Is Ben Affleck Right For Batman?
ERIC: But I think a bigger actor is what they may need for this version of Batman. I don't have any real inside knowledge about what Zack Snyder and David Goyer have planned for the movie, but if they're having Batman actually fighting Superman a young star would never work. A version of Batman that can actually go up against Superman needs to be older and experienced - and I think Affleck has the personality to carry that. This has to be a Batman who is already established in this comic book world and in order to really get that across you need a face audiences can immediately connect to. Are you more concerned for Affleck's acting career or that he's not the right actor for the part?
KATEY: Alright, I can buy that argument. I kind of think Superman is getting hosed by having Batman show up in his sequel in the first place, but it seems pretty clear they're committed to letting it be Batman's introduction and less about Supes (which means we will NEVER get Henry Cavill as dopey reporter Clark Kent, and that bugs me). And I like Affleck and, if anyone is immediately going to help us erase the memory of Christian Bale, he can do it-- I have to assume his take on the character will be totally different. In the end I'm happy to see Affleck take on a role I never expected from him, because getting boxed into doing one thing is lame. But I'm not sure it bodes well for the version of Batman vs. Superman we're getting.
ERIC: I both agree and disagree with you. I do think that Affleck will definitely bring something much different to the role than Bale, but I also think having him in there at least partially eliminates the need for the whole "introduction" part of the story. Going back to what I was saying before, I can believe Affleck as a veteran Batman who has been fighting crime for years, which by itself eliminates the whole need to reintroduce the character and dive into the backstory. They'll just be able to let Batman be Batman, which is exactly what I want to see.
KATEY: Yes, death to the origin story. I kind of assumed they would get away from that in general by casting an older actor, so I'm glad that seems to still be the case. It's more the starpower imbalance that concerns me-- and the notion that this will basically be "Ben Affleck In Man Of Steel 2," which is bizarre on so many levels. But I'm way more interested in being cautiously interested than shitting all over it, and like I said, I'm pro-Affleck. So yeah, I'm in! Now it's time to pick all our best Affleck-Batman puns. Got any good ones?
ERIC: Not quite yet, but I have already grown quite attached to the name Batfleck, which is a good start.
Is Ben Affleck the right choice for Batman?
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