Fans are upset with director Zack Snyder’s choice in casting Ben Affleck as Batman, stealing the spotlight from the upcoming Superman sequel Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
But why all the outrage?
On May 13 2014, Snyder released a teaser of Affleck donning the newest Batman costume, a muscular super-suit (yes, they have removed the bat nipples, circa 1990), standing aside the lustrous Batmobile. With the shorter ears and bulging veins, Affleck looks as if he will pulverise anyone who skips a breath. However, his downcast gaze implies a sense of disappointment.
This is exactly why fans are unsure of Affleck’s potential to do well. He is predominantly viewed on either side of the acting spectrum, comedic or dramatic. However, he often acts alongside a strong supporting actor/actress. Can he independently stand strong, playing the introvert that is Bruce Wayne/Batman?
In an interview, Affleck admitted to his reservations about taking this role. After reading the script, his perspective changed:
“I told them I don’t see myself in the role. They said I’d fit well into how they were going to approach the character and asked me to look at what the writer/director was doing. The stuff was incredible: it was a unique take on Batman that was still consistent with the mythology. It made me excited. When people see it, it will make more sense than it does now or even than it did to me initially. It will be an older and wiser version, particularly as he relates to Henry Cavill’s Superman character.”
“It’s important to consider the style of direction to properly predict if Ben Affleck will win or fail. Any actor that takes this role plays two characters that are completely different: Batman and Bruce Wayne. No actor has played both roles well to match the Batman/Bruce of the comics. You’ll probably hear that Keaton played a good Batman and a so-so Bruce; Kilmer and Clooney were terrible as both; and Bale played a great Bruce and a cheesy Batman. Tim Burton and Keaton had a professional history, which may be why Keaton was cast. Same with Bale working with Nolan. It is important to remember that this isn’t a Batman movie, it’s The Justice League - the focus will be divided on all the main characters.”
Well said Christian. In any profession, one must dedicate time and energy into building their craft. Having faith in Affleck’s professionalism, he might shock us all and beat out the others as the best Batman/Bruce Wayne of all time.