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Ben Affleck as Batman – will it work?

Since it was announced at Comic Con that Batman and Superman would be appearing in a big screen battle together, there has been speculation over who will be taking over the cowl. Last week it was announced that Ben Affleck will be taking on the role of Batman in the Man of Steel sequel, provisionally titled Batman vs Superman, set to be released in 2015.

The news made the Internet blow up with nay-sayers, with many believing that Affleck does not fit with the idea of Batman. Of course, director Zack Snyder disagrees with them, saying:

“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 agree with Snyder, and believe that Affleck will make a great Batman.

In recent years, Affleck has really proved his worth both in front and behind the camera, and moved away from his first go at a superhero – remember the failed attempt at Daredevil? But now, he's older and wiser and even has the right look for Batman. The caped crusader is tall with black hair and blue eyes. Okay, Affleck doesn't have the blue eyes, but close enough! Maybe he doesn't have the same brawn as Christian Bale, but that's nothing a few hours at the gym can't change.

With previous experience as a superhero, it won't be much of a stretch for Affleck to step into the role. Although Daredevil is considered by most to be a cinematic failure of a comic book adaptation, it shows that Affleck has been cast as a superhero before so why not again? Even if he is crossing from Marvel to DC! Plus, as Batman said in The Dark Knight Rises, “A hero can be anyone”; and anyone can play Batman – just look in the comics, there have been seven incarnations of the character! It all depends on how well Affleck plays Bruce Wayne. As he's good at playing the intelligent, caring character, stepping into the role should be a breeze.

Even with thousands, maybe even millions of people doubting Affleck's ability, they'll still go and see the film, just to see whether he's a success or failure. Just remember, arguably in part due to the hype around The Dark Knight because of Heath Ledger's untimely death, the film brought in $1 billion worldwide. Not only that, millions of people hated the idea of Ledger as the Joker but now we wouldn't imagine anyone else in the role. This time around, it'll have Batman, Superman AND a brand new actor to test out – this has success written all over it.


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