Ben Affleck Is The Next Batman

Todd Brown, Founder and Editor
Look how burly Ben Affleck looks holding that Oscar. So manly. Now imagine him in tights and replace the golden guy with a Batarang. Because that's what's happening. Variety has broken word that after mucking about for the last few years making serious movies that people actually like and respect, Affleck is returning to the superhero world to take up the cowl as Bruce Wayne and Batman in the upcoming Superman / Batman crossover film. Yep, it's happening and it seems like a smart bit of casting, though so did Daredevil. What say you?
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  • moneenerd

    I
    seriously doubt the most absurd thing about a film that pits a
    ninja-trained detective against a nigh-omnipotent alien is going to be
    the casting...

  • Craig Forshaw

    Jason Mewes for Alfred! "That Joker is clownshoes, Master Bruce, snoogans!"

  • thom

    Wow, what an absolute nightmare. The only thing worse would have been if Will Smith had bought the rights and installed Jaden as the new Batman.

  • Snoop Lion

    And Bryan Cranston as Robin.

  • Simon's on FIRE!

  • Rhythm-X

    What's a little frustrating here is that I always thought Affleck would make a very good Superman. As Batman - I dunno...

  • Monsiuer Hulot

    Totally.......Superman he could do. I don't know that I'd be jumping up and down about him as Superman, but............it would make more sense.

  • Craig Forshaw

    If his name isn't Jon Hamm, he shouldn't be playing Superman. But for playing Batman? Affleck is the man.

  • Art Vandelay

    This backlash reminds me of when Michael Keaton was chosen as Batman and Heath Ledger was chosen as the Joker. Now I'll admit I was shocked that Ben was chosen as Batman and I almost thought he was chosen as the director of the new film, but I'll give him a chance. Because he's FUCKING Ben Affleck. How you like them apples?!

  • Craig Forshaw

    I never liked Keaton. Especially as, for me, as a kid, the choice was either the Burton film (which I never liked), or the Paul Dini-Bruce Timm-Kevin Conroy 'Batman: TAS', which was amazing.

    And Heath Ledger gets too much credit: he was very, very good. But Aaron Eckhart and, particularly, Gary Oldman were about a thousand times better. Oldman was the best thing about all those films. I often wondered why they didn't just make them about him, rather than that guy in the fetish outfit who enjoys beating up foreigners, immigrants and mental patients.

  • Monsiuer Hulot

    It's whatever. I guess sometimes Bruce Wayne can be a bit of a smarmy a-hole......maybe. I don't have anything against Ben Affleck's work........not usually my cup of tea or generally even want that on my radar, but......whatever........I'm open to change. And no matter how meh Ben's performance may or may not be, I think there's too much riding on this film, for the studio to let him alone sink the boat.

    It would have been really nice to have an older, much thicker, burly Batman. With very long horns. A really thick Batman would be nice.........like an Ogami Itto type of Batman. Some old, weathered "dude", who may look deceivingly a bit out of shape, but can take a beating like it ain't no thang.........like a 70's character actor Batman....who's ugly, unshaven, and wouldn't hesitate to maim a few MFers. Bruce Wayne doesn't need to be pretty to get the ladies........he's got that Batman money.

  • Mr. Cavin

    I'm with you. A hungover Ciarán Hinds would make a superb Batman. Or even Spenser for Hire.

  • Monsiuer Hulot

    They had better be putting serious thought into how they are going to contrast Batman against Superman's typical boyscout persona. Ben seems like a bit of a boyscout already. They need sewer-stench Batman, who has squandered away all of the Wayne fortune, eats Ramen everday, never clips his toenails, keeps bats, who shit everywhere, in his rundown apartment.........and has become a bit of a criminal serial-killer, with a bat-esque MO......say, like sewing up a bunch of bats inside his victims. And....and....has developed a severe tick/facial spasm....due to having the crap beat out of him so many times in his career.

    Yeah......I'd watch that. Affleck can pull that off, right?

  • RawBeard

    I reckon Affleck has that smug charm to pull of Bruce Wayne really well. I think this a good choice... personally not one I had previously thought off but I think it will be good

  • Mehaillien Thundercross

    I'll buy it. Affleck was pretty heavy into the booze and limelight when DareDevil came about, now that he's a focused thespian I think he can do the role 'justice'.

  • That One Guy

    And here I thought Batman (the character itself) appearing in the Man of Steel "sequel" is hard enough to imagine.

  • Tender Branson

    I've been slowly warming up to Affleck. While I still haven't seen one of his films, between this & Gone Girl I may actually end up watching a BA movie. He was once in a movie with Uma Thurman that was directed by John Woo & based on Phillip K. Dick- all super favorites of mine- but because he was the star I had to skip it.

