Ben Affleck to Play Batman in MAN OF STEEL Sequel; Film Set to Open July 17, 2015

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He’s previously played a blind do-gooder in the 2003 Marvel/Fox production of Daredevil, but it looks as if Ben Affleck will be switching comic book allegiances and cowl colors to play Bruce Wayne/Batman in the untitled Man of Steel sequel.  Henry Cavill will return to lead the film, which brings Superman and Batman together for the first time on screen, and is set to open July 17, 2015.  Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane will also reprise their roles.  Hit the jump for all the details.

ben-affleck-batman-man-of-steel-sequelAffleck now has played Matt Murdock/Daredevil as well as George Reeves playing Superman in Hollywoodland (image below).  Now he’ll follow in the footsteps of Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney and Christian Bale to don the cape and cowl.  A promising quote from the following press release paints this version of Batman as “a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter”.  In other words, we likely won’t be seeing another origin story for Bats, thankfully.  Another possibility to keep an eye on in the future is that Affleck would likely become folded into the franchise, opening up an opportunity for him to star and direct the eventual Justice League film.  Lots of folks will immediately point to his performance in Daredevil and raise an eyebrow at this casting, but it’s been 10 years (and another Oscar win) since that picture.  Affleck has weathered criticism in the past and come out the better for it.  I, for one, will wait to see his actual performance before making a judgment call one way or the other.

Read the full press release from Warner Bros. below:

Ending weeks of speculation, Ben Affleck has been set to star as Batman, a.k.a. Bruce Wayne.  Affleck and filmmaker Zack Snyder will create an entirely new incarnation of the character in Snyder’s as-yet-untitled project—bringing Batman and Superman together for the first time on the big screen and continuing the director’s vision of their universe, which he established in “Man of Steel.”  The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.
The studio has slated the film to open worldwide on July 17, 2015.
Last month’s surprise announcement of the new movie featuring both Superman and Batman created a wave of excitement and immediately fueled discussion and debate—among fans as well as in the media—about who would put on the cape and cowl of Bruce Wayne’s alter ego.
Snyder successfully re-imagined the origin of Clark Kent/Superman in the worldwide blockbuster “Man of Steel,” which has earned more than $650 million worldwide to date, and climbing.  The director will now create an original vision of Batman and his world for the film that brings the two DC Comics icons together.
Affleck will star opposite Henry Cavill, who will reprise the role of Superman/Clark Kent.  The film will also reunite “Man of Steel” stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.
In the announcement, Silverman stated, “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.  His outstanding career is a testament to his talent and we know he and Zack will bring new dimension to the duality of this character.”
Snyder also expressed his excitement about the casting of Affleck, noting, “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.  I can’t wait to work with him.”
Kroll added, “We are so thrilled that Ben is continuing Warner Bros.’ remarkable legacy with the character of Batman.  He is a tremendously gifted actor who will make this role his own in this already much-anticipated pairing of these two beloved heroes.”
Affleck recently starred in the Academy Award®-winning Best Picture “Argo,” which he also directed and produced, earning acclaim and a BAFTA Award nomination for his performance in the film, as well as a number of directing honors.  In 2010, he starred in and directed the hit crime thriller “The Town.”  His recent acting work also includes “The Company Men,” “State of Play,” and “Hollywoodland,” for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor.  Earlier in his career, Affleck starred in and co-wrote (with Matt Damon) “Good Will Hunting,” for which he won an Oscar® for Best Original Screenplay.
The new Super Hero film is being scripted by David S. Goyer from a story he co-created with Zack Snyder.  Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan and Wesley Coller serving as executive producers.
Production is expected to begin in 2014.
The film is based on Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster, and Batman characters created by Bob Kane, published by DC Entertainment.

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  • Nate

    Tell me it’s April 1st and my calendar is fucked up. Please, somebody.

    • szadkowski

      That was my first thought.

      • BATffleck1

        “BATffleck”- You heard it here FIRST folks ;)

      • BATffleck2

        “What the hell are you?!”
        -”I’m the GODDAMNED BATFFLECK!”

      • Lex Walker

        Please, Twitter got there within minutes of the news. Reddit within seconds.

      • Guest

        I’M THE GODDAMNED TWITTER

      • Guest

        I’M THE GODDAMNED TWITTER

  • Alex McCracken

    I really REALLY want to make a hollywoodland joke… but I got nuthin.’

    • Nolan B. Horan

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAALOLOLOLOLOL,. See what Nolan has done to your precious Batman you Nolanite nut huggers? HAHAHAHAHHAAHHAHAHAHAHA. I told yall he was a sell out punk bitch. AHHAHAHAHHAHA. Now apologize mo fuckers!

      • junierizzle

        Apologize for what? Affleck is more than capable. I love this choice.

      • Nolan B. Great

        Hey buddy! Only God Forgives was hooooooooorrrrriiibblllleee!!!!!!!!

      • Nolan B. Great

        What does only god forgives have to do with anything? Nothing cause I’m a Nolan dick licker and can’t mount a legit defence of my messiah.

      • Nolan B. Great

        Oh, and i like to talk to myself! All that bladder juice has really gone to my head! LULZ! ;-)

      • GrimReaper07

        I personally loved Only God Forgives. It’s the absolute opposite of Man of Steel and has nothing to do with it, but hey, I don’t think you cared about that when you posted.

      • hunjee

        calm down f.aggot.

      • Nolan B. Horan

        You guys are Hi-Larious! Also, does you by any chance know if there is a Chris Nolan impersonator that i can hire to come to my house, gather my family in the living room, drop his pants and start pissing in my open mouth while yelling “ACTION”? I’d really like that, in fact, i’m pretty sure that it’ll be the best birthday ever! I’m willing to pay $300 cash. $350 if he can make it taste like asparagus.

      • Griz

        Just like my mama!

      • marrowbonez

        Why do you keep posting the same stupid shit? You’ve been doing it for months. Do you have some weird, piss-fetish or is this the extent of your humor? I swear, I’ve see the same post at least 4 times over the past year.
        We get it, you don’t like Nolan fanboys. How about some new material? This is simply not clever or funny enough to warrant the amount of times you posted it.

      • Voice of Reason

        @ Marrowbonez,
        It’s someone who keeps cutting and pasting a response to the Nolan hater. It’s pretty obvious it’s not him posting the same response. I think the guy who posts it lost an argument with the Nolan hater guy and now he’s too afraid to confront him directly. Pretty sad imo.

      • GrimReaper07

        He’s made an amazing trilogy. That’s it. He’s not involved in this movie. He WAS in the previous one, and I’m shocked that he approved of that script, but whatever.

    • junierizzle

      Yeah, because he was great in that movie.

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  • Lance

    Ha ha! Nolan’s looking pretty good now, to EVERYBODY!

    • Nerdgasm

      False. His interpretation of Batman sucked. Can’t wait for this.

      • Lex Walker

        Nolan: I think I’ll go all realistic and thus dispense with half of Batman’s rogue’s gallery.

      • McKealty

        Maybe you should understand Nolan’s role in MoS, first. I dunno.

      • Lex Walker

        I do understand his role in MOS. I was talking about his role in the Batman series he directed/wrote.

