Ben Affleck as Batman: Why He's the Perfect Dark Knight

After making the disappointing ‘Daredevil’ in 2003, find out how Ben Affleck spent the next ten years preparing for the role of his lifetime.
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Ben Affleck as Batman: Why He's the Perfect Dark Knight

Ben Affleck is the perfect Batman in Man of Steel 2 Like a sonic boom, or the announcement that Heath Ledger was going to play The Joker in The Dark Knight, Warner Bros. dropped the biggest bombshell of the year, trumping the day's earlier news that Bradley Cooper was set to play Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy. That's small potatoes now, knowing that Ben Affleck is set to play the greatest detective of all time.

That's right, Fred O'Bannion from Dazed and Confused is going to be playing Bruce Wayne in Man of Steel 2, and no one saw it coming. That small cameo serves as a clue as to why we'll be looking at Ben Affleck as Batman in 2015. The menace was there at a young age. Ben was the perfect bully, and he brought back some awful memories for nerds everywhere (much as he's doing today). He continued that line of work in Mallrats, playing a real douche that certainly had some very scary qualities. All perfect for when he pulls on that cowl and goes after the common criminal.

Where's your nice guy next door now, huh? Ben Affleck has been preparing for this moment for nearly twenty years!

A lot of names were batted about the Internet, as everyone and their Aunt speculated on who would be jumping behind the seat of the Batmobile. While the call was out that director Zack Snyder was looking for someone older to play millionaire Bruce Wayne, Affleck's name never rose to the surface. Instead, we heard everyone from Josh Brolin, to Ryan Gosling to Jon Hamm. And maybe they would have been good. But none of them are Ben Affleck! He may just have every quality needed for a new, different, unique take on the character as created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger.

Its odd that Ben's name never came up, as Warner Bros. has wanted him to play Bruce Wayne/Batman in Justice League for a very long time. And he has a strong working relationship with the company. If the Man of Steel franchise plans to go the Justice League route, of course they needed to go with a good, tested actor to play opposite an unknown like Henry Cavill. It sounds like all the pieces are falling into place for DC Comics move to big screen domination.

Finally!

Right now, Ben Affleck seems to be in the middle, in terms of fan support. Exactly half as many people love this decision as hate it. Hardcore Christopher Nolan fans seem to be weeping the loudest (even despite the fact that the man remains a producer on the project, so he did have some say in this). While other, more open-minded fans are okay with this casting decision. It all really depends on the final product, which we won't see for two more summers. But rest assured, that opening day box office is sure to set some records. And before we get there, maybe we can sway you towards liking, and accepting, and wanting Ben Affleck as your most beloved comic book hero of all time.

Let's face it, looking at the landscape of available talent, WB made a pretty smart choice.

Even though some of you don't think so. Fans have petitioned Warner Bros. to remove the actor from the project: CLICK HERE There are also plenty of Memes running rampant through the Internet, making great fun of the casting announcement. Want to see some of the best: CLICK HERE

We're standing on the opposite end of this noise. Here's our argument for why he's the best guy Hollywood has for the role at this moment in time.

1Ben Affleck Understands the Superhero Psyche and The Actors that Play Them

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Its not been mentioned too much since the news of this casting spread across the globe quicker than the Simian virus. Sure, Ben Affleck has played a superhero before, appearing as the lead in 2003's Daredevil. And some angry fans point to that as why he shouldn't be Batman. The film was a learning process for Ben Affleck. Let's look at it as 'batting' practice, which makes perfect sense, right? At the time, superhero movies were just coming into their own, and the hired actors were the least of Daredevil's problems. It didn't know what it wanted to be, giving Ben room to try new things. He was able to see what did and didn't work, retaining all of that as an actor. Here, removed ten years from Daredevil, the actor has done a sufficient amount of work in perfecting his craft. Look at his decisions after this. Most of the roles he took on were more serious, and dark. He's never played the same guy twice, which plays into the duality of the Bruce Wayne/Batman role. He knows how to be charming, and sweet. Someone people can look up to and love. And as we mentioned in the introduction, he knows how to be a real dick. And Batman is just that. A fucking dick. More importantly, though, and this is what some of you have missed. Ben Affleck has also previously played Superman. Three years after taking on the role of Matt Murdock, the actor jumped into the role of George Reeves, TV's Superman, who died under mysterious circumstance. Not only had Ben Affleck played a superhero, here he was jumping into the skin of a man who was playing the most popular superhero of his time. He studied that half-deranged psyche of fame and wealth, and what being a real superhero to millions of people meant. He's played both sides of the coin. And he was nominated for a ton of awards for that performance. Even though a lot of you have never seen the movie. If any modern actor (besides Hugh Jackman) knows about the ins and outs of playing a superhero, its Ben Affleck.

What do you think? Did we make our case for why Ben Affleck is the perfect Bruce Wayne? Or did we turn into a real, good old fashioned Ben Asslick? Let us know why he still sucks in the comments below.

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  • dfella • 5 months ago

    lol

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    • Joshua-Luis-Zamora • 5 months ago

      B. Alan Orange Christian Bale was an awesome batman and trust me can do circles around Affleck so from i just read you really don't know batman at all...But than again you must want nipples put on the new batsuit..lol

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      • Vance-Anderson • 5 months ago

        The fact that he is friends with Kevin Smith is hilarious. Tom Cruise is friends with LOTS of actors who actually use accents in their movies, it sure doesn't help him any.

