According to Variety, Warner Brothers has their new Dark Knight – and it will be Ben Affleck. The “bomb in Phantoms yo” is to replace Christian Bale in the franchise, and will co-star alongside Henry Cavill as in the upcoming Batman vs. Superman crossover film slated as the direct sequel to Man Of Steel.
I’m surprised at this revelation. First off, I’ve never been able to picture Affleck as Bruce Wayne, much less Batman – his demeanor really doesn’t fit the characterization. That being said, Affleck has shown to be adaptable in some of his movies, so this might be an interesting result.
However, my real surprise is how “early” it feels for this casting announcement. While the Batman vs. Superman film is slated for a 2015 release, it feels awful early (to me, anyway) for WB to put all their eggs in a single basket. As a matter of fact, despite the news release from Variety, at the time of writing this, I still can’t find any official press release from Warner Bros. verifying this news. Pardon my skepticism. [Update, there are official statements from WB president and director Zack Snyder.]
“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,” WB president Greg Silverman said in a statement.
“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,” Snyder said in a statement. “I can’t wait to work with him.”
So, Daredevil is now Batman? We’ll see how this pans out. Let us know your thoughts below. Is this a good move by Warner? What do you think Affleck will bring to the role?