When it was announced at Comic-Con that Batman and Superman would be teaming up and going after each other for the first time on film, the hunt began to find a new Batman to step into the cowl that Christian Bale was leaving behind. According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, the actor to fill those shoes is Ben Affleck.
Per the report from THR.com:
Ben Affleck will join Henry Cavill in Warner Bros.’ Man of Steel sequel.
With Affleck, who is hot off winning an Academy Award for Argo, now in the shoes of Batman the question is did the folks at Warner Bros make the right choice?
Fans will immediately point to Affleck’s less than impressive turn as Daredevil back in the early 2000s, a film he openly disowned after it was released. But perhaps a switch in universes is what Affleck needs, at least that’s what the thinking must be behind his casting.
But for those thinking that Daredevil and Batman will be connected in someway, one needs not look far between Daredevil and this past year to see that Affleck has come a long way in his career, packing in great roles, brilliant decisions and an Oscar along the way. He also fits exactly what the producers were looking for in their search for the new Batman as he’s middle-aged, good looking and is an insanely bankable talent and star.
Not everyone will agree with the decision, but Warner Bros has impressed with it’s comic book casting in the past, as Heath Ledger, Tom Hardy and Henry Cavill have all paid off big when they were initially questioned. Affleck will no doubt be the subject of fan boy flaming but he seems to be in the perfect place in his career to make this role work.
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