Last week it was announced that Ben Affleck will be the next Batman in the upcoming Superman/Batman film, directed by Zack Snyder. There has been a lot of criticism on whether Affleck will make a good Bruce Wayne/Batman. Affleck was definitely a surprise choice and I don’t think anyone saw that coming.
Currently Warner Brothers Studio and Ben Affleck have a great relationship with each other. Affleck directed for them two Oscar Nominated films, The Town and Argo. He even took home Best Picture for Argo last year. Warner Bros most likely wants to continue that relationship by saying, “Hey you do this for us, and we’ll let you direct whatever the hell you want.”
It’s astonishing how many people don’t like this choice. It will be hard to forget the wonderful trilogy that Christopher Nolan gave us but it’s in the past and time to move on. Ben Affleck has had a rough career and made some poor choices along the way. Plus his life was plastered all over the tabloids when he dated Jennifer Lopez so that didn’t help much either. He didn’t even make that bad of a Daredevil, there were just a lot of things wrong with that movie that surrounded him.
Affleck has done a lot of great things in the past few years and has grown as an actor. I think people are over looking the good and outweighing it with the bad. In 2007, he made his directorial debut with the film, Gone Baby Gone. An excellent movie that I’m sure many of you haven’t seen yet. He followed that with The Town (2010) and Argo (2012) which he not only directed but starred in as well. During that time, he also starred in The Company Men (2010) and To The Wonder (2013). He has proven himself in the past few years and I feel like he will do a fine job as Batman. Affleck has matured as an actor and people have to forget the past. He is currently at the top of his game and shows no sign of slowing down.
People also have to realize that a key factor into an actor’s performance is the director. The director has to bring it out of them and this is the only thing that worries me. Zack Snyder has made some great films but a lot of his actors performances stand out to me. I just hope Ben Affleck brings his A game and doesn’t prove me wrong because I know I am in the minority.
One last thing, you shouldn’t judge so quickly. I remember when it was announced that Heath Ledger was casted as the Joker and Robert Downey Jr. was casted as Iron Man. There was a lot of internet backlash but look how that turned out.