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        • Vance-Anderson • 5 months ago

          It's gonna be cool until he has to start actually talking. Then I'll remember who he is. Just like Keanu Reeves. He just doesn't have that Batman/Bruce Wayne, Millionaire swagger. Only a certain type can play Batman. Epic failures with Val Kilmer and Michael Keaton, this one will be a close third. It's impossible for Affleck to follow up an incredibly talented actor like Christian Bale, and when he starts getting compared to Bale's Batman, he will sink like a stone.

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          • ashesfend • 2 years ago

            Thank you. The first day it was publicly announced, I too saw the hatred from my friends. No one wanted Ben Affleck. My first points were exactly the first two points I read in this article, so I don't feel alone.

            Kevin Smith was excited when Ben was cast as Daredevil, but I doubt Kevin would dare allow his friend Ben to mess up Batman, Kevin's favourite (seemingly) character. First thing I told my friends, the first day, was that Kevin Smith will be the real hero and mold Ben into what he really needs to be for this. Mentally, anyhow.

            The second point was he was Daredevil. Few seemed to raise that point alongside the point that he was once portraying an actor portraying Superman. As if playing Superman's George Reeves meant he was a capable Batman. While that may be an advantage, he was Daredevil. The movie sucked. But I don't blame Ben. Daredevil is a man with heightened sense and who trained himself to fight. It's a lesser story, but a relatable one, to Batman. Hell, his dad was killed in an alley and that death pushed him to become Daredevil. He's not rich with a bunch of gadgets, a car, and such. But he had a similar story.

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            • Celestialforthcoming • 2 years ago

              @Brizzy But I have taken it under my account and began and ended my comment with I, personally, me personally, and my opinion. I understnad what your saying and completely agree but I never reall "threw you under the bus" because I only mention the movie web community on how much we all love movies and love to give our own opinions. and I said, Me personally and My opinion when I said I don't appreciate the author trying to curb us into one side

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              • mr-k • 2 years ago

                @aoshi I'm sorry but the growling was annoying in all the Nolan Batman movies. It wasn't intimidating, it was goofy and obnoxious, it didn't need the growling in the first place. He could have used his normal voice while making it sound threatening as Batman. Hell, Michael Keaton did it with his normal voice as Batman in Tim Burton's version of Batman (which is way superior than Nolan's take on Batman minus The Dark Knight) and look how excellent that portrayal was.

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                • aoshi • 2 years ago

                  @mr-k actually the growling worked perfectly in Batman Begins (it WAS intimidating), but then they overdid it for the last two movies for some reason.

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                  • rjh094 • 2 years ago

                    This article is hilarious. Is this a joke? I'm willing to wait until a picture or trailer of Affleck as Batman to judge, but these reasons are horrible. Affleck will have to bulk up and become a total badass to play Batman.

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                    • Paul-Whosoever-Portell • 2 years ago

                      #1 has a ridiculous explaination. Ben Affleck was Superman for less than five minutes in a movie that wasn't completely focused on Superheroes. It was a made for TV comedy, and Affleck was told to not take the role seriously. Also, just because he's played a detective in other movies has little to no bearing on whether or not he can play a good Batman.

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                      • Mahonski • 2 years ago

                        Who do the people think should play Batman? Lets face it, Afleck aint the right choice. In fact I wouldn't have even put him in a top 100 for the role.

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                        • thedude-abides • 2 years ago

                          I don't care about any of the reasons listed, but I've been on board with this since the news broke. I think he will be better as Batman than he will Bruce Wayne, but great in both respects.

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                          • OhhmeohhMy • 2 years ago

                            Good points. I'm still open and fine whith this Choice. But people with negativity. Please do remember Chris Evans played Johnny storm in FF. and it was bad to. But he found his footing in Captain America. And he is perfect for that role. So cut Ben a break. And ohh yes forget about people. He will do this role fine.

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                            • ghostman • 2 years ago

                              Lol...majority of these "points" made are simply based on opinion and not supported by fact.

                              The thing is, Affleck can act...just not as Batman. Everyone will be reminded as him being Daredevil. That sh*t is like herpes, never goes away.

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                              • Mahonski • 2 years ago

                                This is by far the worst casting ever. Affleck for Batman? Snyder get a grip. You have doomed Man of Steel 2. Sort it out.

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                                • Ing-Demonon-Vrosis • 2 years ago

                                  f*ck point 3... 6 is ridiculous and he dont look eleven years older than Superman.

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                                  • Number1Wolverine • 2 years ago

                                    Funny enough while reading this article I remembered Ben was actually ask to play Batman during the casting stages of Begins. Don't know how I forgot that.

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                                    • Number1Wolverine • 2 years ago

                                      @ObiWanShinobi - That would just make my day lol.

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                                      • Zak-Lee-Ferguson • 2 years ago

                                        f*ck the Kevin Smith bit....could say the same about Daredevil but that didn't change his performance or perspectives did it-see where I'm getting at- it's just fanboy mullah, nothing to do with guidance or more and Smith is a Knoob, makes some good films but is a thorough bred money making idiot.

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                                        • Zak-Lee-Ferguson • 2 years ago

                                          here here i agree whole heartedly and i am backing Ben A. all the way, he will bring something different and veer us away from the now cancer diagnosed Bruce Wayne we all love, but this is a new iteration, one that befits the actual Dc-verse so let's see what happens and watch the rain fall and make great patterns on our cinematic landscapes.

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