      • junierizzle

        Yeah, because no one liked The Dark Knight, right?

      • Lex Walker

        Did I say that? I simply inferred that a “totally realistic Batman” requires throwing out a huge chunk of Batman lore.

      • Homer Lannister

        Yes because putting in 8 of batman’s greatest villains across three films is dispensing half the rogues gallery. Unless you wanted a spider-man 3 clusterfuck with 6-7 villains a movie. -__-

      • Lex Walker

        Did I say that? I simply inferred that a “totally realistic Batman” requires throwing out a huge chunk of Batman lore.

      • Agent777

        Uh, I’m counting 9 Batman foes he adapted… so what the f%&k are you talking about? You must be the type who complains when there 1 villain, then complains that there 2 in the sequel.
        Goldilocks.

      • GrimReaper07

        Let’s see. He used: Scarecrow, Joker, Ra’s Al Ghul, Bane, Talia al Ghul, Catwoman and Two Face. That’s seven villains for 3 movies. I think he did well. Also, Batman’s best comics are fairly grounded. It only made sense for the movies to be too.

      • Guest

        They were pretty significantly altered to make them ‘realistic’ though. In the comics, Joker has poisons that make people laugh, Ra’s Al Ghul has a pit that resurrects the dead, Bane fuels himself with a toxin that makes him stronger, and Scarecrow is usually always different lol.

      • Kevin

        They were pretty significantly altered to make them ‘realistic’ though. In the comics, Joker has poisons that make people laugh, Ra’s Al Ghul has a pit that resurrects the dead, Bane fuels himself with a toxin that makes him stronger, Catwoman has seven lives, and Scarecrow is usually always different lol. Personally, I’d like to see some these interpretations in a new film(not including the Tim Burton movies and in a movie not made by Joel Schumacher). Just look at the Arkham City games. They are more true to the comics and are very successful. I don’t know why they are afraid of these character traits. They should embrace more supernatural elements, it will get rid of a lot of the limits on their characters.

      • GrimReaper07

        I’m not a Batman expert. I only have The Dark Knight Returns, Year One, The Killing Joke and The Long Halloween. That said, I’m never one to care too much about being faithful to source. Yeah, all those villains you mentioned do have those little supernatural elements, but IMO those don’t really define them. If you take those things out, it doesn’t change who they are. The Arkham games are great and really faithful to the comics, but they also fall short on character development. Characters like Mr. Freeze, Penguin and Bane are nothing more than plot points and obstacles.

        What I’m trying to say is that Nolan’s Batman trilogy might not be the most faithful adaption of Batman, but it retains what makes him great while giving a little twist to the universe. The Dark Knight is as good or better than any of the graphic novels I’ve read of the character.

      • Kevin

        I also love the Dark Knight trilogy (even Rises which is popular to hate). I just think that if WB is going to continue to alter characters to make them realistic, they will be missing out on opportunities for unique characters and situations.

      • GrimReaper07

        Yeah maybe. I dunno, I think those things might be interesting visually but I kind of prefer the more realistic approach. For the more fantastical comic book adaptions you’ve always got Marvel. I’m just praying that Snyder and Goyer know that they did many things wrong in MoS and try to learn from them. I’d hate to see the first pairing between Superman and Batman on the big screen to be mediocre or bad.

      • Kevin

        Agreed.

      • McKealty

        OOOO, the contrarian speaks!

      • Nolan is a whorish fake

        Many consider Rises to be a piece of Shite and it’s self evident from the film itself pube eater!

      • McKealty

        You mad, bro?

      • Lulz are fun

        No but you clearly are jumping to Nolan’s defense white knight style. You his lover? Aka Jon Nolan. LULZ!

      • McKealty

        Let’s do some math, bro!

        88% people did not consider it a piece of “Shite”. That means only %12 didn’t like the movie…and out of those %12 how many completely hated it?

        That’s out of 1 million thirty-six thousand seven hundred ninety one reviews. FYI 1 million is a BIG number, not a small one.

        It received a 4.3 out of a possible 5. 4.3 is closer to 5 than 3, 2 or even 1. FYI, 1 or 2 would probably lean into the “most people” column.

        I also won’t bother going into the actual place upon where it sits at the all time grossing list.

        But, when it comes to little minds, like you (pube eater was perfect in illustrating such a concept) my guess is that when you spew hyperbole like “Many” it mean you and your community college car pool partner.

      • Lol @ fanboys

        @mckealty:disqus
        Yes, cause the hive mind at Rotten tomatoes is the definitive say on what qualifies as good movies. Appeal to authority is a fallacy but you would know that if you weren’t an ignorant sack of monkey shite! Lulz at the fanboy’s flopsweat.
        Rises rep gets worse every year and yall will look foolish defending it five years from now when it’s universally regarded as one of the worst pieces of shit ever to disgrace cinemas.

      • McKealty

        Dang, you got me. Rotten Tomatoes was a bad choice to use to talk about movie reviews.

        You’re the go to guy on movies. My bad.

        That was awesome the way you typed “lulz”. You must be part of the awesome “hacker collective” known as “anonymous”.

        And you’re right, Dark Knight is definitely going to be considered the worst movie ever made…especially over movies like Howard The Duck, Alf, Fletch etc.

        You are an amazing film mind.

      • Nathan

        The film is 87% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, a 78 on Metacritic, was in AFI Top Ten of 2012, and in the IMDB Top 50 Films Of All Time. So, get a better argument. You and anyone else can always not like any movie, but that doesn’t mean much.

      • Nathan

        The film is 87% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, a 78 on Metacritic, was in AFI Top Ten of 2012, and in the IMDB Top 50 Films Of All Time. So, get a better argument. You and anyone else can always not like any movie, but that doesn’t mean much.

      • Lulz are fun

        Hey, McKealty: do you by any chance know if there is a Chris Nolan impersonator that i can hire to come to my house, gather my family in the living room, drop his pants and start pissing in my open mouth while yelling “ACTION”? I’d really like that, in fact, i’m pretty sure that it’ll be the best birthday ever! I’m willing to pay $300 cash. $350 if he can make it taste like asparagus. You’re welcome to join us if you like! LULZ! ;-)

      • McKealty

        No man openly fantasizes about being urinated on by another man unless he’s trying to get it out of his system.

        Combined with your numerous comments about male on male sex acts you need to come out of the closet…it’s the year 2013, you won’t be outcast these days.

        There’s a huge community for you.

        Again, no man talks about sexual acts with another man ALL THE TIME unless they are feeling some kind of self loathing.

      • hunjee

        nolan’s batman was the best version for film, you flipping moron.

      • GrimReaper07

        As opposed to Snyder’s interpretation of Superman? I can’t take anyone who liked MoS over any of Nolan’s Batman movies seriously.

    • Nolan sold out yall

      Nolan’s responsible for this too pencil dick!

      • Lance

        Sigh… actually read the press release, Peck from Ghostbusters. Snyder’s to blame for this, not Nolan. Nolan’s not even mentioned, which should tell you something.

      • Lulz at nolanites

        Sigh…Nolan only wrote Man of Steel, godfathered the project, produced it and handed the reigns to Snyder. But yeah, he’s not responsible. Ass clown! LULZ!

