Ben Affleck Cast as Batman in Move No One Saw Coming

Ben AffleckHuh? That's what a lot of people are saying after Warner Bros. announced today that Ben Affleck will star as Batman in the next Man of Steel sequel directed by Zack Snyder.

Sure Affleck has played a superhero before (though arguably not that well) in Daredevil, but he's not who we were expecting at all. We were thinking/hoping to see Ryan Gosling or Joe Manganiello put on the cape. Other names thrown around included Josh BrolinRichard Armitage (The Hobbit), Matthew Goode (The Watchman), Orlando Bloom, and Max Martini (Pacific Rim), but never did I hear anyone mention Ben Affleck.

It's nothing against Ben. I think he's a fantastic director and good actor, and he is one of the real-life good guys in Hollywood. But as Batman? I'm just not seeing it. I mean if we're going to watch a guy run around in tights, should it not be someone smokin' hot? Ben is cute and all, but ... he's not Ryan Gosling.

Snyder strongly believes in him though to play opposite Henry Cavill, who will  play Clark Kent and Superman again. In a statement, Snyder said: 

Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’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, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne. I can’t wait to work with him.

The good news is the movie isn't scheduled for release until July 2015 so we still have some time to get used to the idea. Maybe it will grow on us?

Do you think Ben Affleck will make a good Batman?

 

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andy1477 andy1477

No, no, no!!! My 5 year old who is obsessed with Batman is super mad! Lol

linzemae linzemae

Ben is better lookin than gosling. Imo

Histo... HistoryMamaX3

He'd better say, "'cause I'm Batman."

nonmember avatar sandy

Gotta say, I think this casting is just about perfect! I am not a "fan," per se, of Ben's: I was impressed by Argo, I think he has his feet steadily on the ground with work and family, and who can not root for a guy who just keeps on trying and evolving? So, yeh, the guy is cool, but not necessarily a box-office draw for me. That said, he does seem tailor-made for the role of Batman: His build, his jawliine, his acting experience, his ability to parody himself, his innate intelligence.. both inside and out, he seems pretty ideal for the role. (Gosh, I am starting to sound like a fan, aren't I?)

nonmember avatar Keli

Oh,NO,NO,NO. He stunk in Daredevil. Why are they ruining this franchise? So many other actors would be Better Than Ben. Try Nicolas Cage, Kellen Lutz,James Franco etc...

Ashley Littlejohn

Personally, I'm glad to see someone other than "smokin' hot" actors portraying a super hero on the big screen. I'm tired of the hero being more amazing than the human race and spectacularly good looking. It's about time someone more "real" played the hero.

mrspease mrspease

I for one am excited about this!!! And he didn't stink in Daredevil. Daredevil itself stunk. The writing was horrible. No one could have saved that. I think he will be an awesome Batman!!

jalaz77 jalaz77

I like Ben but I think this may be a bad idea.

BatMom. BatMom.

NOOOOOO! This is NOT ok!

nonmember avatar singer825

I think this is a horrible idea, but I'm really hoping they prove me wrong.

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