I hate this genre but you have my sympathy, fanboys: You guys deserve better than this. And judging from Twitter reaction last night after the news broke, literally everyone — everyone — agrees. As Ben Domenech said, if you’re casting for a brooding, brilliant millionaire who channels his dark inner torment into superheroics, naturally your thoughts turn to … Ben Affleck.
Ben Affleck will join Henry Cavill in Warner Bros.’ Man of Steel sequel, the studio announced on Thursday…
The announcement comes a decade after Affleck’s largely disappointing Daredevil, the 20th Century Fox pic based on the Marvel character. Released in 2003, the film grossed $180 million worldwide on a budget of about $80 million…
“We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics’ most enduringly popular superheroes, and Ben Affleck certainly 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,” said Greg Silverman, Warner Bros.’ president of creative development and worldwide production.
Added Snyder: “Ben provides an interesting counterbalance 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 retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne. I can’t wait to work with him.”
AV Club wants them to call the movie “The Dark Knight Looks Wicked Pissed Off Tonight, I’d Definitely Give Him Some Space, Charlene.” Look at it this way: If you hate Affleck as Batman, imagine how bad you’ll feel when Disney casts him as Han Solo Jr.
But maybe this is how it needs to be. The Batman franchise is forever being pulled towards campiness, sometimes successfully (the Adam West version in the 60s) and sometimes disastrously (the Clooney-fied A-list kitsch of “Batman and Robin”). You’ve got the Dark Knight, and then you’ve got a hammy rich guy in tights dressed up as a bat. After Nolan turned the Batman narrative into high drama, we were due for a correction. Sticking the character in a movie with Superman is goofy enough, in a “King Kong versus Godzilla” kind of way, that you really needn’t worry too much about miscasting. I only wish they went whole hog with the idea and cast Mark Wahlberg as Supes. Make it the first southie superhero movie.
Exit question via Matt Lewis: Why would Affleck, who won major respect as a talented director for “Argo,” set himself up for this?