      • altechi

        Well he co-wrote it, but Goyer did write the majority. Nolan hated the ending, but couldn’t do much to change it, which meant that he didn’t have much power over the movie as a whole

        I mean Spielberg produced Transformers, was he responsible for it?

      • lulz

        Obviously he was.

      • lulz

        And speaking f producing stuff, do you by any chance know if there is a Chris Nolan impersonator that i can hire to come to my house, gather my family in the living room, drop his pants and start pissing in my open mouth while yelling “ACTION”? I’d really like that, in fact, i’m pretty sure that it’ll be the best birthday ever! I’m willing to pay $300 cash. $350 if he can make it taste like asparagus. You’re welcome to join us if you like! Lulz! ;-)

      • hunjee

        nolan didn’t write jack shit it was all goyer. with that said man of steel was a fine move, and im 100% certain you were angry at matt golberg for bashing green lantern. holy crap your taste in movies suck.bwhahahahah

      • Nate B.

        Yeah, Affleck’s not nearly British enough to play an American superhero for Nolan.

      • Zaquria

        Least you didn’t have to put up with Americans trying to play British and Irish people. Mel Gibson as William Wallace? Geeezzz.

      • v_for_verisimilitude

        Kevin Costner as Robin Hood? Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher?

      • Bret

        I thought Gibson was Australian

      • Nate B.

        Yeah, Affleck’s not nearly British enough to play an American superhero for Nolan.

      • Agent777

        Theres also the studio, directors arn’t god in our film system, they are pray to studio interference.

      • hunjee

        cry a river, fa.g

      • hunjee

        cry a river, fa.g

    • $19588731

      Nolan? Maybe he would have looked better as Batman? Couldn’t have been any worse than being the guy directing the movies.

      The sooner Superman vs. Batman comes out, the sooner the Nolan films get be swept under the cinematic rug and forgotten…

      • NakedLunchSucks

        Any director is better than David Cronenberg.

      • CronenbergBlows

        Cronenberg and his not so subtle metaphorical bullshit.

  • Saltonstall

    Did people forget Daredevil exists already?

    • yerp

      It’s funny, because everyone was hoping for Brolin. I guess those people forgot about Jonah Hex. Daredevil was made in a different era of Superhero movies. Nolan and Marvel Studios raised the bar. Affleck has, like it or not; raised the bar in his own career in the same timeframe. I’m shocked he was cast, let alone even interested. I think his experience behind the camera will also play a positive role in seeing a cohesive DC Cinematic Universe come to fruition.

      • http://www.twitter.com/dsilinski Darren

        Brolin? I wanted Jon Hamm.

      • dungeons and draccus’s

        Jon Hamm so he could HAM it up with his “brooding” physique? Geez. I’d prefer Affleck to Hamm.

    • dj

      hes not the first actor to play multiple super heroes. at least they are in different universes as daredevil was marvel. look at chris evans he played the human torch IN the marvel universe in 2 movies before becoming captain america

  • pinkincide

    NERD RAGE! This will not stand.

  • ekoville

    is this a joke ? Ben Affleck seriosly ? WTF is wrong with Hollywood ? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? Ben Affleck :)))

    • JayF

      Heath Ledger was a joke too, right? And how’d that work out? only fucking amazing, NERDRAGE! GRRR!!!!

      • Lex Walker

        Except Heath Ledger had proven he was a good actor, the question was him in a villain role, or even in a superhero movie. Affleck is a completely different story.

      • hunjee

        uh you’re aware that affleck has been associated with some of the best movies in the past two decades right? he’s a fine actor and quit acting like batman require any semblance of acting range. lol. god you fanboys are such freaking retards. hahahaah

      • Lex Walker

        When directing himself, yeah, he’s fantastic. Whenever he’s performing under someone else’s direction? Pretty awful.

      • Nathan

        That is crazy talk. What about Hollywoodland, Dogma, Chasing Amy, Good Will Hunting, and so many more. He had a bad period for a few years, but the guy has always been extremely talented.

      • Lex Walker

        Yeah, Hollywoodland was good, though not really because of Affleck. He wasn’t horrible there, but he was nothing special. I love Dogma and Chasing Amy, but Affleck’s performances in both of those were extremely stiff (Chasing Amy) and lacking in personality. His line delivery is so stilted, and it’s not just Kevin Smith’s dialogue, it’s like Affleck can’t seem to string the words together in a way that sounds natural. Good Will Hunting is the only film you mentioned where I forget that Affleck is Affleck, and ironically it’s because I think it was the role where Affleck felt the most comfortable, he got to fall back into Boston speak, and that’s why it’s probably the best line delivery of his entire career: because he’s essentially just being a more Bostonized version of himself.

      • Lex Walker

        Yeah, Hollywoodland was good, though not really because of Affleck. He wasn’t horrible there, but he was nothing special. I love Dogma and Chasing Amy, but Affleck’s performances in both of those were extremely stiff (Chasing Amy) and lacking in personality. His line delivery is so stilted, and it’s not just Kevin Smith’s dialogue, it’s like Affleck can’t seem to string the words together in a way that sounds natural. Good Will Hunting is the only film you mentioned where I forget that Affleck is Affleck, and ironically it’s because I think it was the role where Affleck felt the most comfortable, he got to fall back into Boston speak, and that’s why it’s probably the best line delivery of his entire career: because he’s essentially just being a more Bostonized version of himself.

      • Nathan

        That is crazy talk. What about Hollywoodland, Dogma, Chasing Amy, Good Will Hunting, and so many more. He had a bad period for a few years, but the guy has always been extremely talented.

      • Victor Pleitez

        You have to remember he was young and probably grew out of playing terrible characters. Yeah he’s been in ass films but that was ages ago. To be honest he did an ok job with daredevil but like you said he’s been under a lot shit directing up until he started working on his own. He’s older and more experienced now. Wait till the trailer comes out or pic of him in the cowl to see how this turns out.

      • Lex Walker

        Oh, I’m definitely gonna give him a chance, I just have a problem with people saying cynicism about him in the role is unjustified. I’m skeptical but I’ll still show up to see if I was wrong or if I should eat my words. I’d be thrilled if he kicks ass, it’s just past experience that says that’s the less likely outcome. Either way, we’ll know in 2 years.

      • Victor Pleitez

        Just keep in mind that wb wouldn’t pick a weak actor to play their superhero poster boy. Trust me, in no way do they want another batman and robin. Lets all just hold hands and pray that goyer can write a much better and fascinating screen play for the actors to work with.

      • Jonboy

        I think we all have to remember something here. Christian Bale may be recognized as a great batman, but his acting wasn’t what people will remember. The villains always got better recognition for their acting. And I think Bale has a few Oscar nominations under his belt as well so Ben Affleck doesn’t look all that bad.

      • Victor Pleitez

        You have to remember he was young and probably grew out of playing terrible characters. Yeah he’s been in ass films but that was ages ago. To be honest he did an ok job with daredevil but like you said he’s been under a lot shit directing up until he started working on his own. He’s older and more experienced now. Wait till the trailer comes out or pic of him in the cowl to see how this turns out.

