| In Defense Of Ben Affleck
Thursday 24th April 2014,

In Defense Of Ben Affleck

A post by Greg Nell.

Reactions to the announcement that Ben Affleck has been cast as Batman in the upcoming Superman/Batman film have been… wildly out of proportion, to say the least. We’ve even gotten to the point where people have started an online petition (you know, those thing people ask you to sign that no one ever pays attention to) to have him removed from the role.

Now, granted Affleck probably wouldn’t have been my first choice but I’m not really sure why people seem to think it’s the worst piece of casting to ever happen ever (That would be this by the way). Sure he was in Armageddon but we’ve been giving Bruce Willis a free pass on that for years, I think we can let it slide for Ben just this once.


From what I can see the problem seems to be that people feel Affleck just isn’t up to the standard set by Christian Bale in the last few Batman movies. To this I say: Fantastic! Honestly, while there are an awful lot of good things to say about Christopher Nolan’s Batman Trilogy (There’s also a lot of bad things, but that’s a different article) Christian Bale’s performance has never been one of them. I know that’s not a popular opinion but I honestly feel if you look back at those film’s you’ll find that all the really good bits have nothing to do with Bale.

Personal bias aside, I think it’s best to reserve judgement till we start seeing footage from the film. I remember back in the heady days of 2006 when this guy


was cast as the Joker and nobody(myself included) thought it was a good idea. Of course on the other hand, I think everyone felt pretty good about the casting of this guy


as Bane, and we all know how that turned out.

At the end of the day no casting is ever going to satisfy everyone. Especially when it’s for a character as versatile as Batman, who means something a little different to everyone. So perhaps let’s put our pitchforks and torches away till we’ve at least seen something from the upcoming film to actually get upset about. I mean, what’s the worst that could happen?


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  1. Robert August 28, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    *slow clap*

    About time. Said it before and will say it again, I think that Affleck should have been cast ages ago. He looks the Bruce Wayne, will fill the suit perfectly… just will he pull off the Bat? Time will tell… but I’m quite pleased with this casting – as a Batman fan!

  2. Yusuf August 28, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    I’d +1 this if there was a +1 button, I’ve been thinking the same thing since all this fuss started. BTW, Love your site, visit it at least once a day to see what’s new. Yusuf here from GDC

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