Affleck, Batman and how once again, we are the ball lickers!
Ben Affleck has been cast as Batman/Bruce Wayne in Warner Bros.' "Man of Steel" sequel, the studio announced on Thursday. The "Argo" star joins Henry Cavill in the highly-anticipated Zack Snyder follow-up, which will see Batman and Superman teaming up together on the big-screen for the first time.
“Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman," said Snyder in a statement. "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. I can’t wait to work with him.”
The as-yet-untitled project was first announced at last month's San Diego Comic-Con to waves of excitement from fans, and speculation has been rampant (including here at HitFix) as to which actor might potentially score the coveted role. Production on the film, which will also star returning cast members Amy Adams, Diane Lane and Laurence Fishburne, is set to begin next year. It's slated for release on July 17 2015.
And the collective reaction on my twitter feed was one of instant shock and horror. How dare they cast Affleck?
He's so bland, he's too old, didn't any one at Warner Brothers see "Daredevil"?
Yes, "Daredevil" wasn't all that great. But that was ten years ago and some of us choose not to hold on to that hate. He's got the the muscle, he's got the chops. And best of all, he can put Zack Synder in a headlock and take over directing if things get out of hand.
(Okay, that last part doesn't seem likely. "Man of Steel" has so far made 650 million world wide and odds are, whatever problems I have with the movie are not problems Warner Brothers would consider worth worrying about.)
Moreover, I seem to recall a simular freak out a few years ago when Heath Ledger was cast as The Joker in "The Dark Knight" and the last time I checked movie history and my Blu-Ray copy of the film, that actually worked out pretty damn well.
So at this point, I'm willing to cut Warner Brothers some slack and let them make the damn movie
in the meantime, we can take comfort in the fact that on some level, he saw this coming.