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Ben Affleck To Star In Next Bat Flick

batmanThe question that has been repeated almost to an extent of nausea ever since Comic-Con this year has finally been answered with the revelation that Ben Affleck is to be the new Batman. Many people have been left flabbergasted at the choice with stars such as Armie Hammer, Jon Hamm and even for a time Orlando Bloom rumored to take up the cape and cowl. Alot of criticism has been poured out over the internet by fan boys incensed Warner Brothers and Zack Snyder could come to such a decision. With the negatives of this decision plastered all over social media let me present you with some positives before the four horsemen of the apocalypse are sighted filling over Warner brothers.

In every Batman movie preceding this , Batman has for the most part been going solo. Of course he teamed up with Robin in two of Joel Schumacher’s infamous Batman movies and Bat girl in the latter of Schumacher’s embarrassments but he’s never been in a movie where he has had to team up with somebody of equal footing such as Superman. When Casting Batman this time around they needed somebody who could build an exciting rapport with Henry Cavill. When you look at Affleck’s career one of his biggest strengths is forming charming and dynamic relationships with his male co-stars such as he has with Matt Damon, Jason Lee, Bruce Willis etc. He can play the straight man, the funny man or a mix of both and works very well with someone he can have a good back and forth with.

Also Affleck has been a fantastic director and a huge asset for Warner Bros especially this year bringing them the best picture Oscar. So dont be surprised if Affleck bags a producer role in the film too. How is this a PRO? Well Affleck has a huge pool of talent he has worked with recently who can be great assets to the movie. One that comes to mind in particular is Bryan Cranston. Argo is the biggest movie Bryan Cranston has ever been in and his role in it will be a huge help in his transition from Breaking Bad. The majority of the fan boys criticizing Affleck are also the vocal contingant praying for Cranston to be the next Lex Luthor. With Affleck’s involvement the odds of Cranston full filling  this nerd prophecy has drastically increased.

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Ben Affleck has crucial experience as he was the man to take on the crimson mantle of Daredevil in the man without fears first live-action movie. Now I understand that Daredevil is not everybody’s favourite movie and for many people it was squandered opportunity to do something great with a great character. For all the faults Daredevil had Ben Affleck certainly wasn’t one of them. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that Ben Affleck was probably the best thing about that movie even though I have an unapologetic love for Colin Farrell’s Bullseye. I’m sure a lot of comic purists will crucify me for saying this but the characters Daredevil and Batman have a lot of overlapping fundamental character traits. The most prominent of these being the way they choose to intimidate the criminal underworld, using fear and superstition to create an almost supernatural presence for evil-doers to beware. With almost a decade more acting experience he can take the best parts of his daredevil performance to create a Batman I personally would be very interested in seeing.

Finally I want to finish with a word of warning for those who think they know better than people paid millions of dollars solely to make these kinds of decisions, most of the time when the Internet gets into a huge uproar over one of their favorite characters being portrayed by someone they deem unworthy they usually end up looking pretty stupid when the film comes out. Probably the biggest outrage there has ever been to a casting decision was back over 20 years ago when Michael Keaton was cast as Batman in the Dark knight’s first real taste of the silver screen. Tensions were close to that of the Cold War as the doubters of that day refused to believe that “Beetlejuice” could possibly do justice to comics darkest protagonist. Then the movie came out and it was clear that Michael Keaton was a fantastic Batman and his rendition is still closely debated with Christian Bale’s as to which is the greatest of all time. Sticking to the Batman pantheon itself the greatest portrayal of any comic book character on the big screen is unquestionably Heath Ledger’s Oscar-winning performance as the Joker. However when Heath Ledger was announced as the clown prince of crime the Internet erupted in a similar fashion that it has over the past 24 hours slandering Christopher Nolan and Warner Brothers for making such a “stupid decision”. No one could believe the guy from A Knight’s Tale could even come close to matching Jack Nicholson as the Joker. Now Nicholson barely gets any recognition or credit for his portrayal of the Joker and Heath Ledger has been elevated to godlike status in the nerd community.

Would Ben Affleck be my first choice? No. However I trust the powers that be and especially Zack Snyder that they have made the best possible choice. Christian Bale was never an option, and of all the names rumoured since that goosebump inducing announcement at Hall H of comic con Ben Affleck seems as good as any of them and a lot better than most.

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