Daredevil (Oops, I Mean Ben Affleck) Will Be Batman In “Man Of Steel 2”

Okay, before we go any further, just stand still and take a deep breath.

You still with me?  Good.  Hold on to your rancheros, this is going to be crazy.

Just hours ago, breaking details emerged about the upcoming sequel to Man Of Steel featuring a rebooted Batman.  The part has been cast, and the new man is…

Ben Affleck.

Didn’t see that coming, didja now?  With names like Josh Brolin, Joe Mangiello, and Jon Hamm swirling around, I don’t think anybody expected the part to be cast this suddenly or abruptly.  Then again though, casting news like this isn’t naturally to be expected, now is it?

Greg Silverman, President of Creative Development at Warner Bros., said this at the announcement of the new Bruce Wayne/Batman:

“We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics’ most enduringly popular Super Heroes, 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.”

Zack Snyder on Ben Affleck’s casting:

“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 retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne.  I can’t wait to work with him.”

If we’re talking about Zack Snyder’s vision, Affleck certainly fits the bill.  Knowing that this sequel is partially inspired by Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns”, Snyder needed an older, more hardened actor to play an older, hardened Bruce Wayne.  With Affleck staring in gritty, hard-edged crime thrillers such as State Of Play, The Town, and recently Argo, I would definitely say he has the chops to play both the charming playboy and seasoned crime-fighter that Snyder needs for his picture.  Congratulations on his casting.  I look forward to seeing how he does.

What are your opinions?  Are you happy that Ben Affleck is the new Batman?  Or are you furious that they didn’t stick with a younger, lesser known actor like Henry Cavill was to Superman?  Or do you just wish that Christian Bale would return for the cowl one more time?

Whatever it is, comment below, let me know.

“He’s the hero we deserve, but not the one it needs right now.”

-Commissioner James Gordon

Source: Warner Bros, The Huffington Post

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