Ben Affleck as the New Batman in Man of Steel’s Sequel
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.
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.
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.”
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
What Would You Like?
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
The Dark Knight Trilogy Bundle!
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This bundle contains all of the above-mentioned movies:
- Batman Begins (2005)
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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.