  • marshy00

    You mean Paycheck? Terrible film.

  • Snoop Lion

    But that's the name of this movie too! Boom!

  • Tender Branson

    Thanks. The title escaped me.

  • Everything about that film should escape you. HORRIBLE.

  • Heijoshin

    I can't really say I'm happy about this. I sincerely hope this wasn't supposed to be DC's answer to Robert Downey Jr. There has to have been more thought behind this choice than that. I'm just struggling to find what that line of thought might have been.

    I don't see them gaining any addition audience with this casting. If anything else if might turn a few people away. Are they out of touch with their audience or do they really have that much faith in Affleck for this role. I wonder what Kevin Smith has to say about this. Overall this is kind of a head scratcher for me.

  • marshy00

    Which actor would have brought additional audiences to a Batman vs Superman film?

  • Craig Forshaw

    Robert Pattinson. Brad Pitt. Tyler Perry.

  • Heijoshin

    I didn't say that I had the solution. I was simply saying that if they think that Affleck will that they would likely be mistaken.

  • marshy00

    Oh I know. But I don't think broadening the audience was really their motivation for this casting. I honestly think they're aiming for a credible thesp. Whether they achieved that or not is obviously up for debate.

  • Heijoshin

    I won't argue that statement as it points back to my original comment about this being DC's answer to the casting of Iron Man. We are in agreement of Affleck's legitimacy here. As an actor.

    Furthermore I will remain open minded and reserve judgement of his performance in the role until I have actually seen his performance. It's just that looking at it from a preproduction standpoint I can not agree with Affleck being the best choice.

    That being said however, since the role has been cast I do truly hope that he does a fantastic job. Batman is my favorite Comic Book character so I'm always in favor of someone doing a good job in the role. To wish that Affleck would fall on his face here, for me, would be petty.

    So, here's hoping for a pleasant surprise. I just can't help but be a little worried.

  • Heijoshin

    I'd like to add one more thing onto this. I've been thinking about this casting on and off for a couple days now. My main concerns and points that I was making in my previous posts on this article were from a prepoduction standpoint and I am still standing behind those as it pertains to marketing etc.

    However I have been thinking of the way that the filming and final product will go. I have to say that after giving a lot of thought to it I am now a lot less worried than I was when I made my last post.

    I'm not on an Affleck bandwagon (if that even exists) but I am seeing how it could work and work well. All the more reason why I am not a Hollywood producer of casting agent. I really would have never considered him for this role. The more I think about it though the more I am leaning towards this being a smart choice. Either way, now I am just looking forward to seeing the movie and hoping that I will be pleased.

  • Michael

    Words fail me. A baffling choice. He's already played a superhero and did not demonstrate the gravitas necessary for this character. What a wasted opportunity.

  • Martin Wagner

    Not being a superhero fanboi, I couldn't care less who's playing Batman or Superthis or Wonderthat or whatever corporate franchise trademark is hot this week. But I am disappointed in Affleck, because it really looked like he was serious abut rehabilitating his reputation from its embarrassing early years and committed to mature cinema, all of which culminated in Argo. But sure enough, the lure of studio tentpole money is drawing him back in to the same Daredevil morass I'd hoped he'd outgrown. Too bad.

  • Mad_Dog_Yayan

    Uh huh? So starring in a massive, successful franchise is failing his reputation? If anything it's a sign that he's pretty much back in the A-lIst. Studio tentpole, mature cinema, blah blah blah....

    Just another guy who think indie and "art" cinema are integrity and think himself as extremly "mature". Please don't bullshit yourself, movie is a business and people want to get paid lots for them. Superhero genre make huge profits and nobody is complaining about that. Hell, I prefer watching Avengers for entertainment rather than watching some artsy movie where people talk about existentialism for two boring hours.
    Sorry if people who like superheroes are not mature enough for you. The people who get rich by making superhero movies are probably laughing at you while rolling in money, though

  • marshy00

    This is a great move for his career. What A list star wouldn't want to land such an iconic role in a monster franchise like this. He'll likely go on to direct the Justice League movie if this goes well. This PROVES he has rehabilitated his career commercially as well as artistically.

  • Mar Bri

    "it seems like a smart bit of casting"

    I registered with Disqus just to ask...seriously?

  • If you're the studio and you have the chance to cast an Oscar winner riding a wave of commercial and critical successes who you've also been courting to direct the upcoming Justice League movie, yeah. I'd take that shot every time.

  • Hiroaki Johnson

    When I heard the news last night my first response was "Ben probably wants to direct something expensive without a big obvious ROI."

    That cynicism aside, I think he'd actually do more than fine as Bruce Wayne.

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