If you haven’t heard already, Ben Affleck will play Batman in the Batman-Superman sequel to Man of Steel, which is coming out in 2015.
The director of the the series, Zach Snyder, explains his reasoning thusly:
‘Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman. 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, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne,’ Snyder said in a statement. ‘I can’t wait to work with him.’
I disgree with Matt Lewis that this could tarnish Affleck’s surging career as an actor and director. The Christopher Nolan-Christian Bale Batman trilogy renewed superhero movies by proving that they could be cinematicaly intelligent as well as tasteful and even artistic. Christian Bale perfectly captured the tragic figure of a man who lost his parents to violent murder. This multi-layered Batman made the character more mature, and therefore more appealing to a broader audience.
The Dark Knight trilogy certainly helped make Batman one of my favorite fantastical characters, as well as the most fascinating action hero in the DC Comics world. It will be a challenge for any actor to meet Bale’s standard, but any who attempt it must be taken seriously.
I think its appropriate for Affleck to participate in this project after winning an Oscar for Argo because it will expand his fan base and acting breadth.
However, after his disastrous role as Daredevil, Affleck shouldn’t be adapting Batman in his second appearance in superhero movies. I really don’t see how he can portray “the scars of a seasoned crime fighter.” The Town may have prepared him for that, but I can’t envision him as an elderly Bruce Wayne.
Plus, if the sequel involves the epic fighting scenes between the two superheroes as written by Frank Miller in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Back, Affleck probably won’t be able to capture the pure grit of Batman’s attitude. Spoiler alert: Batman beats Superman to a pulp with Kryptonite gloves.
Can you imagine Affleck standing over Henry Cavill with a satisfied yet morose look in his eyes? At this point, I cannot.
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