Ben Affleck is Batman? Noooo! How could this happen? How could the world be so unfair? First Bradley Manning says he wants to be a woman, and now Affleck wants to be Batman! Thanks Obama!
First thing is first, no one has seen the movie that hasn’t been made yet. There is no way you can predict how he will be as either Bruce Wayne, or Batman. Yes, we all remember 2003’s Daredevil, but you can’t argue that he was the sole thing wrong with that film. It’s not as if the movie was a brilliant transition from page to screen, and it was Affleck’s performance that was the one catalyst that brought down this masterpiece into misery.
Yes, Affleck did a lot of movies for money. Yes, a lot of them were really, really bad. But, so were the films of a certain actor that played opposite the caped-crusader in 2007’s The Dark Knight.
Many people are already bringing up that the world freaked out when Heath Ledger was announced as the Joker. It seemed like such an odd and unthinkable path to take for a role that was made famous by the legendary Jack Nicholson. There isn’t a person, now, who can say that Ledger’s performance wasn’t extremely memorable.
Need another example? How about when Daniel Craig was announced as James Bond before Casino Royale came out?
Now imagine him with a Bawtsahn accent instead.
Regardless, Affleck has also had an extremely impressive rebuilding of his career; showcasing his talents as a director, in addition to some strong performances in The Town, as well as Argo. Had he not had the reputation for making bad films during the Bennifer Affpez (that was it, right?) then he would be remembered for Good Will Hunting, and his roles in the Kevin Smith films.
Here’s why I think he might be a good Batman.
Affleck is probably still painfully aware of how things went wrong with the previous movies he did. He is a talented writer and director, and will probably have a fair say in the development and portrayal of the character while working with Snyder. There also isn’t an actor out there who knows what it’s like to be under the public spotlight more than he is. He knows how important public opinion is to a career and reputation, and he has taken some major steps to regain his credibility. He could have easily walked away wit his millions and done the has-been path. Instead, he chose to fight a long, uphill battle to be taken seriously again. This deserves some respect, not just for him, but for the gravity of the role he’s agreeing to take.
Affleck definitely has the looks to pull off a Batman/Bruce Wayne character. My only concern would be the voice. Nolan’s version, although well thought out and visually appealing, lacked in a few key areas. One of which was Batman’s ridiculous growl. As much of a die-hard batfan as I am, I had a really hard time getting over that.
There are even people who are talking about how they should have brought Bale back, and they wish that Nolan was still directing the next one. Or that Joseph Gordon-Levitt should be brought in to continue the world. My response to that would be, “Are you kidding me?!”
“But girls like me.”
Don’t get me wrong, Nolan’s Batman films were good, but they had a LOT of problems if you were to go back and look at them. There are plot holes riddling (pun) every single installment of the trilogy. Most people never took the time to go back and watch them objectively; instead choosing to focus on how well thought out the villains portrayals were, instead of if the story actually made sense at all (hint: a lot of it didn’t).
The main point here is don’t be cynical. Why so serious? Let’s put a smile — ok, forget that line of thought. There’s absolutely zero reason to bash on the guy for a film that none of us have seen yet. Ledger and Craig have proven that the wildcard can succeed, and Affleck is someone who has worked very hard to earn the right to be taken seriously again. So, before you start hoisting up rage signs about how his Robin should be Matt Damon, or he should fight Bluntman and Chronic, or that Lois Lane should be recast with J-Lo, or that someone should dub over scenes of Batman with his lines from Good Will Hunting and that accent he carried (someone please do that), just take a step back and relax. He might end up being great.
However, I could be wrong.