Why Ben Affleck Should Or Shouldn’t Play Batman

film reviews | movies | features | BRWC 56th BFI London Film Festival: Day 8

By Matthew May.

As soon as it was announced there was instant uproar, twitter was ablaze with fiery snipes at arguably one of the finest actors around at the moment all because he was to step in to the role of Batman. The majority of people would say this was justified criticism, I am sure you’ve read the comments, even laughed at the jokes, especially the thought of Matt Damon playing Robin, but lets look in to this a little bit more.

Lets start with the view of the masses, lets explore the outrage at Ben Affleck as Batman. According to the petition, that’s right an actual petition, the people want someone who is built and intimidating which are fair points. He’s not built like Christian Bale, he isn’t as intimidating on screen as Huw Jackman and he doesn’t have the acting swagger per say of George Clooney. However, if you agree with the petition and are one of the people against Affleck playing this role then I ask you to open your mind slightly for the next words and look at the bigger picture, that bigger picture being the fact that this film will be set in Superman’s world, not Nolan’s dark knight world. Forget the obvious; he’s an Oscar-winning actor, his roles in The Town and Argo were outstanding, he has the acting capabilities to nail the role of Bruce Wayne but it is clear that the producers don’t want someone built and intimidating, they want someone wiser, mature in look than Superman to emphasise the story behind these juggernauts.



Charles Roven has said that he wanted a ‘battle-weary hero’ which you can completely understand in comparison to the clean-cut young buck Superman. This being said who doesn’t want action in a Super-hero movie, it goes without saying that we want the fight and people feel as though Affleck just doesn’t fit the ‘action guy’ role which to is justified but Ben Affleck can always beef up, yet an ‘action guy’ wont add the intriguing dimension to Bruce Wayne that Affleck will.

I cannot end this without mentioning the comic con reveal as I found the line ‘I want you to remember Clark, in all the years to come, in your most private moments, I want you to remember my hand at your throat, I want you to remember the one man who beat you’ as psychological as it is physical, a tell-tale sign of how this story will develop I feel.

In my honest opinion I’m not saying Affleck will prove everyone wrong but I am saying give the guy a chance to show us something different. You’ve read my opinion so let me know yours @mattmay89.


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Alton loves film. He is founder and Editor In Chief of BRWC.  Some of the films he loves are Rear Window, Superman 2, The Man With The Two Brains, Clockwise, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Trading Places, Stir Crazy and Punch-Drunk Love.

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