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Top 5 Reasons Ben Affleck Will Be Great As Batman
Now that the sanity of planet earth is returning (sort of), we can all start to look forward to seeing the inevitable clash of the two biggest names in comic book history in the Man of Steel sequel. Personally, I’m looking forward to seeing Ben Affleck’s take on the Caped Crusader. As a matter of fact, I’ve been Pro-Affleck since it was announced. My first thought on hearing the news was, ‘Wow, if they’re serious about doing Justice League, are they going to recast Green Lantern?’ So, yeah. Come at me brah.

(8) He’s Given Good Performances

Genuinely. Don’t stand there and tut and say ‘But Daredevil was a bad film! He was awful in it!’ because that’s completely wrong. Affleck was great as Matt Murdoch. The film itself wasn’t the best it could have been, suffering from the usual problems of an origin movie (here’s a hundred characters who aren’t yet relevant!). Regardless, his early roles with long-time friend Kevin Smith were all excellent – check out Mallrats to see Affleck play a douchebag villain and Chasing Amy to witness a man convincingly fall in love with a lesbian – and as he’s gotten older, Affleck has only improved with age. If you don’t believe that, check out The Town. He’s phenomenal in it, playing a bank robber who wants out but can’t live any other way. Jeremy Renner might have scooped up some major nominations for his performance, but would he have been half as engaging without Affleck playing against him? Sure, maybe some of his films aren’t the best, but for every Gigli, he turns in a great performance.

Top 5 Reasons Ben Affleck Will Be Great As Batman

(7) He’s Got Something To Prove

Affleck’s is a laid-back, intelligent man. Check out his appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He knows what people say about him. He’s okay with that and it’s only going to make him want to prove everyone wrong. Go one further and watch this clip to see how easily he can poke fun at himself and has things in perspective. The guy’s hilarious.

(6) He Has The Physicality

The role of Batman itself is almost purely a physical one, something that Affleck has. He’s got the size, he’s got the bulk. He’s got the chin – In fact, he’s probably the first actor who’s had the chin for it. The real challenge will be the Bruce Wayne side – and that’s something we probably won’t get to see for another couple of films, at least.

(5) Trusted Industry Pros Know He’ll Be Strong In The Role

I’m not the only one who thinks he’ll be good. Michael Keaton is backing him (‘He’s going to be great’), along with Val Kilmer and Adam West. Even Our Lord and Savior Joss Whedon predicts great things. If that’s not enough, Matt Damon has also tossed his tuppence into the ring, saying:

“I think it will be great. It will be terrific. I know there are a lot of people grousing on the internet. I just think it’s kind of funny. You know, he’s not playing King Lear. It’s Batman! Certainly within his skill set. If anybody saw Argo or The Town and all the work he’s been doing lately, it’s way more nuanced and interesting and way more difficult than Batman! Batman just sits there with his cowl over his head and whispers in a kinda gruff voice at people. Bruce Wayne is the more challenging part of the role and Ben will be great at that.”

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  • Sheridan Passell said
    Sheridan Passell

    Can anyone confirm or deny if he’s good as the rich, dark millionaire in Runner Runner? Reviews for that would suggest he’s still weak in other people’s movies.

    Although I admit, I actually quite liked him as Daredevil when it came out.

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  • Alice Johnson said

    I have been a Ben Affleck fan for a long time BUT I am getting weary of actors not being able to be faithful husbands and committed fathers. I was so excited for him this past year but am losing a lot of that feeling now!!

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  • dnwilliams said

    Okay, so, I don’t fully agree with all of Mason’s points – definitely not the Superman-is-boring nonsense, I REALLY want to distance myself from that – and I think Man of Steel is a bad movie for very different reasons, but I do think Affleck is a defensible choice for a few of the reasons he mentioned.

    The one thing that I don’t think many people are taking into account is that Ben Affleck isn’t playing Batman. Or, at least, not the Batman movie-going audiences know and love. Not any kind of Batman that has ever been played in a live action movie before, which presents him with a unique opportunity to ingratiate himself. He’s playing a Batman that can go toe-to-toe with Superman. Nerds have an affectionate term for a Batman this implausibly badass, a Batman who can defeat any opponent with enough time to prepare – it’s BATGOD. No, I am not making this up. This version of the character is by default going to be A LOT of people’s favourite incarnation. Even if for some crazy reason they’re upset about Ben Affleck playing a handsome rich white guy, he’ll be doing stuff in the batsuit that people will go guano for, and all will be forgiven.