      • JayF

        Robert DeNiro has been utter shit in a lot of movies as well, but we know he’s a greatactor. Plus, dazed and Confused, Dogma, Mallrats, State ofPlay and Hollywoodland Affleck was good in them.
        This actually reminds me of the rage when michael Keaton got cast. He was a strictly goofy comedic actor until he got tapped to be Batman. The same exact arguments were leveled against him. He’s still the best live action batman we’ve had.

      • Conor

        Nay.

      • Lex Walker

        When directing himself, yeah, he’s fantastic. Whenever he’s performing under someone else’s direction? Pretty awful.

      • Dip

        proven actor ಠ_ಠ

        knights tale
        10 things i hate about you
        the brothers grimm
        brokeback mountain (lets face it, it wasnt a good movie)

      • lowest 1q

        For Jayf: I actually agree with most of what you said. Alot of people are raging over this news, though post gigli Affleck has been pretty good in his performances and directing has changed his outlook and approach so lets hope for the best for Batman’s sake
        For me Bale is the best,out of all the guys who have played batman/bruce wayne he was the most convincing, yes even with the voice which i personally felt fit the universe and character
        For Dip: I’m assuming you were being sarcastic that Ledger was a proven actor,if im wrong i apologize but if not then this is for you.Those are only the movies that YOU know Heath acted in. He did get a nomination for best actor for Brokeback, monsters ball he was great in(spoiler:briefly). the patriot with mel gibson, the four feathers,ned kelly. Roles such as candy and lords of dogtown showed his range as well. These are all roles he had before the age of 26,so yes quite the proven actor before TDK.

      • $19588731

        Heath Ledger WAS a joke… If the guy didn’t tragically die at a young age, I think his performance as “Joker” (if that’s who we was supposed to be portraying) would have been unintended comic legend. What was with the “James Cagney” voice and the lip-licking and stuff? I dunno…

      • lowest 1q

        It was actually a tom waits impression if anything, but hey at least you tried to sound intelligent while being ignorant,and thats’s progress!

      • JayF

        Trolls be trollin to win fake arguments.

      • $19588731

        Heath Ledger WAS a joke… If the guy didn’t tragically die at a young age, I think his performance as “Joker” (if that’s who we was supposed to be portraying) would have been unintended comic legend. What was with the “James Cagney” voice and the lip-licking and stuff? I dunno…

      • http://www.twitter.com/dsilinski Darren

        Except Ledger had Nolan directing him. Affleck will have Zach Snyder.

  • sammy

    Everyone here bitching now will be sucking his dick if he’s good E.g. Anne Hathaway, Heath ledger and Tom Hardy

    Chill out you sensitive fanboys

    • McKealty

      I agree with all of the above except Hathaway. She was boring.

      • pam

        Disagreed. Anne owned TDKR , and she received rave reviews. Haters will always hate.

      • McKealty

        I don’t hate her. I don’t even know her.

        I think she and that horsefaced Maggie Gyllenhall were terible, terrible casting decisions.

        All Hathaway did was stick her ass out on the bike and ride around.

        As yourself this: Could the movie have been made without her character? Absolutely.

        Fangirls will always love their little celebrities no matter what, I guess.

    • Lulz at Nolan’s huggers

      Hathaway and Hardy were both shite nuthugger. How dem nolan nads taste? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAh

      • McKealty

        Once again in human, please?

      • Mrs. Mckealty

        To the members who frequent these boards. I am Mrs. McKealty, McKealty’s mother. I deeply and sincerely apologize for my son’s behaviour. He rarely leaves the house and as such has become a deeply twisted freak, obsessed with megaman. I apologize that I have neglected my duties and allowed my deeply disturbed child to post on these boards. Usually, I would distract him from doing such by allowing him to eat out my rank pussy for hours on end. However, he recently stepped on a rusty tack, which gave him lock jaw. Because he can no longer lick his mother’s clam, he has recently become obsessed with Christopher Nolan, a mediocre, anti-intellectual filmmaker. Please disregard any defence he may mount for Nolan as it is the lunatic ravings of a diseased mind.

      • Mrs. Mckealty

        Also, does anybody know if there is a Chris Nolan impersonator that i can hire to come to my house, gather my family in the living room, drop his pants and start pissing in my open mouth while yelling “ACTION”? I’d really like that, in fact, i’m pretty sure that it’ll be the best birthday ever! I’m willing to pay $300 cash. $350 if he can make it taste like asparagus.

      • dungeons and draccus’s

        You people are degenerate, disgusting, loathsome trash.

      • Lulz @ Dungeons and Draccus

        Cry me a river. LULZ ;) You’re probably a republican american, the most loathsome type of scum on planet earth.

      • McKealty

        Other than your constant references to mothers and vaginas there isn’t much I can do to help you.

        Though I’m sure you’re a therapist’s wet dream.

      • hunjee

        hathaway and hardy are a branch of muslims? who knew? lol, f.ucking retard.

      • Lulz at Nolan’s huggers

        Also, does anybody know if there is a Chris Nolan impersonator that i can hire to come to my house, gather my family in the living room, drop his pants and start pissing in my open mouth while yelling “ACTION”? I’d really like that, in fact, i’m pretty sure that it’ll be the best birthday ever! I’m willing to pay $300 cash. $350 if he can make it taste like asparagus.

      • Conor

        LMAO

      • pam

        Disagree again.

    • RiddleThemThis

      Anne Hathaway did nothing for me, Tom Hardy was put into a role that I believe anyone could have done and Ledger… Ledger did a great job.

      • memphis1001

        “Tom Hardy was put into a role that I believe anyone could have done”
        I dnt know about that…giving a performance with just ur body language and eyes is pretty hard…

      • memphis1001

        “Tom Hardy was put into a role that I believe anyone could have done”
        I dnt know about that…giving a performance with just ur body language and eyes is pretty hard…

      • pam

        That is not what the critics said and her peers said.

  • NICK НΛRT

    i am 100 % ok with this

    • NICK НΛRT

      in fact i hope he also helps work on the script, because he is a far better writer than goyer

      • Jonboy

        true.. not a huge fan of Goyer … the thing is Ben Affleck is good.. maybe he could pull it off as an old superhero.. …but it’s Snyder that I’m real worried about…

      • junierizzle

        He pretty much has already in Hollywoodland. I think he’ll do just fine.

    • junierizzle

      Finally, someone who realized he isn’t dating JLO anymore.

  • altechi

    Sad that even for his huge improvement the past couple of years, people still can’t take him seriously.

    • McKealty

      Huge improvement? You mean Argo? That movie everyone was instructed to enjoy but in all reality sucked taint?

      • hunjee

        im pretty sure it won an oscar for best picture…oh what, were you hoping twilight won instead? learn how to enjoy good movies you idiot.

      • axalon

        He probably didn’t like it because it required some degree of thinking

      • Bob

        Yes, Academy Award Winner Argo, yes that film. Oh, and The Town.

    • cineast4

      Just because someone displays talent behind the camera,
      doesn’t necessarily mean they do so infront of it…

  • R-Blaze

    I don’t know what to think I am shocked, lol.

