Affleck Cast as Batman in "Man of Steel 2"
BY COLLIN LOY ON SEPTEMBER 20, 2013
He’s Batman. But it’s not who you expected. Ben Affleck will play Batman in the 2015 movie “Man of Steel 2,” according to Warner Brothers Studio. The sequel to this past summer’s hit movie Man of Steel, starring Henry Cavill, will feature other star actors such as Amy Adams and Laurence Fishburne.
But enough about all the boring stuff. Now for the whole reason you came here. At first, I was a little “unhappy” with the decision to bring in Affleck. I loved “The Dark Knight Rises” and thought Christian Bale played the role of the Dark Knight really well.
I thought he did a good job throughout the whole series. From Batman Begins, where Bruce Wayne’s journey to become the Batman begins with the death of his parents and his battles against Ra’s al Ghul, then to The Dark Knight where Batman has his clashes with probably the most famous villain, “The Joker.” Finally ending the trilogy with The Dark Knight Rises, my personal favorite of the three. So Bale playing as Batman stuck for me. It made sense to me for him to be Batman. Although it is funny now to watch him play little, yet mature Jack Kelly from the musical movie, Newsies.
But the thought of having another Batman seemed unnatural and foolish to me. Again, this was my first reaction to the news, and after some serious “Batman consideration,” I’m starting to lean more into the direction of this new guy Affleck.
In 2003, Affleck played a superhero called Daredevil, and wow it was a pretty sorry movie. Yet, not all of it was his fault. The movie was good for Affleck, and it gave him a good feel on superhero movies and what to expect. The plot and storyline to the movie never made much sense either. So at least he’s been in a superhero movie before, right?
Right you are. He also played TV’s superman, George Reeves, in the movie Hollywoodland. Also, the age of Affleck’s character in the movie Argo will somewhat resemble Batman’s age in “Man of Steel 2.” He can fit the aged, but wise Bruce Wayne. Plus, let’s face it. The dude’s in stellar condition.
Another reason I think Affleck will do well in this movie is that Kevin Smith will be mentoring and guiding him along the way. This guy knows his stuff when it comes to comic books. And Batman. Smith has his own line of Batman comic books, runs a podcast on the subject of Batman and has enough guidance to steer Affleck to the path of success.
All-in-all, it’ll be a good movie. A movie everyone is going to see. I mean Man of Steel made $649 million worldwide. So it did well in theatres. Now add Batman, a couple of famous villains like “The Riddler” and you have, what should be, an action-thriller movie. Plus, rumor has it Justin Timberlake wants to audition for the role of “The Riddler.”
What I’m saying is, give Affleck a chance. He’s been around long enough to know what he’s doing. I think he will fit the role well, and Cavill and himself will do a great job in a soon-to-be box office success.