As you probably know, earlier today it was confirmed that Ben Affleck has been cast as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Zack Snyder’s untitled Batman and Superman mash-up, the upcoming sequel to Man of Steel.

My first reaction was one of surprise, as I really expected them to go with someone younger.  An actor such as Richard Armitage, or even Karl Urban (which would’ve been my personal choice).

In the press release, director Zack Snyder states “Ben 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.”

An older incarnation of Batman will be an interesting one and we hope that Zack Snyder and David Goyer explore avenues never seen in a previous Batman film before.

Personally, I quite like Ben Affleck – despite a few misfires earlier in his career, he has been on good form of recent.

Having successfully carved out a career as a director with films like Argo, The Town and Gone Baby Gone, he has also been improving as an actor.

Needless to say, the reaction to his casting has been mostly hostile and this is something that baffles me.

With the Twitterati up in arms about the decision, the whole thing reminded me of when Daniel Craig was cast as James Bond in Casino Royale.  Well, that has turned out alright as far as I can tell.

A bit more closer to DC’s home, the reaction was similar when Heath Ledger was cast as the Joker.  People were making Brokeback Batman jokes and generally forgetting what these actors actually do.

They act…

The likes of Gigli and Pearl Harbour were a long time ago now and Affleck has matured as both an actor and filmmaker.

The fact that Warner Bros has picked Ben Affleck – a man who lets not forget once won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay (Good Will Hunting) – for such a prominent role within the DC universe is a bold and interesting choice, and hopefully his presence on the set will bring a certain sense of gravitas not just to this production, but future films within the DC world.



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