  • Mick

    Sorry, but this is why I don’t particularly like this. One, it does in fact take away from him directing another film for the next FOUR years at least (unless he does do JL slated for ’17). I like him as a director. As an actor, I still don’t think he’s that good. He’s had a ton of flops as an actor, which usually means that he’s not good at picking projects or he’s not that good at acting. But again, that’s OK because he doesn’t have to be if he directs. But then there is the whole “just look at Ledger” thing. Well, that was different because Ledger’s doubt stemmed from the fact that he had never been in a comic book adaptation, so we hadn’t seen him doing that kind of performance. Here, we have. We’ve seen Ben not only in comics before, but playing a Hero. If he was playing a villain, I would actually feel better about this, because it would be a complete switch of what he is known to play. As for the other mentions: Anne Hathaway and Tom Hardy. Well, Tom had great familiarity with the director which makes it easier to know what tone the movie is going for and as for Anne, I will partially give you but she wasn’t playing a top-billed character. Not saying I hate the choice, but I have doubts.

    • Grayden

      The casting of Ledger made me “wtf?!” for all of two seconds, then I remembered Nolan was directing the Bat-films. I had the same reaction to Bale as Wayne/Batman and was thoroughly sated by his casting. Ledger was inspired and truly one of the best casting choices made in cinematic history. I’ll reserve judgement on Affleck, only for the fact that DC isn’t Marvel and doesn’t know what the hell they are doing.

    • Jonboy

      If you compare the 3… Heath Ledger’s performance was miles ahead… Everybody’s says ‘look at Ledger’ … if you do you’d realize he was a method actor… Anne, Tom and Ben …are not… there’s the big difference..

      • Matt

        Not really true about Tom Hardy. Have you caught Bronson? The guy gets into his characters.

        Ben Affleck is definitely not a method actor. Anne I think is a good actress and I think she was fine in the role. Most fanboys I think dislike her because they don’t think these attractive. I would agree with that but acting wise I thought she was very good.

      • Jonboy

        I’ve seen Bronson. Chances are he did more research for that than he did for Bane. Let’s see Ben Affleck has like over a years worth of banter to take (and this is like the first day!). I think he’ll do his best.

      • Matt

        Not really true about Tom Hardy. Have you caught Bronson? The guy gets into his characters.

        Ben Affleck is definitely not a method actor. Anne I think is a good actress and I think she was fine in the role. Most fanboys I think dislike her because they don’t think these attractive. I would agree with that but acting wise I thought she was very good.

    • junierizzle

      Patience, young one.

  • McA

    Hey, lets just take a big, deep breath here… it could turn out ok… maybe… fingers and toes and stuff all crossed.

    Pity we’ll never see the Brolin or Hamm version. Warner Bros must really love Affleck.

    • Migz13

      Hamm as Supes and Brolin as Bats. I’m down with that.

      • McA

        Dude… I’m with ya in that perfect world.

    • LEM

      If the best they can do for Superman and Batman together in one movie is OK then that’s a huge problem.

  • ZladSupersonik

    I give Affleck the chance. He’s proved himself as a wonderful filmmaker recently, and he didn’t turn in too bad of performances in Argo and The Town. I think since everyone is up on him after Argo as a breakthrough director and then immediately scolds him as Batman is dumb. He’s trying his hand at the superhero genre once more, let the man try.

    • Arthur

      I agree! Immediately everyone is quick to judge him based on Daredevil (which personally i had more problems with the story and script than with him) and other past blunder roles but Ben Affleck has directed 3 really great movies and did indeed give good performances in those movies. I think this might really be good for him and a good direction for the new franchise.

    • McKealty

      “A wonderful filmmaker recently”?

      He made Argo. Which was shit.

      Everyone told the populace to like it so it had airs of respectability…but it was fictional garbage.

      • ZladSupersonik

        If you don’t want something fictional maybe try a documentary? Movies since the beginning of time have been about entertainment. Some films eschew the real life stories most of the time for the film advantage. I’m not an Argo apologist, but I took the movie as a movie first, and it’s great.

      • hunjee

        the town, gone baby gone…all great movies too. once again, your taste in movies absolutely suck. i remember you posting in matt goldberg’s scathing review of scary movie 5 and you were angry because you loved it. holy crap you have the worst taste in movies, LOL.

      • hunjee

        the town, gone baby gone…all great movies too. once again, your taste in movies absolutely suck. i remember you posting in matt goldberg’s scathing review of scary movie 5 and you were angry because you loved it. holy crap you have the worst taste in movies, LOL.

  • solgazer

    Man of Steel certainly began the freight train of doubt regarding the handling of the DC Comics universe. This has confirmed that they literally have no idea what they are doing. And this is not to give Ben Affleck a hard time. He is a good actor and an excellent director. However he is not even remotely appropriate casting for Batman – in any iteration I can possibly think of. I am surprised that he accepted. Unturndownable pay cheque me thinks!

    • McKealty

      Nothing you said here is based in fact. It is all your opinion.

      • Solgazer

        You’re right. He’s a terrible actor and an okay director. And I don’t doubt Man of Steel was terrible, I know it was terrible. For such a precious property to be so hideously mishandled cannot be overstated. Thank you for the heads up!

      • Bob

        Lol moron, you put caps on the first letter of his name(solgazer) so we know its you McKealty dip shit. Lol fail.

  • Johnny Mac

    Affleck was the Bomb in Phantoms, Yo.

    • McA

      You get all the points yo! Humor is the best way to take this… but still, let’s not go nuts. It could maybe, possibly, still not completely blow. Synder still directing?

      Ah, ok… Justice League reboot in 2022 looking hot though, right?

    • Scurvy

      I wonder if Kevin Smith’s brain has melted…

  • Jay

    How are his “Oscar wins” relevant to this discussion. They’re for behind the scenes. He has no great performances in his career.

    • Liderc

      ^Hasn’t seen The Town or Argo.

  • ritchie

    damn this motherfucker is about to explode see you guys monday lol

  • Yurine

    What an unusual choice.

  • Daniel O’Reilly

    Not at all who I was expecting (Jon Hamm). But if he has to be Batman, let him direct the film also. He’s a far better director than Snyder.

  • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

    Fuck it
    I won’t watch
    I’m done with DC

  • ritchie

    one thing we do hope is affleck read the script before making the deal cause then he going to be in for a big suprise goyer weak ass writing

  • McA

    Anyone hoping that Superman kicks Afflec…I mean, Batman’s ass now?

  • ritchie

    goerge clooney looking pretty good rigth now just kidding

  • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

    This will bomb so hard
    Batman has to be intimidating
    Can anybody in here see Ben affleck as intimidating or even as the worlds greatest detective ? I know for a fact the average audience won’t
    I’m done with the DC universe as a whole.

    • IMPYEMU

      No you’re not.

    • IMPYEMU

      No you’re not.

  • ThisGuy

    Bale (in ’05), Cavill, Hemsworth, Evans, Ruffalo….none of them huge names to the masses. Even RDJ wasn’t humongous in ’08. That’s what allowed them to disappear into their roles. Ben’s too famous, too well-known. I do like him, not shitting on the guy. Glad to see his second chance in Hollywood. Just tough for people to forget it’s him at Bats.

