It’s the news that almost broke the Internet in half. In the upcoming Batman/Superman film, by Zack Snyder and David Goyer, slated for a July 2015 release, Ben Affleck has been cast as Batman.
People have been less than enthused:
Bat Damon sounds way better
— Margarita Noriega (@margarita) August 23, 2013
Maybe I’m in the minority. Maybe I’m the only one. Maybe I’m an idiot. But, you know what? I think Ben Affleck will be an excellent Batman. And here are six reasons why:
1. Ben Affleck genuinely loves comic books and superheroes.
For years, Affleck has talked about his love for comic books. From playing a fanboy in Chasing Amy to George Reeves in Hollywoodland to Daredevil himself, he demonstrates a love and, even more importantly, a respect for the world of the comic book universe. This means that he will give this role the gravitas that it deserves.
2. Ben Affleck can do dark and mysterious.
Both The Town and Argo have demonstrated Affleck’s ability to be quiet, dark, conflicted, filled with inner demons, and filled with a capacity for violence. He knows how to exude a dangerous edge and potential for explosive physicality at a moment’s notice.
3. Ben Affleck will get in shape and train for the role.
Say what you will about Daredevil, but Affleck trained 3-4 hours a night to get in shape for the role and also worked with blind trainers to try to understand what it is like to operate as a sightless person. He has the capability to bulk up and become an older, boxier Batman or trim down and go for the lithe, ninja-like Batman. Either way, he will dedicate himself to training until he has the body and skills he needs to be an effective Batman.
4. Ben Affleck understands Bruce Wayne.
The man’s worth over 75 million dollars. He could literally go out and buy a small island just for himself. He came from very humble beginnings so you know that he appreciates the position he is in now. He donates to multiple charities and is very active in helping feed families who can’t feed themselves. He’s demonstrated a playful and fun attitude and knows how to simultaneously have a good time while also being serious. With the small exception of the fact that his parents weren’t gunned down, Affleck is Bruce Wayne.
5. Ben Affleck understands Batman.
As he has grown older, Affleck has illustrated his ability to show a range of emotion. His acting in The Town, Hollywoodland, and Argo, to name a few recent films, was beyond reproach. Batman is, at his core, a tortured man who works tirelessly to prevent anyone else from suffering the way that he did. He is driven, brilliant, analytical, and obsessed to the point of madness. The character of Batman has well-defined characteristics and emotional strengths and weaknesses that can be identified and developed into such a way that Affleck will be able to easily step into the role of being Batman.
6. Ben Affleck has a lot to prove.
Time and time again, Affleck has shown that when he fails, whether it’s critically or with regards to the box office, he doesn’t run away. He practices, trains, and shows up out of nowhere, blowing expectations out of the water and surprising his harshest critics. This is likely going to be one of the biggest movies of the decade, and if there is one actor who knows the burden of meeting the needs of executives, fans, critics, and the general public, it’s Ben Affleck. He’s earned respect and trust by working hard and providing excellent examples of his dedication and skills, and I can’t wait to see him as Batman.
So there you go. Six solid, incontrovertible reasons that Ben Affleck will make an excellent Batman. And I managed to write this entire post without saying that Affleck was the bomb in Phantoms!
In the end, though, I urge everyone to stop getting so ridiculously stupid about this. It’s just a movie, and even then, there are talented people working on it, and maybe if we had faith in the process instead of being whiny nitpickers, we’ll be able to enjoy a fun, breathtaking action movie that makes us all happy.
Finally, even though this is not a court of law, the court of public opinion can be much harsher, so I’ll just say this: Innocent until proven Gigli.