the company had done some shonkey real estate deals with Lex Luthor, Supes tries to play the hero only to get himself in a pickle, Bats suits up one last time to kick Luthor in the nuts, Supes and Bats make out, Supes flies away to fight more crime while Bats returns to directing his empire. Oh, and there's dinosaurs somewhere.

Also, am I the only one that's ok with the Bat Voice? I mean, the last thing he wants is for someone to say "Hey, you kinda sound like that Wayne guy that's always on the tv..."

The horror, the horror! I'm in shock reading this, I mean I hope he does a good job, I just don't see how it's going to work. He was good in "The Town" but aside from that I just don't see how this is going to work out...

Affleck as the Caped Crusader? What a great idea?

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Not that I really care about Batman much anymore now that the Nolan trilogy is over. The character's been milked to death.

Aflek is close personal friends with Kevin Smith who has written for Batman comics, and even wrote the screenplay [the least shittiest]for the never made Superman Lives movie. So hes got that heavily in his favor.

I'm.. going to reserve all judgement on this until more concrete info is known. It might work, who knows.

CommanderL:

iniudan:

KeyMaster45:
Nathan Fillion should totally be the next Batman.

Actually, I think he would be better with Aquaman.

I must disagree when I think green lantern I think Nathan fillon I mean the dude is pure hal jordan they really miss cast ryan reynolds becuase he would be an awesome flash

I said that waaay before Green Lantern come out, I think a lot of people thought that would be the direction that Warner Bros. would go as they moved towards a Justice League film. Fillion has at least played Hal in the animated films.

OT I was surprised by the casting, but Ben Affleck is a decent actor and he should be able to do this. Dare Devil wasn't as bad as people like to make out.

Can't say anything until I've seen the movie.
Which I won't.

Matt Damon for Robin, then?

schrodinger:
Welp, that's unexpected.

I guess he can play as Bruce Wayne, but as Batman?

Eh....

edit: P.S. if they tell Batman's origin AGAIN, i will go to hollywood and smack the shit out of zack snyder, the writers, the producers, etc.

Then you are going to doing some smacking because I'd almost bet there will be an origin story in there as part of the Batman story. They just can't stop killing Bruce Wayne's poor mother and father on screen... its happened what fifty times now?

And let's not forget....

Because he was!

Seriously, Phantoms was a sadly overlooked decent horror/action film, and probably the reason someone thought Affleck could play a superhero.

Ldude893:
Hmmm.

I think I'm going to wait for an actual trailer to come out first. For all we know, he might do a good job as Batman.

I'm giving him that grace as well, at least let him have the chance. He'll still be better then Clooney.

Welp, they finally get an actual actor to play Batman and of course the masses are upset. Because, you know, Bale was so good. Especially in the voice department. And in being the most wooden and boring motherfucker in his own movies.

Robot Number V:
Then my second thought was "You know what? As long as he doesn't do the stupid Bale-voice, I'll give him a shot".

As long as he does a voice. That's not his smug normal voice. He's need to acts as Batman, not be Ben Affleck in a batsuit.

My wife still thinks Val Kilmer was best. Because to her, Batman is all about the jaw.

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