  • Junesong

    Alex – no one sees Michael Keaton and thinks “intimidating” and yet he’s one of the best Batmans ever.

  • justin

    welp, there goes batman folks

  • McKealty

    He must have one SERIOUSLY sore jaw.

    • hunjee

      you know from experience? is that how you got your promotion at mcdonalds? lol

      • McKealty

        I’m sorry to have insulted your boyfriend. I didn’t know how strongly you felt about him.

    • hunjee

      you know from experience? is that how you got your promotion at mcdonalds? lol

    • IMPYEMU

      Keep crying.

    • IMPYEMU

      Keep crying.

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  • scottish_punk

    The next Batman is that asshole from Fashionable Male…fuck…

    Looks like O’Bannion is coming back to paddle that Kryptonian ASS!

    (It was too easy)

  • Julio Navas

    Come on guys, give him a chance. In fact, the Man of Steel sequel was already doomed with Snyder directing.

  • Joe

    Ok that was unexpected. First response is of course…it sucks!
    But then again there may be a vision for Batman/Wayne that we don’t understand yet in the context of MOS.
    An open mind needs to prevail here…

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  • Jonboy

    So that means Casey Affleck will play Robin!!

    Seriously though… he just.. may.. possibly pull it off as an old superhero who outsmarts Supes…He has done good performances before..plus he may have his own perspective on the character….wait…Snyder is directing…
    ..nope I take it all back

  • Calderon

    David Fincher chose him as the male lead for Gone Girl, and the last three movies FIncher has directed has nabbed his three leads (Pitt, Eisenberg, Mara) Oscar nominations. Do not underestimate this casting.

  • LEM

    I don’t get how out of all the great choices we heard (Josh Brolin being the best choice IMO for an older Batman) this is what we get. They blew it before they even started filming but on a good note they’ll be rebooting it soon after and maybe they’ll do better.

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  • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

    Lets hope Superman kills again

  • fhryuj

    Shit. Fuck. No!

  • eternalozzie

    Lets keep it real folks … no matter how badly people may or may not think it’s cast we are all going to see it. It’s Batman AND Superman … in the same film … i don’t even like DC that much but i am not going to miss this.

  • TJ

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Al Conyado

    I’m fucking in! The guy loves his comics and knows these characters, he’ll do the role a fuckton of justice!

  • Damon

    Anyone think it’s funny that Affleck starred as “Superman” in Hollywoodland with Diane Lane who plays Martha Kent in Man of Steel?

  • Littertray

    He has the right look for Bruce Wayne, you have to give him that. I have a feeling he could suprise people if they can get over all the stuff he did over a decade ago. People seemed to have forgotten some of the bombs RDJ was in before Iron Man, U.S Marshalls anyone?

  • Nathaniel Haywood

    I actually really like Ben Affleck…more as a director than an actor, but still. I think he’ll be fine; internet reaction was going to be overwhelmingly negative no matter who they cast. Even if Batman was a real person and they cast HIM, people would be angry about it on the internet. The movie’s biggest issue is Snyder, not Affleck. Hopefully Snyder will learn from his mistakes on MOS.

    Here’s the only issue I have with Affleck as Batman – wouldn’t the chin give him away? He has a pretty distinctive cleft in his chin…maybe they will use a minor prosthetic.

    • mbmarquis69

      DC has another popular character who puts on a pair of glasses and no one recognizes him as the most famous super being on the planet. So, I don’t think Batman’s chin is much of a problem.

      • Nathaniel Haywood

        Haha, fair point.

  • TheShitJustGotReal

    I’ll quote Darth Vader “Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo”

  • TheShitJustGotReal

    I’ll quote Darth Vader “Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo”

  • NMphotog

    I think Chasing Amy and Dazed and Confused are the only two movies I’d say he was even tolerable. But Batman. Man, they only thing worse is they could have just hired George Clooney or Chris O’Donnell and turned it into an episode of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers…

    Ah crap

  • NMphotog

    I think Chasing Amy and Dazed and Confused are the only two movies I’d say he was even tolerable. But Batman. Man, they only thing worse is they could have just hired George Clooney or Chris O’Donnell and turned it into an episode of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers…

    Ah crap

  • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

    But Nolan told Warner bros. to cast Wes Bentley… you know the weird kid from American beauty

  • junierizzle

    I’m totally cool with this. It’s Goyer and Snyder that has me terribly unexcited.

  • junierizzle

    I’m totally cool with this. It’s Goyer and Snyder that has me terribly unexcited.

  • Brian Parker

    Wow! I didn’t see this coming, but I think it’s inspired casting. Ben Affleck has really matured as an actor, and I think that he has the chops to play anything he wants to. The problem with playing an iconic character like Batman is the mewling masses of geeks that are going to want him to play the part THEIR WAY. A seasoned actor doesn’t care what you want – he wants to capture the character the RIGHT WAY, and I think that Affleck is knowledgeable enough, and confident enough to bring something new to the role. I’m excited to see this come together.

  • The Office: No please no

    my god

  • Chris

    Sorry, the guy is terrible at acting. Another movie I will avoid!

  • stylus59

    he was actually okay in daredevil. not great, but serviceable. i think he won’t suck in this film, though i’m not confident he will be great here either

    • Jonboy

      Exactly! And Daredevil was like 10 years ago…we didn’t even know what we wanted from comic book movies back then.

      • stylus59

        it’s the “Gigli effect”. people still can’t forgive Affleck for that horrible film

      • stylus59

        it’s the “Gigli effect”. people still can’t forgive Affleck for that horrible film

    • Jonboy

      Exactly! And Daredevil was like 10 years ago…we didn’t even know what we wanted from comic book movies back then.

  • Jonboy

    “By playing a superhero in Daredevil, I have inoculated myself from ever playing another superhero,” – Ben Affleck

    I guessed playing Batman is a good reason to change his mind…

    here’s the whole article..
    http://web.archive.org/web/20080811042318/http://www.slashfilm.com/article.php/20061102afflecknodaredevil

  • Jonboy

    “By playing a superhero in Daredevil, I have inoculated myself from ever playing another superhero,” – Ben Affleck

    I guessed playing Batman is a good reason to change his mind…

    here’s the whole article..
    http://web.archive.org/web/20080811042318/http://www.slashfilm.com/article.php/20061102afflecknodaredevil

    • Victor Pleitez

      Adfleck walks by a batman poster and the poster speaks; ” I’m Batman!!! You can’t deny the part in mos2!!!!”

  • IMPYEMU

    Keep crying, keep crying! Your tears are delicious!

    Best news I’ve heard all year.

  • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

    i can see the dialogue now
    HEY, ALFRED, MY FACKIN’ SOUP’S COLD!
    …It’s gazpacho, Mr. Wayne.

    YOU EITHAH DIE A HERO OR LIVE LAWNG ENOUGH TA SEE YAHSELF BECOME A FACKIN QUEAH.

    HEY, CLAWK. I GAWT SOMETHIN YOU CAN KNEEL BEFOAH.

