Affleck is officially Batman in the sequel to Man of Steel
It is now official, Ben Affleck was recently cast to play Bruce Wayne/ Batman in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel, a crossover featuring two of the most popular superhero franchises in modern history We were hesitant to to post this because it had a very odd feeling, we though it was just a rumor., nevertheless it is true and it seems this casting choice caught many off guard, possibly because Affleck has been devoting much more of his schedule to directing than acting in recent years, but Warner Brothers’ Greg Silverman believes they have found the right man for the job, as he was quoted on deadline.com as saying; “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…” A compliment of this magnitude represents a resounding vote of confidence from a studio experienced in working with this particular Hollywood veteran. Affleck’s fledgling directing efforts, The Town and Argo, were both released through Warner Brothers, and this preexisting relationship may well be the genesis of the casting decision.
In 2003 Ben Affleck played the lead role of Matt Murdock in the superhero movie Daredevil. The film was a modest commercial success but was not received well by fans, making Mr. Affleck’s first foray into the world of caped crusaders a less than stellar experience. He has referred to his time in the blind lawyer-slash-crime fighter’s costume as ‘humiliating,’ and at one point claimed he would never be in another superhero movie. In the decade or so since then however, he has built a critically acclaimed career behind the camera, married fellow thespian Jennifer Garner and started a family, so it is possible that some of his more recent hard-earned success has lent him the confidence to try acting in this particular genre again. Mr. Affleck’s acceptance of the role hints at his desire for a second chance with the comic book culture. The ten years between then and now may have also given Affleck room to grow into this particular role. The director of the Man of Steel sequel, Zack Snyder, is quoted on CBS’s website as saying of Affleck; “…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…” which reminds one of Batman’s melancholy nature. An older actor would be better suited to the character than someone younger, and in this way Ben Affleck may prove to be a good choice.
Before Ben Affleck there was a long line of Hollywood’s most famous and desirable men chosen to play the Bat. Adam West sparked the cultural love affair with the brooding character as portrayed in film in a movie adaptation in 1966. After him Michael Keaton was the next big name. Val Kilmer took the role for a short time, and so did George Clooney. Most recently, Christian Bale was responsible for characterizing the superhero for the Dark Knight trilogy. That series reportedly will provide some aesthetic inspiration for this newest superhero installment, set to be released in 2015. Both Adam West and Val Kilmer tweeted support for Affleck, Kilmer urging naysayers to “Give Ben a chance!” For all the media and public uproar, both positive and negative, over the decision to make Ben Affleck the newest Batman, the reality remains that the decision has been made. The longevity and depth of Affleck’s career seems to suggest that he is capable of handling the nuanced role, and will meet the expectations of the fans. Either way he has accepted the challenge of taking on the iconic character, and whether he will rise to the responsibility will be revealed when the movie is. Until then the smart move may be to abstain from judgment.
Since the days of Good Will Hunting, Affleck has consistently turned in solid performances. No career is without low points, but in the majority Affleck has proven himself to be one of this generation’s biggest names. There is no reason to think his time spent depicting multimillionaire Bruce Wayne (and Wayne’s alter ego) would be a less than inspiring effort. Affleck himself has remained quiet through the initial frenzy, a wise move, further indicative of the older, more intelligent version of the actor that we’re dealing with. But all of the hype, the criticisms as well as vouchers of continued faith are part of the fun, and with the release date two years off, at least the public has one more detail to hold onto through the wait.