Ben Affleck as the New Batman in Man of Steel’s Sequel

Ben Affleck is the new Batman!
Ben Affleck is the new Batman!

As recently revealed, Ben Affleck is going to be the next Batman in the upcoming Man of Steel’s sequel. The famous Argo’s actor/director has been drafted in to replace the impeccable Christian Bale, who gave a totally fresh and new enthusiasm to the on-screen Batman with his recent Dark Knight trilogy.

The shocking announcement was made by Warner Bros. this Friday. As reported:

“We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of the DC Comics’ most enduringly popular superheroes, and Ben Affleck fits that bill, and then some. His outstanding career is a testament to his talent and we know he and Zack will bring new dimension to the duality of this character.”

The reactions to this announcement have been mixed so far, with many people not liking the idea of replacing an all-set Christian Bale, let alone with Ben Affleck. As most people have complained, it was probably the first time in recent history that Batman was successfully established as the real Dark Knight and an iconic figure against criminals – and it was Christian Bale & Christopher Nolan, who were the men behind it. Both of whom are sidelined for this upcoming project.

The following tweet – along with many others – reflects the general public’s current thinking over this recent development.

Many fans are not particularly happy on the decision of choosing Ben Affleck as the new Batman.
Many fans are not particularly happy on the decision of choosing Ben Affleck as the new Batman.

It is important to mention that Ben Affleck has played a super-hero role in his 2003’s Daredevil, which didn’t go well enough to apparently warrant him the important, lovable and complex characters of Bruce Wayne and The Dark Knight. Probably the disappointment was a bit too much for many people, as some has even started a petition against the decision. Following is a link to that petition, where currently (as of this writing) more than 28,000 people have signed against seeing Ben Affleck as Batman.

PETITION TO REMOVE BEN AFFLECK AS BATMAN

A Taste of Avengers?

Since the whopping success of The Avengers, there has been a pressing need of doing the exact same thing with Batman and Superman, in an attempt to replicate that success and glory. The recent Superman’s adventure, Man of Steel, can be considered a step towards it.

Rumor has been that Christopher Nolan was asked to direct a movie similar to Avengers, which was supposed to cast Henry Cavill as Superman and Christian Bale as the Batman. Although Christopher Nolan decided against it, as he didn’t want to tinker with his Dark Knight trilogy and the story that he crafted so well that it still lingers in our mind. Arguably, The Dark Knight trilogy set a benchmark for many other films to come, and it is definitely one of the best superhero films ever made in the history of world-wide cinema.

However, with now there is no speculation of that, we can expect the same concept with the Man of Steel’s untitled sequel, which will cast Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as our new Batman. The movie, as expected, is going to be directed by the Man of Steel director, Zack Snyder.

Zack Snyder has clearly mentioned that the new Batman’s story will not be drawn from the Dark Knight series, and that he has its own take on that. According to him:

“I’ve pored through the DC universe for a way to tell this thing.”

In his explanation and understanding of casting Ben Affleck as the new Batman, he 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 retains the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne. I can’t wait to work with him.”

Ben Affleck will replace Christian Bale in the upcoming Man of Steel's untitled sequel, as the new Batman.
Ben Affleck will replace Christian Bale in the upcoming Man of Steel's untitled sequel, as the new Batman.

These are strong statements from a successful director, but the public has yet to see the substance behind it. Having already lost the wonderful Heath Ledger as the ‘perfect’ Joker, some loyal fans have been now awarded another shock that there will be no more Christian Bale either – which kind of changes everything we have been acquainted with so far.

But as many people are trying to suggest, we have to yet to see Ben Affleck as Batman before we should criticize him. There is no doubt that Ben Affleck has done some great work so far, but whether he actually fits the bill as Batman – and more importantly, by replacing the successfully and iconic Christian Bale – is still a matter of debate.

The Man of Steel’s sequel is expected to be named as ‘Batman vs. Superman’ and the production will start next year. While the release date may be adjusted later, the movie is expected to be released on July 17, 2015.

And as Bruce Wayne said: It’s not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me. And for the sake of Batman’s legacy, we hope that Ben Affleck defines himself in a better way.

Man of Steel - Official Trailer

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For those, who haven't watched any of the recent Batman movies, the links are below. It's definitely a must-watch!

The Dark Knight Trilogy


Or, on the other hand, you can buy the special blu-ray edition of The Dark Knight Trilogy bundle, at a phenomenal, discounted price from Amazon.

This bundle contains all of the above-mentioned movies:

  • Batman Begins (2005)
  • The Dark Knight (2008)
  • The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

The trilogy has Christian Bale as Batman, and is directed by Christopher Nolan.

Question to Audience

By the way, what is your take on all this? Are you excited to see Ben Affleck as the new Batman or not?

Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Monis Mas 3 years ago

Let's see how that's going to work. I loved Christian Bale in this role.


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Alphadogg16 3 years ago from Texas

I agree, Christian Bale was good. I don't think this will work....don't really think Ben Affleck is even a good actor. Daredevil was horrible. They may have killed the series/sequel.


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Kevina Oyatedor 3 years ago

I think this is a wait and see thing. I still think that Christian Bale was awesome and they should of casted him.


rmcmillen 3 years ago

Instead of voicing my displeasure here I just simply took to all the installments of my "Bringing Cinematic Justice To The Justice League And The DC Universe As a Whole" 4 part hub.... and I even laid out a better way for them to have gone about all this............. but obviously I doubt they are smart enough to listen.


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amandajoyshapiro 3 years ago

In my opinion, the problem is not that Ben Affleck was cast as an older Batman/Bruce Wayne. It's that Superman is going to have to already share the screen with another superhero icon in a sequel. I think they should've waited until a third film. Henry Cavill's Superman is still new and how can the film's anonymous denizens be so shocked that a costumed vigilante alien exists if they've already been paying attention to Batman's activism? Two very different worlds.


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Hunbbel Meer 3 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan. Author

I, too, personally agree with the first 3 comments. Christian Bale was like the 'perfect' Batman for me. I don't imagine anyone surpassing him.


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Hunbbel Meer 3 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan. Author

@Amanda: You have a very valid point here. No matter how exciting the idea may seem to some people, it is something that must be looked after carefully. Let's wait and see how it is going to be portrayed in the film.

In my personal opinion, they should have kept the Man of Steel's franchise separate from this idea.


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misterhollywood 2 years ago from Hollywood, CA

Grest article. Sorry but I like Ben:)

Xo

- Mister Hollywood

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