    YOU KNOW WHAT KEEPE ME GOIN’, CLAHK?! THE THAWT THAT ONE DAY I’M GANNA WAWK UP TA YA FAWTRESS OF SAWLITUDE, AND YOU AIN’T THEAH. YA JUST TOOK OFF TO SAHM WICKED FAH PLANET AH SOME SHIT LIKE THAT. NO ONE DENIES THIS!

    YOU GAWT A WINNIN’ LAWTERY TICKET, CLAWK. IF YAW STILL WAHKIN AT THAT FAHKIN PAYPAH IN FIVE YEAHS, I’LL SHOVE A PIECE A KRYPTONITE SO FAH UP YAWR ASS PEOPLE AH GONNA THINK YAW A QWAHTZ FAHKIN WATCH.

    I’M NAWT THE FACKIN HERO GAWTHAM NEEDS BUT THE QUEAH IT FACKIN DESAHVES TA HAVE IN ITS REAHVIEW.

    “Mr. Wayne! Care to comment on why you and the Batman are never in the same place at the same time?”
    “BECAUSE I’M THE FACKIN BATMAN, YOU RETAHD.”
    [gasps and flash bulbs abound]
    “ANY OF YOU GAYLORDS SEEN MY CAH? IT’S LAWNG, BLACK AND FACKIN FIYAH SHOOTS OUT THE BACK?”

    YA KNOW HOW MOZAHT COULD JUST SIT DOWN IN FRUNNA PIANO AN MAKE AL THEM QUEAH SOUNDS COME OUT? WELL WHEN IT COMES TA PUNCHIN FAHKIN CRIMINALS INNA CUNT, I COULD ALWAYS JUST PLAY.

    WHEYAS DA FACKIN TRIGGAH!?!?!?! WHEYA IS IT YA FACKIN CAWKSUCKAH?!?!?!?!?! TELL ME WHEYA IT IS THEN YA HAVE MY PAHMISSION TO DIE YA MAHBLE-MOUTHED MATHA FAKCA!!!!!!!!!!!

    OUTTA MY WAY YOU GOTHAM FAHKIN SHITS!
    *yeah yeah I know that was marky mark but it’s still funny*

    • IMPYEMU

      This is hilarious. How can you not be excited for this movie after writing this?

  • WTF Guy

    Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

  • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

    Lol
    It’s obvious that runner, runner is tracking bad and look like a certain flop so they put out this fake release so that Ben affleck get a bit of coverage and hopefully people go see the new batman in runner runner
    After runner runner makes profit, Warner bros will be like: sikes, naw we were just fooling, Wes Bentley is the new batman, forget old batman

  • http://www.patuniverse.com/ PATuniverse.com

    I’m 50/50 on this. I really don’t like the fact that Affleck was chosen to be Batman but at the same time I don’t want to be one of these whiny fanboys who shits on casting choices. People did that with Heath Ledger and Ann Hathaway and they both knocked their performances out the park. Ben Affleck is slept on but he’s made poor decisions earlier in his career. He’s doing his thing now and getting the acclaim and props for it, so hopefully WB knows what the fuck they’re doing. I’m going to go see this movie regardless because I hope Affleck will make me and everyone else eat their words. I want him to prove us wrong.

    • IMPYEMU

      Heath Ledger was in KNIGHT’S TALE.

      And people are bitching about Daredevil…gimme a fuckin’ break.

      • Victor Pleitez

        All it takes is one movie and people will give you he stink eye. In affleck’s case he’s been sadly stuck with mediocre directors in the past. DD, Armageddon, paycheck. Hollywood land proved he has talent and gone baby gone showed he a lot of talent. He dived into some really dark areas with his first film, which at the very least shows he can interpret dark characters.

    • IMPYEMU

      Heath Ledger was in KNIGHT’S TALE.

      And people are bitching about Daredevil…gimme a fuckin’ break.

  • Basil Nolan

    Oh no. Leave Ben Affleck behind the camera, where he makes the most of his talent. His acting is as stiff as a corpse.

  • jackjack

    Jesus Christ, this is horrible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Kryptonian Knight

    This is a Justice League move. He won’t be bad as Batman and he’ll be better then Clooney, Kilmer and Keaton on looks and size alone and after watching The Town a half dozen times and Argo his acting has been much improved.

    If he directs The Justice League because of this it will be worth it!

  • Kryptonian Knight

    This is a Justice League move. He won’t be bad as Batman and he’ll be better then Clooney, Kilmer and Keaton on looks and size alone and after watching The Town a half dozen times and Argo his acting has been much improved.

    If he directs The Justice League because of this it will be worth it!

  • Victor Pleitez

    I thought his take on DD was descent enough to warrant a sequel if the film had better direction. That was ages ago now he’s older and can act a little better and has proven to be a capable director. Trying to picture his batman I see the Arkham city version of bats with a little bit of Keaton thrown in. Lets wait for a trailer or a comic con clip to judge.

  • OhDawg

    I can dig it.

  • Victor Pleitez

    This is WBs chance to portray the animated/ Arkham games batman. Affleck could totally pull that off if that’s the path they wanna take. Enough with the realism I want to see batman break arms and crack skulls ip man style and Snyder can pull that off just look at alley fight scene in watchmen. In fact just hire the fight corridnater from ip man and old boy

  • Pk

    Why couldn’t they go with Richard armitage? He was a more inspired choice plus he has got the looks and acting chops to pull off the role. Thanks to his gruffly deep voice he won’t have to change his voice like bale did.

  • Joseph M

    Had to happen. He sold-out everything he and Matt Damon believed in by taking the Argo role. As it was anti-Muslim, pro CIA and financed by the State Department, he was due a reward for service. I thought the Oscar was it, but turns out a plum role was thrown into the deal. My 5 cents? Josh Brolin was the guy to play older Wayne.

  • what

    My jaw is on the floor. Seriously. Somebody pick it up.

  • Great White Noise

    I really don’t know how to feel about this. Yes, he’s accomplished. But is he the right casting for that role? The only thing tempering my judgment at the moment is that everyone thought Nolan was out of his gourd casting Ledger as the Joker… until they saw him. So Bennifer gets the benefit of the doubt until then as a result.

  • http://zoelogie.tumblr.com/ Baby Jean

    ಠ_ಠ !!!! Wait, let’s see:

    -actor with incredible pedigree

    -award winning director

    -family man

    -tall, handsome

    -WB guy…

    So what’s this nagging feeling, then ?

    ಠ_ಠ

  • Tom

    Very good choice. Sure ten years ago I would be angry, but THINGS CHANGE. Now he’s respectable actor and director. He directed three successful films and star in “Hollywoodland”, “State of Play”, “The Company Men” or “To the Wonder”.

    Now it’s not Aflleck from this intrerview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMq6xDHBKwQ

  • Cog

    So Johnny Depp was busy. Wont pay a dime, they just did to Batman what they dei to the Lone Ranger. Miscast the hell out of it.

  • Gurjit

    y not christian bale ??

    • Kevin Carter

      go away…

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  • cineast4

    Reminds me of the time when they cast Clooney as Batman.
    That was inspired. Nothing can go wrong here.

    • Kevin Carter

      I think it was more down to Joel Schumacher’s direction rather than Clooney’s acting that fucked everything up..

