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8 Reasons Ben Affleck Will Be Great As Batman

(1) It Will Be Better Than Man Of Steel

Man of Steel wasn’t that great. Superman is a boring hero. Once you’ve seen him get thrown through a building and emerge without a scratch, the movie kind of ends, like when Supes took a bullet to the eye in Returns and ruined the audience empathy. Likewise, the movie became dull and boring after Jonathan Kent got shuffled off. After all, he was the only one asking the real question, ‘Does Superman have the right to save any of us?’

Now you give me a sequel where Batman is asking that question – while throwing punches, naturally – and you have a hell of a premise for a superhero movie.
Top 5 Reasons Ben Affleck Will Be Great As Batman

Affleck is one of those Marmite actors – people either love him or hate him. It’s curious to note that those who don’t like him often go out of their way to criticise his perfomance. Personally, I like Ben Affleck. I’ve liked him since Mallrats and I’m going to keep on liking him. Evidently, Warner Bros and Zack Snyder like him too, otherwise they would never have offered him the cowl. But as a final point, I’d like to say how very clever a casting decision it was. Giving Batman to Affleck has guaranteed that everyone on earth is talking about it – and the movie’s still two whole years away. Apple sauce, bitch.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

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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


    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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