Good Morning Batboys and Batgirls!!
Ben Affleck has been cast as the new Batman in Zack Snyder’s (already dubbed by the internet) “Batman VS Superman” and the fanboys (and girls) couldn’t be more pissed off.
I’m here to settle everyone down (or piss everyone off even more) and tell you why I believe that this casting news may actually be the right move.
First, let’s get this out of the way, I have not seen “Man of “Steel” yet but have always been a pretty big fan of Zack Snyder. Yes, Snyder can get a little carried away with his “style” and sometimes sacrifices plot for crazy colors and scenes (I’m looking at you Sucker Punch) but overall he seems to be a nerd/fanboy like the rest of us and really puts his heart into his films. Superman and Batman fans should be excited about this and accept that although this will be nothing like Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, at least we are sticking with someone who understands superheros.
Now onto the reason you clicked the title link, Ben Affleck as Batman. Sure Affleck has made some terrible terrible decisions (Daredevil, Jersey Girl, and lets add one more terrible for Gigli) but those were all in 2003 and its 2013 and since then he has rocked the house acting in Argo, The Town, Clerks, and Dogma to name a few. His roles in those should wipe the slate clean and take away that terrible taste in our mouths from his acting decisions in 2003 (Hey everyone has a bad year right?).
Also I feel like Affleck is going to make Batman more relate-able to us fans. Yes Batman is an eccentric billionaire but when you strip away the cowl he is really just a man with gadgets (this fact is what made Keaton such a great Batman). There is no doubt Christian Bale was awesome as Batman and had a great origin story, but I always felt like he was a embellished version of Batman, yes he was human and could be hurt, but he was also a little too focused on being eccentric and getting the girl. What I liked about Keaton (and hopefully Affleck) is they brought Batman back to reality. Sure they don’t look like you and I but at least they are closer then buffed out Bale. With Affleck and Keaton, you really believe they are just regular guys with a lot of money and time, and want revenge, not glory.
Snyder has already stated that in his version, Batman will be much older (roughly 11 years) then superman. I think casting Affleck and letting him play it as “Joe regular” will be a great contract to the young and invincible superman. And if not, well hey we can always join forces and make fun of Kilmer, Clooney, bat nipples.
Enjoy the weekend and let the responses fly!!!