  • Polarboy

    Seriously what does it matter, MOS sucked balls anyway and most likely so will B/S, may as well let Affleck do it. I mean its Zack Snyder and Goyer behind this, sucker punch and Blade III are the result of these people being allowed free rein.

  • sraks

    An American playing an American Super Hero?!? Shocked, were all the bristish thespians booked??

  • sense11

    GODFUCKINGDAMMIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You better not fuck this up Ben Affleck

  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    Sorry I think this is a great choice! The guy’s work has been growing in quality since 2006 starting with Hollywood Land. I have a feeling in part for them casting him is in hope he will direct either the JL or the next stand alone Batman film that will follow. It’s a really smart move on WB part. He’s matured a lot since his Daredevil days, which I personally enjoyed the directors cut of. I think he’ll suprise people with his potrayal.

  • Doru

    Affleck as Batman = worst choice ever. First of all, he doesn’t even have the right voice tone to play Bruce Wayne, nor the dark and serious atitude of his. Ben Affleck is a good actor and a great director but he simply can not play this character. Just try to imagine a movie scene with Affleck in the Batman role, and you you’ll see what I mean. Even now, at 41, Ben Affleck has that 25 year old playboy face and voice, and he can’t be taken seriously in this kind of roles. Jon Hamm would have been the perfect choice for this role (an old, wise, experienced, dark, badass Batman). Can you imagine Affleck as a badass guy (and doing a great performance in that role)? I doubt it.

    • Doru

      having a great performance*

    • Josh

      Have you never seen The Town? He was pretty badass in that movie.

  • Mr. Mister

    Ben would be a great Bruce Wayne but Batman, i’ll have to wait and see.

  • TJ

    This is the dumbest s*** ever

  • matt murdock

    I am in shock. Affleck?

  • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

    This will be a crime against Marvel.

  • Faptain America

    I support this wholeheartedly. Affleck’ll make an excellent Bruce Wayne AND Batman. I can’t wait for him to deliver those words they read out at Comic Con.

  • Person

    People should stop wondering about whether or not Affleck will be a good Batman (he’ll be a good Bruce Wayne, not sure about Batman), and pay more attention the fact that he’s associated himself with the movie at all. Affleck’s choices for the past few years have been on the money, and his involvement should be a sign that he sees the MoS sequel as something good enough for him to be a part of. If this means he carries the Bat mantle into Justice League and so on, I think this bears good news for DC movies in the future. Speculating about Affleck’s talent for the role is irrelevant, we won’t know for a couple of years. But I’m starting to get even more excited about Superman vs. Batman or Man of Steel vs. the Shitty Title, whichever they end up picking.

  • GUY DEMKE

    I HAVE ONLY ONE THING TO SAY, I MEAN, NOT ME THEM: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eal4fep7pK4

  • chewspam

    They may as well give JLo a guest spot and call it Superman vs. Gigli 2

  • Agent777

    I like Affleck, but I’ve also seen Daredevil… pretty good indicator this might not work. Maybe it will be the dark version of Batman & Robin, haha.

  • Pacific

    Its good that some of them are hoping that Ben Affleck can play a good Batman. Comparing things with casting choices of Heath Ledger, Tom Hardy but having said that there was a vision of Nolan behind it. Man of steel didnt fared well even if it had Goyer & Nolan contributing in story & screeplay because the directorial capability wasnt up to mark – & vice versa. Ben affleck is a good director no doubt but to play batman he has to transform a lot right from its physique to method of playing bruce wayne. Lets see lots of cards are on bet.

  • chucklehead35

    Watch Argo. The man can act.

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    To be fair, he can be good when he’s got good material (although the only examples I can come up with off the top of my head are Argo and The Town, so maybe he’s only good when he’s directing himself?) but seriously, I find it hard to believe that he was the best they could get.

  • brNdon

    I like Affleck but I don’t think he’s Batman. His lower face and voice are too recognizable. I really wanted someone grittier. Oh well. I hope it turns out ok

  • Nate B.

    Now that we have a new Batman, can we please have a new screenwriter?

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    Also, these comparisons to Ledger are crap. What has Affleck done that even comes close to Ledger in Brokeback Mountain? I don’t think Affleck is destined to crash and burn here, but it’s not the same thing as the reaction to Ledger being cast.

  • sad day

    Nooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!! ohmygod…. ohmygod…. ohmygod…. ohmygod…. ohmygod….

  • Kevin Carter

    I know there is going to be a lot of pissing and moaning about this but before everyone shits all over the movie remember this:
    Fans previous views….
    Michael Keaton was hated
    Heath Ledger was hated
    Hugh Jackman was hated
    Robert Downey Jr was hated
    How did they all turn out??
    It’s been 10years or so since DD.. You’ll all be in the line to watch it..

  • Dmula

    Affleck’s a real Daredevil for accepting this role…..

    Btw I heard Damon’s Robin,Kevin Smith is Commissioner Gordon,Jason Mewes is the Riddler,and George Carl is Alfred.

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  • IronMan3isaMess

    This sounds like a casting choice ripped straight out of the 90s. Like Nicolas Cage as Superman… I, for one, am expecting yet another disaster from Snyder.

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  • Snacks

    Having Batman join Superman in the next Superman movie is intriguing.
    Not using the Nolan realistic style Batman (I hope) is more intriguing.
    Not having Nolan directing, even more intriguing.
    Bringing in Ben Affleck just diminished my intrigue. Just feels like a bad choice.
    Merely having Superman and Batman in the same movie helps sales. A lesser known actor would be better. I actually watch all sorts of movies but do tend to avoid Affleck movies. He is more or less the same in most movies and it is a sameness that I don’t particurly find interesting or watchable.

  • Faptain America

    I can’t wait to see what the internet does when they cast Lex Luthor.

  • Faptain America

    Also, the only mark Christian Bale made on the Batman character was the throaty screaming. The Nolan films were not Batman movies, they were movies containing Batman as just one character. So Bale did nothing outstanding in them.
    Ben Affleck will make a great Bruce Wayne, a serviceable older Batman, and an outstanding Justice League director. With the mask, doesn’t matter who plays Batman. The mask diminishes the actor for the sake of the character. This is why Hugh Jackman owns Wolverine: he never wore the mask. Also why we see so little Iron Man in the Iron Man movies, because it’s the RDJ show. The Dark Knight movies were the Nolan show.
    And regardless of Affleck, the writing and story will make the Batman character, i.e. the lines, the atmosphere, the action, and yes, the gadgets.
    Moreover, this is a Man of Steel sequel, not a Batman movie, so as long as the story, Superman, and Luthor work out well, it should be a good movie. It also shows that WB isn’t going to make standalone Batmans for a while.
    And if they can just bite the bullet and cast Ryan Reynolds as Flash, and get a black actor to play John Stewart/Green Lantern, I’ll happily forget in 5 minutes of Justice League that Reynolds ever played GL. Because he was meant to be Flash. Please no Bradley Cooper, that guy bores me more than Matt Damon does.

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  • Django9000

    You heard it here, folks. SNYDER = THE NEW SHUMACHER.

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