Ben Affleck as Batman: Why It Could Work

Published 2 years ago by , Updated July 7th, 2014 at 8:33 pm,

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There’s no disagreement: Ben Affleck being cast as Batman was not what anyone, devoted comic book fan or casual moviegoer was expecting. Although the announcement was met with… mixed reactions – some claiming all hope for Man of Steel 2 and Justice League is lost, others waiting to pass judgement – we feel a little context and analysis is called for in this instance.

Director Zack Snyder may have decided to cast a relative unknown for the role of Superman in Henry Cavill, but interestingly, has decided that someone with far more star-power is required to put Kal-El to the test in his big screen sequel. Put him to the test in terms of character development as well as physically, that is – if writer David S. Goyer’s referencing the film as Batman Vs. Superman is any indication.

Assuming that Zack Snyder and executive producer Christopher Nolan actually know something about making movies, we decided to outline some reasons why Affleck’s casting makes sense for the 2015 super-sequel:


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Given the previous castings of Christian Bale and Henry Cavill, Warner Bros. and DC Comics seemed to be following a similar route to Marvel: casting actors largely unknown to mass audiences. The thinking behind the decision being not only a commercial one (signing stars long term gets expensive fast), but that the casting of an unknown helps audiences suspend their disbelief, and not call to mind the actor’s previous roles or celebrity persona – just the character they are inhabiting.

With that in mind, we thought of other younger unknowns who could follow Cavill’s path, and inhabit the role for a brand new audience, becoming a name, not a face, in the process. But then came word that Snyder and co. weren’t looking to re-tread old ground by telling another Batman origin story: they were after an older, more experienced Batman to give Superman a run for his money.

As surprising as Affleck might be for other reasons, his age, size and experience in the industry checks all said boxes. At the seasoned age of 41 – but not what anyone would consider ‘old’ – Affleck still has the looks that a ‘Bruce Wayne-type’ requires. And anyone who saw Affleck in The Town knows the actor is still capable of filling out his 6′ 3-1/2″ frame (replacing Adam West as the most sizable actor to ever slip on the cowl).

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Wherever comic or movie fans appear to offer their dream casting for Batman/Bruce Wayne, their suggestion is immediately slammed with criticism that the actor is ‘not big enough,’ or that they would ‘pack on muscle to be believable.’ While fair, those are attacks that simply can’t be leveled at Affleck.

Fans can take issue with his previous roles and thespian skills, but there’s no denying that Affleck has the age, the build, and the star-powered presence to play a veteran Batman believably.

And despite his fame, Affleck isn’t famous for a single role among mass audiences – something we held as a prime component in all of our potential older Batmen.


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  1. Forget how awesome Ben was in “The Town” and “Fargo”. Watch “The Boiler Room” and tell me he wouldn’t be a fantastic Dark Knight.

  2. I think Affleck is going to make a great Batman in the movie! But im not so worried about Ben is going to be co-protagonist cause that movie is going to be of Henry Cavill Superman!And i know Henry is going to do a brilliant job just like he did in MOS!Im a huge fan of Superman and Henry was the first one to make justice to the character.Ben.A is going to put all his energy in making a great Batman!I will see you in 2015 talking about how great and wonderful was Batman in the Movie!But remember first the movie is from Superman not from Batman.

  3. I wish Matt Damon was superman! I’d love to watch Ben vs Matt!
    Also every time I see Ben I think of mall rats

  4. I dont fully agree with the cast change of christian bale to ben affleck. but as it ended with christian in dark knight rises and leaves robin in charge there should be a short scene in batman vs superman were christian bale original batman meets ben affleck to take his place as batman not just his suut but his company and name bruce sumthing wayne. this is what needs to happen everytime they change cast. every film that has a cast changed the film sucks to the max limit were there would be no profit for the directors and producers take for instance the mummy 3 worst of them all. just a small scene with affleck and bale to say there swapping identitys would be easy and perfect. if people say why has his face changed and height he can just say ‘i got plastic surgeon with my multimillions a voice therapist and a torture machine to stretch my body to the height i derserve’ the press will ask ben affleck the new bruce wayne to show as evidence his scar he has on his leg when he had a walking stick he will show his scar that he did himself. problem solved.

    • Nah, if that happened, I will not watch the film at all. Batman is one person. Swapping identities will ruin it. And about the look changing thing, just suspend your disbelief.

    • Did you see such scene in Batman Begins? No? Why was it? Because this is a different continuity.

  5. this is total BS. Ben Aflleck is not capable of playing a superhero! His acting skills a minimal at best. Christian Bale was the best decision for the role they’ve made. Is DC trying to kill the movie on purpose? If your only vote for him as batman is that he is 6’3″ then that is the sorriest excuse for an argument I’ve ever heard of. While we’re at it why don’t we cast Brigette Neilsen as Wonder Woman, she is tall? we can also set Themyscara in Staten Island, that’s an island. Then we can release the whole thing in Fantasy Land

    • Dude. Minimal at best? Watch The Town and Argo. The man has really grown as an actor. He’s not same guy that starred in Gigli anymore. He is a very good actoe and filmmaker now.

  6. are you people out of your minds,BA as Batman,you might as well use Jim Carey as Batman,another prime example of people with their heads where the sun don’t shine,why for cripes sake would you drop C Bale in favor of BA,that is about as braindead as it was using G Clooney and V Kilmer,obviously thay want lose money on the nxt Batman movie,well…no brains…no headaches…

    • It wasnt picking Ben Affleck over Christian Bale…youre obviously another uninformed or ignorant guy who has more time to complain than read. Bale didnt want to do any more batman movies. All your hyperbole shows your in the backwoods of arkansas somewhere where YOUR head is buried in your backside.

  7. It wasnt picking Ben Affleck over Christian Bale…youre obviously another uninformed or ignorant guy who has more time to complain than read. Bale didnt want to do any more batman movies. All your hyperbole shows your in the backwoods of arkansas somewhere where YOUR head is buried in your backside.

  8. Ben Affleck would make a HORRIBLE Batman!!!
    He is not capable of playing a superhero let alone an icon such as Batman.
    It is an insult to the series to use Ben Afflect!

    • Watch The Town. His character in that movie was very similar to Batman, and his acting in that movie was critically praised.

  9. The “Batman” is the upcoming sequel to Man of Steel is an older, veteran, experienced crimefighter.
    He’s a 20 year cop that has seen it all.
    He’s the 10 war time deployment career soldier that lived to tell the tale and still chooses to serve in order to protect those he cares about.

    The character of Bruce Wayne is an emtionally troubled, scarred, jaded, wealthy genius and Ben Affleck is a good choice to bring that version of the character to life.

    If I may paraphrase from a few of the animated versions:

    “…your a princess from a race of immortal warriors. I’m a rich kid with issues. LOTS of issues…”
    “…I haven’t been a kid since I was 8 years old…”

    Ben is going to be an excellent Batman/Bruce Wayne.