by Haylee Fisher (@haylee_fisher)

Ben Affleck will soon be pitted against Henry Cavill onscreen. That’s because he has been chosen to play Batman in the Man of Steel sequel, teased at Comic-Con as Superman vs. Batman. The film is set to go into production in 2014, with Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, and Diane Lane all reprising their roles.

Following the news of his casting, the Internet was up in arms, declaring him wrong for the part and even starting petitions to have him removed from the project. But why so much outrage? Yes, he has starred in duds like Gigli and Pearl Harbor, and there’s also the fact that previous his turn as a superhero in Daredevil was not very well-received, but those critical of the news need to remember the man is an Oscar winner a few times over. Through Good Will Hunting and Argo, it can’t be denied: the man has talent.

You know who else is supporting him? Joss Whedon. If the God of the Geeks is on board, why can’t the public be as well?

All of this negativity is reminiscent of when Heath Ledger was cast as the Joker in 2006, and we all know how that turned out. Maybe Affleck will prove his detractors wrong and become a new Batman for a new age.

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  1. Brian L.August 27th, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Sure, he’s made some turkeys, but I’m actually a big fan of Ben Affleck. He’s always seemed to face creative misfires with a good attitude, and moved on from them in a positive direction. And Argo was freakin’ great. That said… It’s a really odd bit of casting, and I’m having a hard time picturing him as Batman.

  2. Debbie MossAugust 27th, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Look on the bright side. They could have chosen Matt Damon.

  3. GavinAugust 27th, 2013 at 9:53 am

    did the guy even audition? no one understands this choice of actor.

  4. Yuta (@kohyuta)August 27th, 2013 at 9:54 am

    I think he’ll do well. His most recent work has been quite good (Hollywoodland, The Town, Argo) so I think he’s turned a corner. I do think he should direct though, as I think he’s a better director than Snyder.

  5. SeanAugust 27th, 2013 at 9:57 am

    At the end of the day, the movie is going to make a lot of $$$ & (hopefully) get the DC characters back on track in terms of film & TV properties…so just sit back & enjoy the ride!

    It could be worse – Joel Schumacher could be directing!

  6. Lisa BaileyAugust 27th, 2013 at 9:57 am

    If Joss Whedon is supporting him, then I’m in 🙂

  7. AnthonyAugust 27th, 2013 at 9:58 am

    At first I was in absolute disbelief but after I thought it through and thought about some of his past few recent movies (Hollywoodland, The Town, and Argo) which were really good, I’ve decided not to jump to any conclusions. I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt and a part of me believes that he’ll give his all in the role and prove every naysayer wrong. I’ll wait to formulate an opinion until I see pics of him in the suit and see some footage. The same things were said about Michael Keaton, Heath Ledger, and Anne Hathaway when they were all cast in their respected roles and they proved every person wrong. I’m hoping for the same with Ben Affleck.

  8. Jared HarbourAugust 27th, 2013 at 10:00 am

    I am in the minority on this. I’m a fan of Ben Affleck, even all the way back to the “Kevin Smith” chapter in his career. I even liked Daredevil (yes i’m the one). I honestly don’t think it matters who WB casts, they had my money from the moment they announced the movie.

    I’m reserving judgement on the movie until I see it, something that seems a lot more rare these days.

  9. NikkiAugust 27th, 2013 at 10:01 am

    I think everyone should just wait and see before making a judgement. I remember feeling much the same way about Kelsey Grammar being cast as Beast, but then he did a truly amazing job. I’m sure there is a reason that Ben Affleck was cast; he will probably be great.

  10. BattleCabbageAugust 27th, 2013 at 10:09 am

    I think it’s worth a shot. People’s first response seems to almost always trend toward rage or euphoria. Kind of like my grandma before her morning gin. It seems there is no middle ground in Nerd world, but I suppose that comes with loving this stuff so much!

  11. ChasAugust 27th, 2013 at 10:09 am

    I’ll reserve judgement til I see it. The main problem is people expecting Bale.

  12. Chris JAugust 27th, 2013 at 10:12 am

    He’s got some chops. I’m willing to give ‘im a chance. Kind of weird, but whatever… we’ll see.

