Affleck as Batman

Last week, it was announced that Oscar-winning Ben Affleck would be playing Batman in the upcoming sequel to Man of Steel. The film will be released in 2015. Logically, this could also mean, should Affleck do a good job as the Dark Knight, that he may appear in the Justice League movie which won’t be out for several more years. People went absolutely nuts. Most people condemned the move. They said that Affleck would ruin the sequel, that it was an insult. Fans made references to the last time Affleck played a superhero. Affleck previously played Daredevil in the disappointing film of the same name back in 2003. Others defended the move, saying that Affleck has redeemed himself as a competent actor with his roles in ‘The Town’ and ‘Argo.’ This move, regardless of how you view Affleck as an actor, did exactly what it was supposed to do. It made people talk about the movie and the buzz surrounding this film is similar to the buzz made when Heath Ledger was cast as the Joker in the 2008 blockbuster film, ‘The Dark Knight.’ Ledger defied the critics of his casting when he posthumously won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for the part.

When I first heard about the idea of Ben Affleck playing Batman, I kind of laughed it off. But when I really stopped and thought about it, this is a great idea. The idea of Batman is not to pick somebody who can wear a dark suit, talk quietly and fight bad guys. Anybody can do that. Stunt doubles can do that. We need somebody who can play Bruce Wayne. Wayne is a billionaire with a very troubled past. He doesn’t have many friends and is known for being a bit different. This move makes perfect sense. Bruce Wayne is the role the studio hired Affleck for. This is going to be a different Batman. This Batman will be facing off against Superman. Every little boy has fantasized about what would happen if Batman and Superman met on the big screen. Now, we will find out.

This movie won’t even be out for two years. We have at least another year before even a teaser trailer will be out. Why can’t we wait to pass judgment on a movie until the film is released and we see it for ourselves? I still need to see the first Man of Steel movie. I heard that you either loved the movie or you hated the movie, a trend that seems to be more and more common these days. I’ve heard many things about the movie. I refuse to pass judgment until I see the movie for myself. I think Ben Affleck will make a good Bruce Wayne. By extension, I think he will make a good Batman. He will need a good script. And I look forward to seeing what he will do.