    I much prefer a grounded, naturalistic Batman, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that this is a version of the character a lot of people want to see and many haven’t even been exposed to. I expect it’ll be very warmly embraced. It’s the ultimate underdog scenario. But then hey, if you asked me before Man of Steel if people would be cool with a murdering, thieving, self-involved human wrecking ball of a Superman without a secret identity, I’d have said no; and people did seem to get hung up on Bruce making his way back to Gotham in The Dark Knight Rises. Maybe I’m just not good at predicting people.

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  • dnwilliams said

    Also, what is Matt Damon going to say when Ben Affleck is cast as King Lear?

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  • dcarter said

    Ben Affleck as Batman? I’m neither for or against this. I can’t really imagine him as a suave rich playboy, he seems kind of goofy to me in that aspect. However as he’s gotten older he definitely has that Batman look. He’ll be fine. And people keep forgetting, the man’s an actor. It’s what he makes his living on. He’s not actually becoming Batman. You’re not going to turn on your local news and see Ben Affleck dressed as the caped crusader jumping from rooftops. Let’s all calm down and let him make his 20 million dollars.

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  • HoboWithAShotgun said

    I’ve always disliked Ben Affleck up until I saw Argo but strangely I don’t detest his casting as Batman. If this is truely a different incarnation of Batman for the silver screen, a gritty, old, battle-worn Batman, then I think he could pull it off.

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  • G said

    I think you are giving Ben Affleck too much credit as an actor. He’s average at best. The reason he seems to shine is because he is such a talented director, that manages to get the best possible performance out of himself and the cast around him, that it covers up for his mediocre talent as an actor.

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  • Calico Jack said

    First off no he will not play a good batman. He is okay in mild comedy but as we found out from Daredevil he is totally unbelievable in the role. An Award-Winning Director; no one saying he isn’t talented but unfortunately he isn’t a great character actor and is totally unbelievable as one of the most famous comic book icon of all time. His Take On The Character Will Be Great: unfortunately he said the same about Daredevil which left the audience using swear words in his pathetic portrayal even with Kevin Smith’s help. It Will Be Better Than Man Of Steel: Only because of Henry Cavile, like the Fantastic Four we saw the slaughter of what should have been a block buster movie but instead it fell short partly because of the casting. Their are absolutely a hundred actors that could do better justice to this part than Ben Affleck however his pride will never allow him to turn down the part. The movie will be seen and Henry Cavile will do a great performance which will carry the movie and everyone who enjoys batman will be sickened by Affleck portrayal. Warner Bros. did listen to fans when jack Black/Green Lantern movie was announced so I hope they do so now. I encourage everyone to call or write and show your displeasure of this ridiculous casting.

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  • N.S said

    With the outright poor acting [no screen presence] & weak script of ‘man of steel’. Superman Return was far better. Ben Affleck might give the cast an acting lesson or two. Let’s hope it isn’t Superman vs. Batman [as the possible title.} The first ever 5 second movie. How about stealing Robert Downey Jr., he might be available for the part.

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  • VSB said

    Here’s the thing I’ve been against Ben Affleck since the casting and I believe that there are better and more suited batman’s out their, I.e., josh brolin, Luke Evans or anyone else of that matter. My biggest issue is that if Warner brothers superman/batman film flops, taking into account that this is the first, non animated batman and superman movie or movies ever, the future of the justice league and other dc comics movies maybe be jeopardy. Now I understand that the b/s movie could flop irrespective of who plays batman but the fact the Ben Affleck’s name alone has provided this much controversy indicates that the movie of the century that is being made as we live and breathe, is already at a very high risk. Take a look at fan boys and fans altogether and pay attention to the fact that the very first non-animated justice league movie will be based upon this very movie, and that if the movie is great but batman isn’t, then what? Recast, reboot or reschedule? Or perhaps even worst, continue.

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  • Calico Jack said

    Ben give the cast a acting lesson? I won’t even answer that, just put in a copy of his Daredevil movie nuff said.

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  • ASW said

    ARRRRRRRRRRR RRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGG GGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHH HHHHHHHHHHH!

    Also I’m uncertain as to whether the dichotomy between Bale and Affleck portrayals will adversely affect the overall film. I found the quality of the production of Man of Steel good – yet the end product was a dimwitted film with ceaselessly retarded decisions. Avatar Planet: Krypton for stupid people. Morally Retard Johnathan Kent. Tornado Bitchface. Lois: The Fugly Bulldog of News. Fatbastard Perry: Best Actor Hiding In the Corner. Shouty Moron: The Zod Story. Clark Kent: My Abs Are My Personality. Air America: USAF beats everything (Why are they in this film again?)! Dragon Ball Z fight! Save Metropolis, oh wait i’ve f*cked it. Arrrghh: SNAP!

    Christopher Nolan produced this movie…………………………

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