Ben Affleck as Batman: Why the actor taking on the role could be a good thing(Read article summary)
Ben Affleck will play Batman in an upcoming movie that pits the Caped Crusader against Superman, according to Warner Bros. Here are a few reasons Ben Affleck could be a good fit for the role.
There has been a long and furious debate about the next stage in Batman movie development. There have been many fans holding holding out hope that the world of Chris Nolanâ€™sÂ Dark Knight TrilogyÂ would be incorporated into Warner Bros. and DC Comicsâ€™ larger shared movie universe â€“ including the return of Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman. But Nolan and Bale have made it increasingly clear that their time in the DC Universe is done, leaving the world in need of a new actor to step into the iconic cape and cowl.
Now the world has the actor who will be the next Batmanâ€¦ and itâ€™s Ben Affleck. Affleck will stand alongside (and presumably against)Â Man of SteelÂ star Henry Cavill in the Superman sequel film, which is tentatively being referred to asÂ Batman vs.Â Superman.
VarietyÂ confirms the announcement from Warner Bros. that Affleck â€“ who directed the studioâ€™s Oscar-winning film,Â Argo â€“ is indeed the new Dark Knight. In addition to that information, we now know when theÂ Superman-BatmanÂ movie will hit theaters: July 17, 2015, after Marvelâ€™sÂ The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
The collective sound you might be hearing right now is jaws dropping all over the Interwebs. While we here at Screen Rant have been hard at work coming up with casting choices for a new Batman, itâ€™s safe to say that nowhere in our discussions did the name â€śBen Affleckâ€ť come up. However, despite what is likely to be a tidal wave of knee-jerk reactions, Having Affleck step into the role isnâ€™t necessarily a bad thing, for the following reasons:
- Heâ€™s established a good relationship with WB, and was once rumored to be directing theÂ Justice LeagueÂ movie. With his involvement in the franchise now secured, that scenario could still be in the cards. Fans werenâ€™t upset at the notion of an Affleck-helmedÂ JLÂ movie, soâ€¦
- Ben Affleck has left his pretty-boy persona of the â€™90s/early 2000s WAY behind at this point. Heâ€™s demonstrated real skill both behind the camera and in front of it, playing brooding, troubled figures in bothÂ ArgoÂ andÂ The Town.
- Heâ€™s a good match for Cavill in terms of looks and charm and bulk.
- At 41, Affleck is a perfect fit for the slightly older, more experienced, mature (and strategic) Batman that has been rumored for the film.
Of course, these reasons alone are likely not enough to dissuade those who see this news and automatically go into meltdown mode, but hopefully some of our forthcoming features on the subject will help convince the holdouts. All things considered, itâ€™s probably safe to say that this isnâ€™t the end of the Worldâ€™s Finest.
Now all thatâ€™s left is to find a proper Lex Luthorâ€¦
Kofi Outlaw blogs at Screen Rant.