  13. LorettaAugust 27th, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Everyone went up in arms when Micheal Keaton was cast for the Cowl and he turned in a wonderful performance as the Bat. There are still rumors that Bradley Cooper of all people is up for the roll of Rocket Rocket Raccoon in Guardians, and the interwebs are in a tizzy about the Bat-casting of Ben Affleck. I’ll reserve judgement until I see him in action as Batsy.

  14. KevinAugust 27th, 2013 at 10:22 am

    I’ve been surprised many times by actors who I thought were unfit for a role. But I wouldn’t hold my breath…if Affleck were to sit under the tutelage of Kevin Conroy though…

  15. Sabrina "Asian-ish Girl"August 27th, 2013 at 10:23 am

    IMO Affleck will make a MUCH better Batman then Clooney or Kilmer even! I have always admired Affleck strong chin and batman HAS to has a strong chin as well as actin ability. NO ONE will ever beat Michael Keaton though! <3

  16. ErinAugust 27th, 2013 at 10:35 am

    I’m a little skeptical because Daredevil could have been so much better. But he might prove everyone wrong. How many people thought casting Heath Ledger as the Joker for the Dark Knight was the worst thing ever and he did an amazing job. I would have much rather seen someone else but that’s just me (i.e. Jensen Ackles)

  17. Nico RassouliAugust 27th, 2013 at 11:00 am

    I believe it’s the worst decision ever. I’m sure he will be as bad or even worse than George Clooney’s Batman. God knows there’s nothing wrong with Ben Affleck. He’s a good and talented actor and director. But he wasn’t born to be a Batman. After Man of Steel 2, I’m sure no one will remember Affleck as a Batman. We will remember Christian Bale as the best Batman ever, for the rest of our lives. Because he was the best Batman, and I’m sure there never will be, or at least I won’t be alive for the next century to see a good one. In my opinion, after Christian Bale, the most suited actor for the role of Batman is, Jim Caviezel. He has everything. The looks, the voice, the character, the body… everything. And he has proven himself in Person of Interest. I love Jim, and I have no doubt that he can be as good as Christian Bale. You can also watch this video, so you can see how good he can be in the role of both Bruce Wayne and Batman.


  18. MeghanAugust 27th, 2013 at 11:01 am

    It’s weird, but Man of Steel in itself wasn’t the best movie. Affleck might be the only reason I see the sequel.

  19. CarrieAugust 27th, 2013 at 11:06 am

    The Batman needed for Snyder’s film is a different Batman than the one Christian Bale played. Snyder’s vision of the DC world is a little different than the world Nolan built in his trilogy. Comparing whoever might have been cast as Batman for Snyder’s universe with Christian Bale’s Batman is just plain silly in my opinion.

    My gut instinct when Ben Affleck was announced as Snyder’s Batman was “hmm…interesting.” Having had time to think, I’m not so surprised by it because I now remember reading somewhere that WB approached Affleck to direct Man of Steel, but he turned it down because he was nervous about his lack of experience directing films with the kind of special effects necessary. (Don’t ask me to source this…I don’t remember.) With Affleck as Batman, that will put him close at hand to learn about that end of things so maybe we’ll get him as the director of the Justice League movie? WB isn’t just getting a Batman, but a possible director for a movie that could potentially be bigger than Whedon’s The Avengers. And Affleck has proven himself to be a great director who is wonderful at pulling great performances out of the actors he works with, himself included. My guess is that he’s learned a thing or two about acting and we’re all going to be surprised to see a competent Batman from him.

    And I’m most excited to see if he can get as impressive physically as Henry Cavill did for Superman. 🙂

  20. CurtisAugust 27th, 2013 at 11:19 am

    meah…don’t really care but it just doesn’t seem to fit him.

  21. Ryan MurrayAugust 27th, 2013 at 11:23 am

    He’ll be more than fine, especially for the rumored “older” Batman that he would be playing. Actors always have duds. ALWAYS. It’s just part of the business, and it all depends on how these actors that fall into ridicule look at their mistakes and learn from them.

