Friday, August 23, 2013

CAPE AND COWL HUNTING: Ben Affleck Cast As The Next Batman

They thought he might be the director of the new Justice League movie, but few thought it would be by playing the man that directs DC's premier super-team in battle. Yet today, Warner Bros announced actor Ben Affleck will take on the role of Bruce Wayne in the upcoming as yet untitled Superman/Batman film, set for a July 17, 2015 release.

A quote from director Zack Snyder in the official press release reads "a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter" in reference to the 'new' Batman's role in the film. Not only does that mean we won't probably see the re-re-re-re-re-telling of Batman's origin, with that age dynamic at the heart of Snyder and David S Goyer's script, I think I see why Affleck fits.

To the public, he's the 'playboy millionaire' off screen, while tragically his love life and much of his acting post Good Will Hunting undergo an enormous trial by fire. Much of it unjustly, especially in regards to his private life, yet he endures and remains in check. Ben's never quit, persisted, and where once stood a comic-creator in Chasing Amy or Matt Murdock in Daredevil, there now stands a honed and refined man. One who starred in, directed and produced Argo, and starred in and directed The Town, which was one of the best movies of 2010 by a country mile.

He made himself better by force of will and application. If Affleck can tap into that premise and bring it to the screen, I have no doubt Ben can be Batman, because he already has been.

 What do you think? 


  1. Nope. Sorry Dan, but I strongly, STRONGLY disagree with Affleck as Batman. So much so, that I even signed an online petition. Yeah I know, fat chance and all, but fuck it, it's my voice on this one.

    Look, I liked in Daredevil. I think he did a really good job despite the fact that they cast Elektra wrong and the movie bombed at the box office.

    But leave Batman alone.
    I wish Bale had come back, regardless of how much they'd have to spin his return.

    You really want the actor from Gigli and Jersey Girl as Batman?!!!!!
    HELL TO THE NO!!!!

  2. Must agree with my short friend Dale - Ben Affleck is the wrong choice for such a moody figure as Batman.
    I agree that his acting has improved vastly in the last few years - his Mallrats roles still leaves me hovering behind the sofa - but Affleck's talents lie more in directing these days than acting. He just isn't that good enough Im afraid.
    I don't think that much of Christian Bale[out] either tbh, he has a nasty temper, but at least he made the modern-day Bats character his own. They should've tried to keep him on for this upcoming movie. Now, instead of looking forward with bated breath for the Superman/Batman confrontation, we shall be dreading watching Affleck's acting.

  3. Thanks as always for the comments guys! I thought I might be one hand clapping on this, but clapping I still am. Bale though brilliant has done his time in the cowl, and it is time for someone else. While anyone outside Kevin Conroy was always going vto be a shock to me, Ben is a different actor than he's been before, and atleast until the first trailer is out I'm on his side.

    If there's an online petition floating round it looks like the issue will be getting it's share of press, but nothing makes people rise to the occassion more than people saying 'you can't do it'. I'm curious to see what happens.

  4. Look, I'm fine with someone other than Bale playing Batman. I'd prefer it if he did, but I can deal. I just can't understand this casting call, though. I'm not all "Oh no! Affleck can't act!" I think he can, sometimes. But not here. Not as the Batman. Too much of Affleck's acting is him acting as himself. Which is fine. In certain parts. Small ones. Even small ones in big movies. But to cast him in something this big? It just has me sucking in my breath and going "Whoa. Now I don't know about that." Although I'm certain the guys over at Marvel are all high fiving each other.

  5. Thanks Random! Atleast it's getting people talking I guess. Here it even made the nation's main current affairs show (all three hosts disagreed too). I didn't really feel anyshock, Ben was rumoured to be in talks with the WB for a while now, just no one thought it would be this.

    I would say who my pick would be for Batman, but he's not even American!

  6. Now you've got my curiosity piqued, Dan-o.

  7. Well, when I think Batman, I agree most with a quote by Alex Ross, saying Bats is a guy with a rope, a Batarang or two and a car. To many gadgets and it dissolves the 'I could be Batman' ideal the viewer has, so you need a guy who can kick butt in ways that'd make Luke Cage wince, and beintimidating on camera yet not out of place in a suit, and to me that's Jason Statham.

    Admittedly I'm a huge fan so a little bias, but not only would the fight scenes be incredible, he'd be a Bats you wouldn't want to mess with, without a put-on voice. 

    If I put some time into reasearching I might find another better, but it would be hard. For an American (if that's really a major criteria) Viggo Mortensen is the first to mind. His mysterious disappearing act in the bar in the first Lord of the Rings movie, has Batman written all over it.

  8. I actually like that idea, Dan. Statham is definitely the athletic ideal. I have no trouble seeing him as Batman. I'm not sure I could see him as Bruce, but I don't think that's what they'd need for this movie. And I've been proven wrong before on that front anyway.
    A much better choice than Affleck, Statham wouldn't just be a man with toys or psychological issues. He'd be a powerhouse equal to Superman. But on a human level. That would get me excited.

  9. I thought Jason miggt have difficulty with Bruce too Random, but I think he might just pull a Heath Ledger and surprise me. I still rememver not thing Heath would make a good Joker, now it's hard to think of anyone but :-)

  10. Same page, separated by a bunch of water, mate. :)

  11. Bryan Cranston [Breaking Bad] has just signed to play Lex Luthor, so that at least is some consolation.

  12. That is pretty great casting Karl!