Five Reasons To Be Excited For Ben Affleck’s Batman
When it was announced that Ben Affleck would be donning the cape and cowl for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2013, it’s fair to say the internet wasn’t happy. From trending hashtags, petitions and even threats of protests, it became the most controversial casting of its time. But this was not the first time a Batman casting had come under fire. In reality, the Dark Knight and casting controversy go hand in hand. Due to his more comedic turns in Beetlejuice and Mr Mom, Michael Keaton’s casting in Tim Burton’s 1989 feature saw the studio plagued with over 50,000 letters of protest from fans around the world.
Despite turning heads in 2000’s American Psycho, fans weren’t overly keen on Christian Bale’s original casting, due to him being British and the youngest ever Batman. Heath Ledger’s casting as the Clown Prince of Crime didn’t impress fans either, with many thinking the Brokeback Mountain star wouldn’t be sinister enough. But they each went on to wow, woo and win over audiences around the world. Ledger went on to win a posthumous Oscar for his, now iconic, portrayal of the Joker, and Keaton and Bale are the only two names most people consider when they’re asked who the best Batman is.
With that in mind and with Dawn Of Justice a few days away, we offer up five reasons why you should be excited for Ben Affleck’s take on the Caped Crusader...
He’s a fantastic writer/director
In recent years, Affleck has proven himself to be a fantastic filmmaker with the likes of The Town, Gone Baby Gone and the Oscar winning Argo. He’s not on writing or directing duties here, but he understands the art of creating compelling characters and telling a great story, which we think will fit perfectly when bringing the complexity of Bruce Wayne to the screen.
He’s also a great actor...
Along with his directing, Affleck’s performances of late have been phenomenal. His most recent film, David Fincher’s adaptation of Gone Girl, Affleck did an incredible job portraying the archetype of a husband in the American suburbs; giving us enough dimwittedness and one too many feigned charmed smiles to leave us questioning his innocence until the film’s big twist.
He’s a comic book nerd...
He’s a lifelong comic book collector and superfan of Batman. He proved this when he spent $50,000 having a ‘Batcave style entrance’ installed into the garage of his Hollywood home, according to Kevin Smith, who directed him in Chasing Amy and Dogma.
He looks like Batman!
If you take a copy of Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns and open it on any panel, you’ll see how Ben Affleck bears a striking resemblance to the aged version of Batman. With said graphic novel being director Zack Snyder’s key inspiration for Batman V Superman, we’d agree Affleck’s casting makes sense.
Watch the trailer and see for yourself...
With Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice just a few days away, we’ve seen enough of Affleck both in and out of the costume to know he’s on track to being the best version of Batman to date and we cannot wait to see him go head to head with Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel on March 25th.
Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice will be released into cinemas on March 25th and will hit DVD shelves later this year.