Why Ben Affleck Said Yes to ‘Batman’; Is He Directing ‘Justice League’ Too?

The studio may hire Affleck to both star in and direct the ensemble, with the actor signed on for a number of Batman appearances.
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Why Ben Affleck Said Yes to ‘Batman’; Is He Directing ‘Justice League’ Too?

Find out why Ben Affleck said yes to starring as Batman in Man of Steel 2The Hollywood Reporter has revealed the details behind Ben Affleck's decision to play Batman in Man of Steel 2, news that took the movie-loving world by storm yesterday. According to the excerpt below, Ryan Gosling was the man wanted for the job, but he refused to accept an offer because he dislikes sequels. They next went to Ben Affleck, who was reluctant to take the role. It took a lot of convincing, but here we are with the story of the year. It is also revealed that the actor has signed a multi-picture deal. If Man of Steel 2 (known in some circles as Batman Vs. Superman, though an official title hasn't been announced yet) is a hit, we can expect to see Ben Affleck as Batman in Justice League, which he may also direct. Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of this whole story is that he turned down 20th Century Fox's planned reboot of Daredevil.

Read what THR had to reveal about the casting coup of the decade.

"Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the process began earlier this year when director Zack Snyder had finished working on Man of Steel with producer Christopher Nolan. Snyder and the studio already had ideas for a follow-up, and Zack Snyder reached out to Ben Affleck to check the star's interest.

It's unclear when these talks began. Multiple sources say the studio approached Josh Brolin, as well as other actors. Ryan Gosling was also a possibility, but the actor dislikes the idea of sequels.

But Ben Affleck was curious, and initial talks focusing on story and character began. Once Ben Affleck was satisfied, WME's Patrick Whitesell and Ziffren Brittenham's Sam Fischer began negotiating his role in the Superman sequel. Sources say that Ben Affleck has been signed for multiple other movies. The talks were so secretive that many Warner execs and most WME agents remained unaware of their existence.

On one level, Ben Affleck's return to superheroes seems bewildering. The Oscar-winning co-writer of Good Will Hunting drew scorn after donning the red suit for Daredevil, and later agreed it wasn't his best work. After he'd recovered and turned in a bravura performance directing and starring in The Town, Fox offered him the chance to direct and star in a Daredevil reboot -- but Ben Affleck turned it down.

More recently, Christopher Nolan offered Ben Affleck the chance to direct Man of Steel. Ben Affleck declined, seemingly because of a desire not to return to the world of capes -- despite being an avowed comic book fan.

Because since it's considered a sequel to Man of Steel and not a Batman movie, any potential underperformance issues won't ultimately land on his shoulders.

The deal also potentially lines Ben Affleck up to star in and direct Warner Bros.' answer to Marvel's The Avengers: The eventual Justice League movie."

As revealed yesterday, Producer Greg Silverman had this to say about the casting choice.

"We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics' most enduringly popular Super Heroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some. His outstanding career is a testament to his talent and we know he and Zack Snyder will bring new dimension to the duality of this character."

Zack Snyder also expressed his excitement about the casting of Ben Affleck, noting,

"Ben Affleck provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry Cavill'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. I can't wait to work with him."

As we reported earlier today, the news lead to several angry fans launching online petitions against the casting, along with several memes. Where do you stand on this debate? Yay or nay for Ben Affleck as Batman?

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice comes to theaters March 25th, 2016.

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  • bane5000 • 2 years ago

    @Number1Wolverine ...Well with recent reports that the Batman we will be getting is described Tired and Weary...Im hoping that means he has been around for a long while, been in a few battles with villain already over time and that he has been trained for many years now :]

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    • Number1Wolverine • 2 years ago

      @bane5000 - I concur. I honestly still don't think we will get a full fledged martial artist simply because of Snyder style of directing, but hopefully I'm proving wrong.

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      • CoreyB • 2 years ago

        @bane5000 see i loved the suit that he switched to in middle of TDK i thought it looked much better. I did like the suit in Begins tho. Some people dont like it but Nolan made it as grounded as he could...even tho sometimes it did look like a comic book movie like him jumping off a building and using his cape to fly around...lol. but yeah thats why he wasnt doing backflip kicks n sh*t. But I see your point how in the comics he is unstoppable alot. Just Nolan being Nolan and I dug it for sure! Again...cant wait to see what Affleck can bring to the role tho I do think this is all too soon.