    Ben Affleck learned from those mistakes and decided to try his hand at directing. He’s got three Oscar nominated movies under his belt, making him 3-for-3 in his directorial resume. Anyone who has seen “Gone Baby Gone”, “The Town”, or “Argo” can attest to the fact that Ben Affleck knows what he’s doing behind the camera, and undoubtedly that maturity has also been thrust into his actual movie roles.

    He’s able to pull himself out of a scene, understand the characterization, and apply it. Any immaturity he might’ve had in those early duds has been damn near eliminated over the last 5 to 8 years.

    Don’t forget that Affleck is a huge, HUGE comic book fan. This is undoubtedly a dream come true for Ben, he knows how rabid comic book fans are. He knows he can’t screw it up, and I’d be willing to bet my salary that he’s not only beefing up in the gym but also turning the pages of the hundreds of Batman books out there.

    I can only hope that we get a Batman film in the future with him directing. One that hopefully pulls a little of the detective work from “Gone, Baby, Gone” and mixes it with the slow-burn intensity that was “Argo”. Then pepper in some of that insane third act action from “The Town” and how can you NOT be excited for Ben Affleck as Batman?

  22. Jesse McGroryAugust 27th, 2013 at 11:26 am

    I’m all for actors trying to broaden the roles they play. I’m not a fan of typecasting.

  23. Sarah GraceAugust 27th, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Totally loved Ben Affeck in GIGLI, as low-level Los Angeles mob enforcer. IDGAF if everyone else hated Gigli, it entertained me more than some hip trendy big budget films out there, and the DVD sits proudly in my collection. I think Ben will make a most excellent Batman.

  24. FranciscoAugust 27th, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    I really like Ben Affleck, even in silly movies. My problem is I don’t think he is the best choice for a rugged, older beefier Batman as the Batman in Frank Miller’s story. My first choice would be Bruce Willis, as close to John Hartigan in Sin City as possible.

  25. Anthony RodriguezAugust 27th, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    I can give ben a chance. I mean he is getting backlash because of what happened in daredevil, and i think it was more of the writers and producers than his fault. The past is the past, he has done really good movies over the years, and I am looking forward to see what happens in this sequel.

  26. MauryAugust 27th, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    I’ve never been a huge fan of Ben Affleck, but I don’t dislike him either. I think all the negative attention that he is receiving is unfair before we even see what he can do with the character. For me, the issue isn’t him per se, but how many different actors have played Batman. Christian Bale brought some continuity to the role, but having yet another actor step in to the role now almost ruins it for me. I know the same has happened to the James Bond character but somehow for me, Batman is different.

  27. FeliciaAugust 27th, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    I’ve always been a fan of Affleck. Even through Pearl Harbor and Daredevil (although I’ve never seen Gigli). I know he is an amazing actor with some flubs, but I am curious to see how he does in this part.

  28. ErickaAugust 27th, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    I think he’ll be a pretty good batman. I mean all you have to do is wear the suit and have the voice. Even if it sucks I’ll still watch it.

  29. robert christieAugust 27th, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    i think he will be good in the part. he has the look for the dark knight .

  30. VictoriaAugust 28th, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Didn’t actually care for “Man of Steel” and aside from Batman himself, I’m not really a DC girl (gimme a good Marvel hero any day) so I’m not overly attached to this franchise. Ben Affleck is a decent actor and while I do have my reservations about him being “right” for this part – I’m sure he’ll do a credible job. Anyway, he couldn’t be worse than Val Kilmer or George Clooney.

    Now, how do we talk Matt Damon into putting on that red & green Robin unitard?

  31. Mattie KornetaAugust 28th, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    I’m actually really interested in Batfleck and to see what he does with the character. He’s a talented actor with a lot of varied work behind him, and I think he’ll bring a lot to the table. Besides, Nolan did have a say, and I trust Nolan and Joss Whedon, so I’m good.

    Honestly what do you think people thought when Mr. Mom was cast as Batman? And Michael Keaton did a good job!

  32. gregSeptember 1st, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    I still think Karl Urban would be better for the role of Batman/ Bruce Wayne. 1. He has been in a ton of action movies which proofs he can play Batman. 2. Also he played Bones in Star Trek which in my mind is proofs he can play the Bruce Wayne part of it too. 3. He has the voice for Batman also which is shown in Dredd with his Dredd voice.

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