Maybe I’m an optimist that can find the silver lining of any geek culture grey cloud, but I’m not that upset that Ben is playing Bruce.
The most frequent complaint people will give is “Daredevil sucked!” Maybe, but that was a long time ago and Affleck’s career has evolved since then. Plus Superman/Batman will have a huge budget with a lot more riding on it. Its set for a mid July release not the end of February like Daredevil. Chances are the studio is not going to let the movie be that bad, and let’s face it, there was a lot more wrong with daredevil than Ben Affleck. The second complaint is that Ben is just not a good actor. He may not be Brando, but he does better when he’s not carrying the whole movie – Good WIll Hunting, The Town and Argo (not to mention his team ups with Kevin Smith) where some of his better performances and they all featured ensemble casts. In this movie he will have Superman and who knows how many villains. His real challenge is that when it comes to playing the role, it’s not how good of a Batman you make, but how good of a Bruce Wayne. Just ask Michel Keaton.
Plus, until we know more about the plot, let’s not be too quick to judge. Maybe the Nolan vision of Batman is too fresh in everybody’s mind. Make no mistake, Christopher Nolan has made three of the best best superhero films ever. But they are films. Superman/Batman is going to be a movie, and there is a difference. With all the real world tragedy surrounding the Christian Bale era of Batman on film, maybe we need a little levity. I’m not talking about nipples on the batman suit, just something that feels more Raiders of the Lost Ark than Heat. Maybe we are ready for a less brooding and more charming Bruce Wayne.
I can’t think of one actor who people would have been excited about playing Batman. All I’m saying is that he deserves a shot. Just remember, Heath Ledger was the Nirvana to Jack Nicholson’s Poison. And I still remember how pissed of fanboys where when they hear he got the job. – Brad Filicky