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        • bane5000 • 2 years ago

          @CoreyB...Naw man, if it sucked i wouldnt own the blu ray trilogy set, posters, bobbleheads, and other various merchandise :D

          Im just saying Batman lacked what u would think a trained martial artist could do during fights and hope to see a more agile and experienced fighter in the upcoming films and they should've kept him in his BB suit longer, I think it was better then the armor plated suit we got for TDK/TDKR

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          • CoreyB • 2 years ago

            @bane5000 o r u another one who claims tdktrilogy sucked??? theres still a few of yas out there huh?

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            • bane5000 • 2 years ago

              @Number1Wolverine...The suit was bland and Batman's fighting style was bland...Hopefully Snider and Co. gives a new suit closer to ur pic or to the comics and full fledged martial artist with Batman's fighting style this time around :]

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              • Number1Wolverine • 2 years ago

                @bane5000 - Thanks, I'm glad you agree. As I was one of the few who find the Nolan bat suit to be very flat, and bland.

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                • rjh094 • 2 years ago

                  The more I look at him, the more I can "imagine" him as Bruce Wayne/Batman, but my goodness it's a stretch

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                  • bane5000 • 2 years ago

                    @Number1Wolverine ...Affleck's suit should look like the one u posted the link for, give it a mix of both grey and black and actually make the bat symbol on his chest noticeable.

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                    • Number1Wolverine • 2 years ago

                      @themoviefanatic - Still hurt over the failure of Daredevil.

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                      • themoviefanatic • 2 years ago

                        @masterofthemoon I know, right ?!

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                        • themoviefanatic • 2 years ago

                          @Number1Wolverine Why did he turn it down during then ?

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                          • themoviefanatic • 2 years ago

                            @bane5000 I couldn't agree more :) .

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                            • mieko-siede • 2 years ago

                              Look at it like this. We never saw Robert Downey Jr. as a superhero until he played Iron Man. No one thought of Michael Keaton as a caped crusader until he donned the rubber mask. Who thought many of these coveted roles portrayed by stars under the radar could pull it off? There were just as many failures as there were successes. But the greatest surprises often came from those we least expected. Ben Affleck's blunder that was Dare Devil wasn't completely his fault. But it was something he could learn from. At the time that movie had come out there were so many films of that genre trying to find their way that there wasn't quite a formula to work from as yet. Affleck has what it takes to make a convincing Bruce Wayne/Batman come to life on screen. We don't have to suffer a backstory again. He gets to just set into the groove of the role and bring a Dark Knight that we haven't quite seen on screen as of yet. Given the style of direction this movie will move in under the lead of Zack Snyder there is no reason for this not to be incredible.

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                              • mieko-siede • 2 years ago

                                @gumperman I agree with that logic.

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                                • gumperman • 2 years ago

                                  I knew it! Remember when Movieweb posted a story about this very same subject a little more than a year ago, to direct JUSTICE LEAGUE? movieweb/news/justice-league-of-america-eyes-director-ben-affleck As you will see, Affleck said he only directs movies that he acts in. Well now that he is Batman, there's no reason why he wouldn't direct JUSTICE LEAGUE and I bet he's already been hired. We just don't know about it yet. I also bet Affleck had been cast as Batman since August of last year, and we all just found out about it now.

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                                  • Joshua-Hollaway • 2 years ago

                                    Who cares what you people think, in the end you will pay to see it. So it is a win for them. Sit!

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                                    • OhhmeohhMy • 2 years ago

                                      People. Shut with the negativity please. Chris Evans played Johnny storm and that was awfull. And he turned out perfect for captain america. And I don't recall bull about that. I find Andrew Garfield to be a better Spider-Man that Toby. But then again this are my options. Hallie berry played catwomen and that was cat-litter. But she is great as storm. People did not give her bull or that. But Ann Hathaway did a good Rendition of catwomen. People did not give her crap. So I say again with love and compassion. And this is just tough love. "Shove It". Ha

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                                      • masterofthemoon • 2 years ago

                                        People back in the 80's complained when Keaton was first cast as Batman, when they saw the film they praised him, now Afflack is getting it from new morons who think they know how to cast roles for movies when all they are good for is being a mindless zombie in front of their Tv's, computers and cell phones! Give Ben a chance, you never know he may surprise you and then you will praise him!

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